Quarterback Daniel Jones
Q: What does it mean that the team has made a strong commitment to you for this season and that they believe in you? What's your overall reaction.
A: I'm excited to get going here and I appreciate the support. It's my job to do my role, prepare this team, prepare myself, play as well as I can, and put the team in a position to win games. So, I take that responsibility very seriously and that's what I'm focused on.
Q: And are you focused just on the present or thinking about a contract in the future?
A: Yeah, I think we've got new coaches, we've got new teammates and there's certainly plenty to focus on right now and work to prepare and take advantage of each day. Right now, we're preparing for training camp and that's what we're focusing on. That's certainly what I'm focusing on right now is the present, making sure we have the best workouts and OTAs as we can.
Q: "We've done everything we can to screw this kid up since he's been here." That was the quote of the off-season so far from John Mara. What did you think when you heard that, had you heard that before, and do you agree with it?
A: As I said, my focus is on preparing myself, and I take full responsibility for how I've played, and we haven't won enough games. We haven't scored enough points. We haven't done things well enough. I take responsibility for that. As a quarterback, you play a big role in those things. So, that's what I'm focused on. I'm working on improving and making sure that myself as well as the offense, as well as the team, is ready to go and we're improving daily.
Q: Do you think that the new coach and coordinator who have come in can help you get back to the level that you want to be at?
A: Yeah, I think so. We're still pretty early on. We're a day into this offseason stuff. There's a lot of learning. There's, like I said, meeting people and getting on the same page, but I'm excited. I'm excited to learn it, excited to work with everyone here and I'm looking forward to all of it.
Q: Daniel, did you think it was the right decision to clean house and fire the last coaching staff?
A: None of those decisions are on my plate. My job is to play quarterback and play well and like I said, lead the offense. That's not my job or my responsibility to evaluate those kinds of decisions or really worry about that. As I said, my focus is now and the present and what we're doing to improve every day here.
Q: Is there any doubt in your mind that you'll be healthy for the start of week one?
A: No. I'm feeling good and ready to go.
Q: This is your third offense now, new offense. Your predecessor, Eli Manning, was in one offense for a decade and a half. How challenging, difficult, and exciting is that for you? Everyone says continuity is very important. The second year in an offense is better than the first year, and you have not had that luxury. What do you think of this playbook?
A: I think it's great. I think it's a tremendous opportunity for me to learn a lot of different ways to do it and to see a lot of approaches. You know you can pick up things from each system, but obviously this system has had a ton of success. They had a ton of success in Buffalo with it and there's a reason. So, I'm looking forward to finding out what those reasons are, learning the offense, and then building it around what we do well as a team with the guys we got here. That's what's exciting to me. I think it's an awesome opportunity for all of us here.
Q: You're just getting the first chapter of a book here. Is there anything you can look at right away and say, I like this, I think this is going to work for me?
A: Yeah, I think as you said, we're one day into it. We've had a couple of hours of meetings and, you know, most of that's introductory information. We're pretty early on, but you see things, you know when you're watching film of other teams and watching games on TV, and as I said, the system has a lot and can do a lot of different things. That's what's exciting to me and I'm looking forward to learning.
Q: When they put this coaching staff together, did you take it upon yourself to go back and break down the Bills offense, maybe take a look at what the Chiefs did with [Offensive Coordinator] Mike [Kafka] there, just from that perspective for what's available to you, did you kind of look at what's happened in different spots?
A: Yeah, I did. You know watching a lot of those playoff games for both those teams and you try to watch and pick up little things, but until you're really in the system, learning from the coaches and hearing them talk it through. We're not quite there yet, so I'm looking forward to that piece of it. Like you all see, like everyone sees, these offenses have scored a lot of points, created a lot of explosive plays, and had a lot of success. Dabs has said, we'll build it around the people here, the skill guys we got and what they do well, and the offense in general. I'm looking forward to that and looking forward to getting going.
Q: I was wondering what was your reaction when they brought Tyrod Taylor in and have you had a chance to interact with him much and how do you see that relationship between you guys growing?
A: Yeah, I'm excited. He's a guy with a lot of experience in this league. He's played at a high level in this league for a long time. I'm looking forward to learning from him and working with him. I talked to him when he signed and here today again, so looking forward to continuing to build that relationship. I think that'll be great for both of us, great for our offense, and great for our team. [I'm] looking forward to having him.
Q: Have you had conversations about that fifth-year option and how do you feel about that as that decision is looming with the deadline in May?
A: There'll be a time and place for those conversations, so we'll see. We'll take care of that. We'll do that when it comes up, but I'm focused on what we're doing here; preparing and taking advantage of every day we have here together.
Q: You said you're feeling good and ready to go. Does that mean you've been cleared? I know there's no contact until August, but have you gotten word from the doctors that you'll be cleared to play whenever the time comes?
A: Yeah, I'll be cleared and ready to go.
Q: You talked about looking at the Chiefs' offense and the Bills' offense. When you look at those, do you sit there and go I'm Daniel Jones? I have to be myself when I run those offenses and not Josh Allen or Patrick Mahomes.
A: I think as a player you never want to be in a situation where you're trying to be someone else or you're doing things that aren't you, or you're comparing yourself in certain situations. I think any player at any position in any sport, I think that's when you get into trouble. So, I think there are things you can pick up. Obviously, there are things that those two guys have done really well to help their teams be successful these past few years. So, studying those things and more just looking at the system, something Dabs just talks about a lot, like I said earlier, building it around what we have here and our guys and what we do well as a group. I think as we get going that'll be a big part of this spring and on into training camp.