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Post-Game Transcript: Head Coach Brian Daboll

Eric from BBI : Admin : 12/31/2023 6:44 pm
Head Coach Brian Daboll

Q: Explain the decision to run the ball there on second down on that last drive.

A: Yeah, I'd like to have it back.

Q: Was that a check or the play call was a run?

A: Yeah, I'd just like to have the play back.

Q: What did you think (Giants Kicker) Mason (Crosby)'s range was on that last drive?

A: That was right at the edge of it.

Q: Did (Giants QB) Tyrod (Taylor) give you an explanation on the fumble in the first half when you had the fourth and one?

A: Yeah. He just fumbled it.

Q: What did you think about Tyrod's play overall?

A: He did a lot of good stuff and a couple plays here or there we'd like to have back.

Q: What happened on the two-point conversion play?

A: What happened? He just missed it. We had (Giants RB) Saquon (Barkley), just short armed it a little bit.

Q: Tell us the decision there. Obviously you're going to kick it, then to change that.

A: Yeah, being it was on the one. Liked the call we had and just came up a little short.

Q: What did you think overall of the play of your veterans? (Giants RB) Saquon Barkley dropped a pass, (Giants QB) Tyrod (Taylor) missed a couple passes, (Giants CB) Adoree' (Jackson) on the tackle. What do you think overall of just the way some of your vets played?

A: I thought everybody competed and just came up a little short.

Q: How frustrating was it to have so many big plays called back by penalties? It seemed like every time you guys got a positive it was sort of counterweighted by a negative.

A: How frustrating was it? I wish we didn't get the penalties.

Q: Did you ever start a game where you had two penalty challenges that you won?

A: Nope.

Q: Going back to that (Giants RB) Saquon (Barkley) run, would you have jumped in and vetoed it and kind of changed the play call at all before it got to that point of being a run?

A: Yeah, I'd just like to have it back.

Q: Was the second down play—I mean could you have run a play or did you have to spike it there?

A: Yeah, look, we competed to the end, just a few plays here or there that obviously we'd like to have back.

Q: What did you think of (Giants S Dane) Belton's play stepping in after Pinnock was injured?

A: Yeah, he made some nice plays. The ball finds him. It did in training camp and a good example of a player that wasn't starting that's ready to go and stepped in and did a nice job.

Q: Using the timeouts on defense in that spot—was it just circumstance, where you were, field position? I mean I know you don't see a 94-yard punt return coming, but any regrets in that spot to not hold on to one of the timeouts?

A: No.

Q: What do you take away from a game where your team makes so many plays but has mistakes that result in a loss?

A: Well, I think that's like any game. I mean there's plays that we had, mistakes, and we've got to overcome some of the mistakes and, everybody, we can just do a better job starting with me. I thought they competed well, came up a little short. There was so many opportunities throughout that game that we just came up a little bit short on.

Q: On the third down play before the field goal, did it seem like (Giants QB) Tyrod (Taylor) had a chance to get the ball to (Giants WR) Wan'Dale (Robinson)?

A: I'll have to look at the tape.

Q: What do you say to the guys after a game like this?

A: That I thought they competed hard. Finished it up until the end and it's never a good feeling to lose a game. Put a lot into it, came up a few plays short.

Q: You did have about half a minute left there, did you have any thought on going for it on fourth down to try and to get a little closer?

A: On the missed field goal? No, we were going for the field goal.

Q: What is (Giants Tackle) Tyre (Phillips)' injury?

A: I don't know. I don't think it's good. He was hurting pretty good. I mean, but it's a knee. I know that. He was in a lot of pain out there, but I haven't talked to the doctors.

Q: What makes (Giants S) Dane (Belton) good at turning the ball over?

A: Usually, he has a good knack for being around the ball. Like I said, OTAs, training camp, things like that, he's usually… uncanny ability to be around the ball. It's a good thing.
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