QB Colt McCoy
December 2, 2020
Q: We’ve been hearing from some of your defensive teammates about these fast Friday periods, that you’re going out there and kind of putting on a show. I was just curious if you could tell us a little bit about that. What’s your mentality when you go out there and, I don’t know, no-look passes? It sounds like they’re describing a pretty crazy quarterback.
A: No, I’ll tell you what, going against our defense week to week, you get to see a lot of different looks, a lot of different coverages, a lot of different pressures. They do a tremendous job. That’s actually been really good for me to see all of those looks. I try to give them the best look I can each week. Those guys play at a high level, so any time you go out there, you better be prepared. It’s been a great conversation talking to Logan (Ryan), talking to James (Bradberry), really the linebackers, anybody who ‘hey, where was that guy going to be? Was he wrapping behind me? What did you think the coverage was?’ Those sorts of things. That’s part of my job, to give those guys good looks.
Q: They’re exaggerating a little bit?
A: I guess. I don’t know what all they’ve told you. But at the same time, it’s also about developing our receivers, the guys that are rookies, the undrafted guys. Making sure that they know the depths of their routes, where I think they’re supposed to be in zone versus man. We go out there and we work really hard. Again, our defense is playing at a high level right now, which has been really nice.
Q: I would assume that your preparation for this week has not changed at all other than you might not be running fast Friday this week?
A: Yeah, that’s exactly right. Not a whole lot has changed.
Q: The only question I have is, I guess you’ve had one start since December of 2018. Do you have to knock some rust off?
A: Yeah, I felt like I was a little rusty last week, to be honest. A couple plays I wish I could have back. But we’ll see what happens this week. I know DJ (Daniel Jones) is extremely tough. He’s the leader of this football team. He’s going to do everything he can to be out there. But I’m sure I’ll get some reps in practice this week. I have to take advantage of those I do get.
Q: You’ve been around. You’re not some young guy who’s running in there for the first time. If you play on Sunday in Seattle, what do you know about this offense and what you can bring to this Giants team?
A: First of all, I just have to go out there and do my best to execute the plays that are called. I think we definitely need to continue to run the football. We’ve been doing that well over the last four or five weeks. Ball security has been great for us. Just those two things right off the bat come to mind. I’ll do my best if I happen to be out there to make that happen.
Q: Is there any reason why a lot of people when they think about a backup quarterback they say ‘oh boy this is going to be a problem. He’s a liability.’ Do you look at yourself like that in any way?
A: No, you can’t ever look at yourself that way. I think that’s why scout team is valuable. You’re not necessarily getting your team’s offensive reps, but you’re getting reps. You’re working on footwork and you’re working on IDs, you’re working on seeing coverages, different protection looks. But you’re right, running our offense, executing our offense and what we do is all mental for me. At least up to this point it has been. DJ and I spend a lot of time together studying. ‘How are we going to play this if they do this? How are we going to see it if they do this?’ The communication has been great. But again, there’s nothing like reps. You’re right.
Q: A lot of people look at this game and say Colt McCoy might be starting for the Giants. He’s a guy who has been around a long time but doesn’t have a lot of wins. Do you think you have been given a fair shake in the NFL? You’ve been on some pretty bad teams. I’m sure I don’t have to remind you. There were some good ones. too. I think you went pretty deep with the 49ers one year.
A: You’re right, I’ve been around the league for a long time. Any time you get to go out as a starter, if that happens this week, you’re one of 32 guys that get to do that in the whole world. I certainly don’t take that for granted. I choose to look forward and not look backward. A lot of things that have happened to me in the past have been a lot of good learning experiences. There’s a lot of valuable things I can take from my career so far. My focus right now is really on this team and what we’ve got going. If I’m called on, how I can be my best out there for us.
Q: If you do get the opportunity, what do you need to do to replace Daniel?
A: I just need to go out there execute and be myself. Daniel has played at a really high level the last three weeks. I think that’s why it’s so frustrating for him. You could see the growth that he’s made. He’s playing at a really high level. I think for me, it’s communication. Working with wideouts, working with running backs. We’re doing a lot of stuff on the line. Who knows what we’ll do this week? Just being prepared, that’s the name of the game. That’s why the Giants brought me here. I think that’s the expectation. If your number is called, whether it’s quarterback, receiver, on the other side of the ball on defense, when you have to step up, you have to step up. I just have to be mentally prepared for whatever happens.
Q: You said you haven’t had many opportunities. I think it’s three starts since 2014. That’s also your last win as a starter. Has it felt like a long time for you?
A: Yeah, you have to figure out ways to compete with yourself, whether that’s at practice, whether that’s in the meeting room. Everything I do or any backup quarterback does is mostly mental. I don’t look at it as how long it’s been since I started. Last year was hard, I was injured. First time I had really dealt with something like that. That made last year feel like many years. I’m really counting my blessings to be back out here. I had a good training camp. We have an awesome QB room and great coaches. I’ve been very proud to be a part of this football team. Part of the expectation for me is to be prepared to play. If that happens, it happens. I’ll do my best.