Quarterback Daniel Jones
September 14, 2022
Q: What do you do for an encore after Week 1 victory?
A: Just come back to work, I think. It’s a big win for us, but it’s one game. It’s about what we do now. I think that’s been the approach. As soon as we finished up the tape on Monday. We’re now on to Carolina, and that’s what we focus on. It’s just one game. We haven’t done anything yet. So, we’re focused on this game coming up.
Q: How much respect do you have for this Carolina defense, which is pretty good.
A: We have a lot of respect for them. They’re a good defense. They play fast. They’re physical. Good up front. Good in the back end. Play with a lot of speed and physicality. So, we understand that, and we’ll be ready for them.
Q: As the quarterback, certain games some receivers get more; some receivers get less. Do you take it upon yourself to talk to those guys like maybe (Wide Receiver) Kadarius (Toney)? Explain what’s happening and maybe why some guys get the ball and some guys don’t?
A: I think you’re always talking and always communicating with your guys so that everyone’s on the same page. I think guys understand it works out like that sometimes. That’s the nature of the game. We happen to be running the ball really well and taking advantage of some of those opportunities. They know I’m going to try to get them the ball in every situation I can. The most important thing is that we win the game. I think everyone has that same mindset.
Q: What do you think as just a fan of football and a guy in the league, what do you think of (Panthers Quarterback Mayfield) Baker and his game and what he brings to the team?
A: I think he’s a good player. He makes a lot of plays. He’s got a strong arm. He can fit the ball into some tight windows and make big plays for his team. I’ve enjoyed watching him, and he’s a good player.
Q: How excited are you for the home opener?
A: I’m excited. I’m excited to get in front of the fans back at MetLife. Looking forward to the energy and just feeling kind of the juice from them. We’ve talked a lot about winning at home, protecting homefield and we’re all excited to do that. So, I’m looking forward to getting out there.
Q: Is it literally easier for you when the running game is going that well?
A: Yeah. It certainly is. That helps us in the pass game, opens up some opportunities for us, and helps us move it down the field. Those guys did a great job up front, opening up some holes. And (Running Back) Saquon (Barkley) did a great job hitting them and creating explosive plays for us. So, that was huge.
Q: Did you discuss with them about five sacks?
A: I think each one of those plays is different, and I certainly have a part in all those as well. So, I’ve got to do a good job understanding where the pressure is coming from and getting the ball out of my hands. But those guys played a great game, ran the ball really well; and we’ll keep working. But that’s all of us.
Q: How do you realize that you got one win, but the task at hand is here and you really haven’t accomplished a lot yet as team?
A: I think we understand that. So, how we do it? I think we’re already doing it; and we understand it. We’re onto this week. So, our heads are down and back at work preparing for this week. We understand that. I think that’s been clear, and we’re excited to get back to work.
Q: Obviously, it wasn’t a blowout victory. But, when you have a game like that where you have to lead your team down for a late score, does that mean extra for you just to be able to do that?
A: It’s always fun to win those games down the stretch. It wasn’t perfect for us, especially early on in the game on offense. We didn’t play our best – didn’t do a lot of the things as well as we could’ve. So, we’ll look to clean those up. But ultimately, we were able to do what we had to do to win the game. So, that’s exciting and something to build off of.
Q: What are you guys expecting atmosphere-wise from the crowd? The fanbase is pretty pumped up. The best comp(arison) is probably after your first career start. Do you sense that? What do you kind of expect?
A: I expect a lot of energy, a lot of juice from the fans and for them to be riled up. And we’re excited to get in front of them and play. Like I said, talked about defending our home turf, and that’s what we’re looking forward to doing. I think we all feel that in this locker room, and we’re excited to get out in front of them.
Q: How much do you sense that there might be a different sort of enthusiasm?
A: I definitely get the sense for that.
Q: In what ways?
A: I’m not on social media a ton, so you don’t see a ton of that. But just kind of in the building, talking to guys, talking to friends, talking to family, everyone’s excited. But at the end of the day, we haven’t done anything. We’ve won one game, and I think we all understand that. So, there’s a lot ahead of us. There’s a lot to do, and that’s what we’re focused on this week.
Q: After the game, you said it was just a bad read or a bad throw on the interception. When you went back and looked at the film, did you see anything different?
A: Not really. Just a bad decision there. Can’t afford to put us in that situation down in the red zone, so definitely one to learn from.
Q: (inaudible) said on the radio that he asked (Head Coach Brian) Daboll what he said, and he said, ‘Make better decisions.’ Is that, I mean there were obviously no words on that, but what Brian said was, ‘Make better decisions?’
A: I think he was just communicating the costly mistake. We can’t afford to do it. What goes on goes on in a game. There’s a lot of communication back and forth, so I understood it. Got to be able to move on.
Q: Do you consider that tough coaching? And if so, do you like to be coached tough?
A: I think it was just communicating, and there’s emotion in a game. There’s emotion in a situation like that at the end of the game. It’s my job to understand it, listen to it and be able to respond.
Q: There are some videos of him talking to (Bills Quarterback) Josh (Allen) in that same way, especially early in his career there. Did you talk to Josh at all about, ‘Hey how does this guy go about his business, and what should I expect?’
A: I really haven’t talked to Josh a lot. He’s an emotional guy. He’s passionate and enthusiastic. I think that’s what makes him such a good coach. You got to be able to take the coaching and move on. That’s part of (it).
Q: Would you have been shocked if something like that didn’t happen between now and the end of the season?
A: Yeah. I don’t know. Like I said, it’s part of it; and he’s an emotional guy. So, it’s all good.