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Post-Game Transcript: Head Coach Brian Daboll

Eric from BBI : Admin : 9/18/2023 7:51 am
Head Coach Brian Daboll

On what happened to make it look like a different team in the second half:

Just executed well.

On what the message was to the team at halftime:

Not a bunch. A little bit, but we will keep that in house. That's certainly not the reason. Execution plays a big part of football, and I thought they executed well.

On whether today was an example of QB Daniel Jones continuing to elevate his game:

Yeah, I thought he finished strong. Played a really good second half. We had a couple of things that we could have improved on in the first half, (we) talked about those. But he is a resilient young man who went out there and played well along with, I'd say, a number of people.

On if there is an update on the injury to RB Saquon Barkley:

Yeah, I don't know yet guys. I don't know anything with injuries. (LG Ben) Bredeson, I don't know. I think it was his head, but I'm not sure. I haven't talked to (head athletic trainer) Ronnie (Barnes) or any of the medical staff yet.

On if he called plays in the second half?


On if they changed anything with the play-calling process:

No. We always communicate like that. I always have a sheet with me. But (offensive coordinator) Mike (Kafka) did a fantastic job. I communicate with Mike, I communicate with T-Mac (Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGaughey), I communicate with (defensive coordinator) Wink (Martindale). So the offensive staff did a great job. Moved the ball, scored points. Did their job.

On if this win was as satisfying as any he has had during his time with the Giants:

I don't know. They're all satisfying. Every game is different. Every game you fight through some adversity. Tonight was a good example of being resilient and playing the next play and focusing on the next series. They did their job in the second half. I thought we did a good job on third down. Had some explosive, chunk plays. Made some timely stops at the end of the game. Made the game-winning field goal. So, we played much better, and coached much better in the second half. You hope they don't all start out 20 to nothing. We didn't do a good enough job in the first half, but fortunately came out and executed well situationally. I think four-of-four in the red zone. Offensively, almost 65 percent on third down. That usually gets you some points. And (we) made some big plays.

On how much of a spark the deep ball to WR Jalin Hyatt was and was that a play drawn up to give you a score:

Yeah, it was something that we talked about coming out. I'd say we were possessive. We threw some timely possessive passes. Tried to get the ball out. Getting the balls out, into the hands of the playmakers. We had one earlier. We had a chance at one earlier, just didn't go to it. It was a good second half.

On if the momentum created a slippery slope for the opponent in the second half:

For the other team? I'm not sure. I'm proud of how resilient the guys were. They didn't focus on the scoreboard, and that's a hard thing to do. You know, we are a production business and to focus on just doing your job. I thought Hyatt stepped up as a young rookie and made a couple nice plays. I thought the line for the young players, they did a heck of a job, those young guys on the offensive line. When you look at it, you've got (RG Joshua) Ezeudu who didn't play much last year, really like a rookie. (ILB Bobby) Okereke. (RT) Evan Neal had some. Then you've got (C) John Michael (Schmitz Jr.). Then you've got young corners, two rookie corners. So those young players helped contribute in a positive way and we are going to need to, really all of us, keep getting better. It was good to get a win, make no mistake about it. But a lot to clean up in a short amount of time.

On what it means for team getting the biggest comeback in franchise history:

I don't know. I've been involved in a lot of comebacks. Some of those end of the year games where it is a lot to a little. I don't know. I really think about playing well and preparing. I know it's a broken record, but it's the truth in the National Football League. You can't take one week to the next.

On if the big comeback gives the team something to build on:

With all due respect, we are in the second week of the season. The guys fought their way back. We have plenty to work on. I'm proud of our team, I'm proud of our coaches. But certainly a long way to go, but definitely good to get a win.

On if there was a moment in the second half where he felt the tide was turning:

No. Again, you get into a rhythm a little bit. And that play helped, obviously, to Jalin. And then we went down and scored. I think just creating positive plays and execution. And then finishing in the end zone, for a team, it probably uplifts the entire team. But not one thing in specific. I thought that team played their tails off. Gritty group. Man, that runner. He's a tough son of a gun. Again, you get that interception off of Saquon's hands and they get going. Again, to be able to keep competing, that's not always the easiest thing to do. But, we talked a little bit about it at half time, I made my point. Ultimately, it's the players that have to go out there and execute.

On how close LT Andrew Thomas was to playing and the offensive line combination:

They've practiced the last few weeks. That's what we see, Dan (reporter). I know you don't see it. Okereke did a good job all week. Ezeudu has been doing a good job at tackle, he's got quick feet. A lot to learn, I'm sure. I can't give you an evaluation of him. I'm proud of the way they competed for 60 minutes all the way to the end. And Andrew, we'll see. I'm not going to give a percentage of how close. He is better than he was, we just thought it was the right thing to do, knowing that we play a game on Thursday. He practiced more than he did on Thursday. He practiced on Friday and got some team reps and things like that. It's a quick turn around, we will see where we are at. I'd say the same thing with (WR) Wan'Dale (Robinson). I know we are talking about a short amount of time here, but we will see where we are at.

On why the first and second half were so different:

Made some plays. I thought we pressed the ball a little bit down the field, which Danny did a great job of and the line did a great job of protecting. There's Waller, Slayton, Hyatt made some plays down the field. Good reads. We just stayed ahead of the chains. Anytime you can do that, that helps an offense. Too many penalties. Rough start of the game. Plenty of stuff to work on, but the finish these guys had, it was good to get a win.

On the point he made to the team at halftime:

I would just say, I don't know if it was necessarily a point, I just said what I had to say. It's really not about a half time speech, or a half time adjustment. You do those things all the time. I think it's about the will of the player. And when you haven't scored a point in a game and a half and you come in at half time, I'd say as a leader there is a delicate balance between focusing on the next play and maybe a little extra. But again, all the credit goes to the players, the play callers, the assistant coaches. It was good to get this win. We made it hard, I'll tell you that. We made it hard.

On if "maybe a little extra" means confidence in being able to complete the comeback:

Yeah. Just belief. But you could talk about it until you're blue in the face, Pat (reporter). Belief. It's gotta happen. You've got to see tangible results too. I think we have some mentally tough players on our team, and coaches. It's not always easy to be mentally tough when you're, whatever it is, 60 to nothing, after a game and a half. There's encouragement. There is detail, in what needs to get done. Once they scream and yell, I don't think that's the answer. But you definitely place an emphasis on what needs to be done, how it needs to be done, with confidence and sternness.

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