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Post-Game Transcript: Quarterback Daniel Jones

Eric from BBI : Admin : 12/11/2022 6:55 pm
Quarterback Daniel Jones

Q: Their defense has been pretty strong all year out there. Did you see anything different than what you had expected coming in preparing for the game?

A: No, nothing especially different really. They're a good team, fast and physical and execute their assignments. Credit to them but they played well today.

Q: When you guys get down in the hole like you did today, does that affect what you guys are trying to do offensively against them and give them the advantage when you're down 14 and it blooms from there?

A: Yeah, I mean I think it can. It can affect what we're doing. We can't afford to get off to a slow start like that. Didn't do much those first two drives and fell behind. We got to do something to catch ourselves and make a play and get going. It was disappointing we weren't able to do that. Yeah, I think when you get down in a game like that it can affect how you approach it.

Q: Did those two sacks in the first drive send a message from them or force you guys to have to make some adjustments earlier than you had planned?

A: I mean, they're a good rush. They're good up front. We knew that going into the game. I don't think that changed anything we were doing or changed our approach going forward at that point. Yeah, we got to find a way to make a play. Got to find a way to score some points and get going a little earlier in the game.

Q: Do you think this kind of loss can help the team get an honest assessment of where they are in trying to make the playoffs?

A: I think it can. They're a good team. Philadelphia is a really good team and we could see today we aren't where we need to be yet. At the same time, we did some things well we can build off of. We got to come back to work and come back ready to go. I think no one is losing confidence, no one is pointing fingers or anything like that. I think we're just getting back ready to work and looking forward for this huge opportunity for us against Washington.

Q: You played Washington last week and got them next week. Have you ever played a team so close together and if so, does it help or not a big deal in terms of preparing for them the second time?

A: Yeah, I mean I think it can help to have played them recently. You got the game to look back on and study what they did and what they had success with and areas where we had success. I think that's helpful. You got to be able to adjust and get a feel for what they're doing and they're playing. Each game is different. We'll understand that but certainly be prepared going in.

Q: How do you reset after one like this and, as you said, get ready for a huge opportunity next Sunday?

A: I think we've got to be very honest about what it is that we didn't do well today and what led to the result. At the same time, we got to correct that and then move forward, move past it. Understand that no one is going to feel sorry for us. It's up to us to fix it and to move forward. Everything we want to achieve is still out in front of us. The guys understand that and I'm confident we'll bounce back and have a great week of practice and prepare to play well on Sunday night.

Q: You have a lot of young guys in the locker room, you're four years in. For some guys, this is the first time they've experienced a loss like this. Do you feel it's like you have a responsibility to kind of get a temperature check on them and make sure their confidence level stays up?

A: Yeah, I mean I think so. We got a lot of leaders in the locker room, a lot of guys who have been around at least a few years and can help everyone out, help everyone understand that everything is still out in front of us. It was a tough one today for us, we didn't play well enough, but at the same time – there's another opportunity next week and that's what's most important now is how we fix this, how we clean this up and how we move forward. I know guys will be preaching that message and I'm confident we'll have that mindset going in.

Q: It seemed like there was a little uncertainty if (running back) Saquon (Barkley) was going to go today. When you found out he was going, how does that – but also (head coach Brian Daboll) Dabs said he wasn't going to put him on a pitch count and would be worked in with the other guys – how does that affect you guys offensively knowing that the last couple of days have kind of been up in the air and he was questionable and you're not sure what you're going to get out of him today?

A: I don't think it affected us too much. We were ready either way if he played or if he didn't and going to approach the game similarly. The guys who have stepped in, (running back Matt) Brieda and (running back) Gary (Brightwell), have done a really good job when he hasn't been able to go. We have confidence in them but obviously happy he was out there for us today. I don't think it changed a whole lot.

Q: What was your impression of watching (Philadelphia quarterback) Jalen Hurts? How good he is at this point of his career.

A: Yeah, he played well. He played well. He made a lot of good decisions, made plays with his arm, made plays with his legs and kept the offense going. He's playing at a really high level right now.

Q: (Safety) Julian (Love) just said it's the first time in his career that he's ever had, this late in the season, something to play for. For yourself, how does it feel as a team to have four games left and you guys control your own destiny?

A: It's exciting. There's a lot of guys who haven't experienced that. That hunger and the opportunity that's in front of us to get to the playoffs and play these meaningful games down the stretch is an awesome opportunity. We're excited. Everyone is going to be excited. We got to bounce back from this one, take what we can from it but move on and get ready to play our best game on Sunday night.
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