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Post-Game Transcript: Quarterback Daniel Jones

Eric from BBI : Admin : 10/16/2022 7:41 pm
Quarterback Daniel Jones

Q: When it was 20-10, on the sideline it seemed like (Head Coach) Brian (Daboll) was pretty fired up. What was he saying.?

A: Yeah, he was pretty fired up. I think we all were. He wanted to see a sense of urgency and understanding the point of the game that we were in. We needed to respond as a group, as an offense, and I think that's what he was communicating.

Q: How do you describe the relationship you're building with (Tight End Daniel) Bellinger? He scored a touchdown today for you.

A: Like I've said, I think he's found ways to make key plays here and there and heads up, instinctual, football plays. He's got a knack for getting open, finding space, and making key plays for us. So, he deserves a lot of credit. We'll continue to try to get him the ball and let him make those plays.

Q: In the second half being down, how do you explain the constant 'we're never out of the game' mindset?

A: It's just a tough group. We've got a competitive spirit, a competitive stamina, something Dabs has preached since he got here in the spring. I think guys have really taken to that and really tried to make that something we show every time we get on the field. It's a tough, gritty group. It wasn't perfect again today, a lot of things we can clean up and do better but found a way to win down the stretch.

Q: You guys are 5-1. Do you think of it like, 'wow' or do you say, 'hey we're still just building something here. Going forward, one game at a time'.

A: I think that's the way we have to look at it is one game at a time. We're 5-1 and I think that's certainly something that helps us build confidence but when you look at the tape and when you're playing these games, you realize how much more we can do and ways we can make a few more plays here and there, tighten up a couple things, and we're better off going throughout the game. That's where our focus is. That's where, as a group, that's where we're going to look to improve on and how we're going to go forward.

Q: Why do you think you guys have been so much better in the second half?

A: I don't know. I think it's probably a lot of things. Just execution early on in the game hasn't been as good as it could be. We've made good adjustments at halftime and found certain things that are working throughout the game. So, that's definitely something that we need to look at and something we need to improve on going forward.

Q: What did (Wide Receiver) Wan'Dale (Robinson) add today?

A: A good bit. He made a couple of big plays for us there. Good football player, smart player, and he'll definitely help us out going forward.

Q: What can you say about (Wide Receiver) Darius Slayton's resiliency? He's barely on the depth chart in the preseason and now he's starting by Week 6.

A: He's a great player, tough guy, competitor, smart football player, and someone who I have a lot of faith in. Built a lot of chemistry over the years and he's made a lot of plays for me, for this team, and I've got a lot of belief and confidence in him. Certainly, wasn't a surprise to me for him to be playing as big a role as he is now.

Q: When (Running Back) Saquon (Barkley) goes down at the end, is that something you guys discussed in the huddle before that play?

A: Yeah, that's something we prepare for each week. Something we're talking about on the sideline, in the huddle and a heads up play by him. It's one thing to talk about it, it's another thing to execute in the heat of the moment and he did it well. So, credit to him on that.

Q: When was the last time you had this much fun playing football?

A: (Laughs) I don't know. It's been a while, for sure. But a lot we still got to do to improve and work on and that's what we're going to focus on doing. Certainly, more fun to win.

Q: There are some people who probably look at this team and say they're shocked that every week you seem to find a way. Are you guys in that same category?

A: We're not shocked. No, we're not shocked that we find ways to win. I think we're confident in what we can do and we're confident in our toughness, our ability to compete and find ways to win down the stretch. So, no, we're not shocked. I think we understand there's a lot still out there for us, (and) there's a lot we've got to work to improve on, but no, we're not shocked.

Q: Did you hear the cheers as you were introduced?

A: No, I didn't really hear them.

Q: How were you feeling and what were you doing when (Safety) Julian (Love) got the pick?

A: I was excited. I was on the sideline and you're preparing for the next situation. Then you see that play, it's a sudden change, and you're just trying to get ready to execute whatever's called.

Q: Considering how well the defense has played in some of these big spots, when you're on the sideline and you're able to cut it down to three, when you step back on the field, what's kind of going through your mind, knowing that they can potentially swing the game and you could be back out there in a big spot?

A: I think you just want to be prepared for all situations and that's what you're doing is discussing each situation, what happens, what we're going to call, and how we're going to execute it from there. So, I think we do a good job communicating that from coaches to players throughout the group. I feel like we've been prepared.

Q: You threw touchdown passes to two rookies, that doesn't happen that often. Where would you be without those guys?

A: Those guys deserve a lot of credit. They stepped up and made big plays for us throughout the game. Bellinger has made a lot of big plays this season for us at key points of the game. So, continue to try to get him the ball. Wan'Dale did a good job getting open and making a couple big plays, too. We'll continue to work with them and see ways we can give them the ball.

Q: You guys are 5-1 this season, if you had to put one message out to the Giants' fans who were electric all game long, (Defensive Coordinator) Wink Martindale asked a couple of weeks back for the fans to bring that electricity. What's a message that you can send now that you guys won a great game today?

A: Just that we're going to compete. We're going to compete for 60 minutes and try to give the fans something to be proud about. Give them a reason to cheer and that's what we're trying to do each week. A lot we've got to clean up and we're going to get better as a team each week, but we're going to compete, we're going to play hard and fight for 60 minutes.
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