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Transcript: Quarterback Daniel Jones

Eric from BBI : Admin : 1/17/2023 6:07 pm
Quarterback Daniel Jones

Q: Is Philadelphia any more hostile to play in than other cities?

A: I mean it's a divisional game, I think that brings some intensity to it. They're known for having a good crowd to support their team. We're prepared for it; we've played there before.

Q: What makes it so difficult? I know you've only actually started there once I believe, as an organization you guys haven't won there since 2013.

A: I think every game is different. I think we'll approach this like we would any other game, but they're a good team, it's a good environment, they bring a lot of energy, fans are passionate. Like any road game we'll prepare for that and be able to handle that as part of the game.

Q: What is it like to have this opportunity for your team being one of the eight teams that are remaining?

A: Yeah, it's a great opportunity for us to still be playing. This is where you want to be, playing these big games. It's an awesome opportunity for us but as far as our approach and our preparation it's going to be consistent with what we've done all year. We know that's the way we're going to prepare to play our best on Saturday.

Q: How much have you grown as a quarterback since that first matchup in Week 14 against the Eagles?

A: I think I've gotten better every week. Go back and look at what we did well, what we didn't do as well and see where we can improve, (and) find a way to make some more plays.

Q: Do you think that was one of the best offensive outputs that you guys had against the Vikings?

A: I thought we played well. I thought we were able to run the ball well, we were efficient in the pass game. I thought the guys up front played a really good game, opened up a lot of stuff for us and we made some plays. Yeah, I think it was good. Still some things we can clean up and do better going forward.

Q: Eagles have 70.0 sacks, aside from that number what makes their front in the pass rush so challenging to deal with?

A: They've got good players and they know how to get to the quarterback. We'll have a plan for those guys, and we've got a lot of confidence in our guys up front. They've played really well the whole year and they'll be ready to go.

Q: How much has your confidence in particular grown in (tackle) Andrew Thomas over the years? He's really improved from his rookie season.

A: I've always had a lot of confidence in Andrew. I think he's been rock solid. Like anybody playing that position, early on there's some things you've got to learn but I thought he learned them quickly and there's no one playing at a higher level right now at that position in the league. Huge credit to him, he's an unbelievable player. If you saw how he works and how approaches everyday you wouldn't be surprised.

Q: I know it's not at the top of your list, but you hear what's been said about you over the years, the perception of everything since you got drafted. What's it like knowing that you're proving all these people wrong at this point?

A: I don't think I've spent a whole lot of time thinking about that. I think if there's anything I've learned it's about what you do the next week, so I'm focused on that. Continuing to try to improve and play as well as I can on Saturday, that's my focus.

Q: Have you noticed people reacting differently to you though? Have you seen that at all? People thinking differently about you as a quarterback either on the field or off the field?

A: Yeah, you hear some of it for sure and notice some it. It's part of it. I can't control how people respond positively or negatively, just control how I play and that's my focus.

Q: (Wide receiver) Darius (Slayton) told me he sees it on the field that even other players have gained respect for you. Do you see that in opposing defenses? Do they attack you differently maybe than you've seen in the past?

A: Not necessarily, I don't think anything sticks out. Just as an offense throughout the course of the year you see how some defenses will change their approach to us, but no not specific to me.

Q: Does the team still feel like there's unfinished business? That it's nice that we've gotten to this point but there's still much more to accomplish?

A: Yeah, without a doubt. We certainly feel like we've played well to this point but by no means are we satisfied with just getting here. There's a lot of work to do for us and we're excited to do it. That's been the approach this week. Guys came in today ready to work and ready to get after it. We've got a lot still left to do.

Q: Has it even sunk in that the reality is you're two wins away from the Super Bowl?

A: We're just focused on this week. We're focused on everything we have to do to prepare to play our best on Saturday. We can't really afford to look beyond that, we've got a big test and Philadelphia is a good team, obviously.

Q: You had two completions in the second half to (wide receiver Isaiah) Hodgins where you ran to throw. Is that something you've had to practice both mentally and physically to get to that point? Because you have the legs to run, so what is the thought process and what has the progress been for you to get to that point where you keep your eyes down field?

A: I think just trying to find those opportunities throughout the game, I think you can watch on tape a little bit and see how they've handled some of those situations but more than anything I think it's about just reacting in the game. The guys, you brought up Isaiah, I think he's got a good sense for that, a good sense for getting open and making plays, some of those loose plays that aren't necessarily how you expect them to unfold. I think it's just about reacting and finding guys in those situations.

Q: Because of some of those injuries in the wide receiver room, that group is looked at as a liability, but they've quickly turned into a strength. How much have you been impressed with the opportunities that Darius and Isaiah and other players are making out of them when you give them the ball?

A: Yeah, those guys have done a great job. I'm certainly not surprised. I don't think guys on this team are surprised by that. They're really good players who have the ability to impact the game in a lot of different ways. They've all played at a really high level throughout this season so, a lot of credit to them. They've showed up time and time again making plays.

Q: Ownership has reinforced recently, especially after the last win, their belief in you as the solution at quarterback here. What does it mean for you to hear those comments at this juncture knowing what that likely means for your future here?

A: It certainly appreciate the support but like I said we're focused on what we've got to do this week, what's ahead of us now and that's all that matters. For any of us, it's what you do next week and with the next opportunity so that's what I'm focused on.
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