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Transcript: Quarterback Tommy DeVito

Eric from BBI : Admin : 12/27/2023 3:24 pm
Quarterback Tommy DeVito

Q. How did you react to (quarterback) Tyrod (Taylor) starting this week?

A: I'm going to continue to be a good teammate. Obviously, it's a coaches' decision. I have no, obviously, say or anything in that but I'm going to continue to be a good teammate, go out and compete. That's it.

Q. How did you get the word?

A: I was told yesterday.

Q. What was the message to you?

A: That they we're going to stick with them.

Q. No reasoning? Like what you need to do?

A: No, it was just they were going to stick with him.

Q. When you looked and studied what you did in the first half in Philly, what did you see that you liked and what did you see that you didn't like as much?

A: There were two plays to me that stood out. One, I ended up getting down to a check down, that was kind of a scramble throw away. Then I think two third downs that if I could've went back, maybe would've did something a little different but besides that, I'm always the hardest critic but those two are really the ones that stood out to me.

Q. What happened on the fourth down play? It was a fourth down, (running back) Saquon (Barkley) go stopped for a big loss there.

A: There were a couple options that were there. I made a decision, we rolled with it, just did not execute the play.

Q. Did you and Tyrod talk at all after the decision was made? Like did he say anything to you or you to him.

A: You talking about today or in the game?

Q. Yesterday when you found out that they were going to go with Tyrod and stick with Tyrod.

A: I mean, not necessarily right after that because we weren't in the same room together when it happened, but it's kind of like a common, like a mutual – we know where we're at. This kind of happened a couple of weeks ago when it was vice versa when it was me, but we still respect each other, we're here, we're teammates to each other, and that's that.

Q. Tyrod's always said that his job as a backup is just to be ready. Is that going to be your approach?

A: Yeah, it's going to be the same thing I was doing however many weeks ago I was prior to when I got my first start so same deal. Process will stay the same, and then just stick to my routine.

Q. When you found out yesterday, you've had like 24 hours or so to process, what have you made of this experience of starting and coming into it? And now unfortunately, getting benched?

A: The same thing I've said since the beginning. Stay even keeled through it all. Never too high, never too low because like I said, when you're up, everybody loves you. When you're down, everybody hates you so for me, it's just stay even throughout it all. That's why I'll be mellow and good through it all.

Q. During the last month or so, what's the number one thing you think you've learned about yourself as a quarterback?

A: That I belong. In the NFL, specifically. I mean, just to go out and to prove that to myself. To the younger me, to the me that was training to be here to this point. That's all it is.

Q. I think the one thing that a lot of people enjoyed watching you was that you didn't force it. I mean, is that something you learned while doing this or has it always been something you've done?

A: Force it as?

Q. I mean, if there's not a play to be had, you don't try to force the play into a protection or something, like a coverage.

A: There's give and take with that. I think I did do that twice early on. When I first got in, two of them were interceptions. One with the Raiders and then one against the Cowboys, so definitely learned from those experiences but there is a give and take. There are times to be aggressive, not reckless, so just going to continue to have that balance.

Q. Are you proud of what you've shown?

A: So far, yes. Obviously, ways to grow. I'm just going to continue to watch the film in the past and continue to learn from Ty, and just lean on my teammate to be the best thing that I can.

Q. How confident are you there's more starting opportunities to come for you moving forward?

A: I don't know what the future holds, let alone tomorrow. I'm just going to continue to be here, be in the moment. Just try to give my all and be my best every day.
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