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Watch Giants Postgame Reactions

Posted Oct 1, 2017

Giants coaches and players meet the media following Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers:








HEAD COACH BEN MCADOO

“Tough one there. It came down to the end again. We got a lot of fight in us, but so does everyone else in this league. We have to minimize the mistakes and maximize the details that give us a chance to win the game.”

(On defense being problematic late in games)

“We’ll go back, take a look at the film, and see what the film tells us.”

(On disappointment to see defense decline from last year)

“It takes all three phases. It’s more than one drive. We need to go back, take a look at the film, and pull the details out.”

(On issue with tackling)

“We’re not tackling – fundamentals. We’re missing too many tackles, way too many. We’re not wrapping up well enough.”

(On disconnect between working on fundamentals and not translating to game performance)

“We’re going to take a look at the film. We’re going to work on our fundamentals at practice. We need to do a better job at coaching them up to show up on game day.”

(On concern over keeping team together at 0-4)

“I’m not concerned at all. We have talented men of integrity in the locker room. We have to stay to work and stay together. All we have is us.”

(On convincing team a playoff run is still possible)

“We need to win a damn game.”

(On if Brad Wing will still be the punter)

“Yeah, Brad Wing is our punter. He made one mistake today, right? A lot of guys made one mistake, including me.”

(On why he thinks there have been so may drops by wide receivers)

“Good question. We catch the ball for a living. We need to do a better job of catching the ball.”

(On if the amount of drops is surprising with the quality of receivers)

“Yeah. You’re going to get in a slump.”

(On how to get receivers out of a slump)

“Catch it better. Work on it.”

(On if he’s surprised team is winless at this point)

“I’m not surprised, I’m not shocked. You can’t carry things over from one year to the next; we talked about that in the offseason. We got to be hungry, we got to be willing to work, and we need to get back to work as a staff and to get back to work as a team and find a way to improve.”

(On being surprised his talented team is winless)

“I’m not surprised. I’m not shocked. I’m disappointed, irritated.”

(On how frustrating the Giants’ 54-second drive in the fourth quarter was)

“It’s not just one drive and it’s not just one play. We need to, fundamentally, we need to do things better. We need to catch the ball better. Blocking – we took a step in the run game today, I thought. I thought [Wayne] Gallman gave us some juice there from the backfield. The tackling continues to show up on defense. We need to tackle better.”

(On if he should be surprised and shocked the team is 0-4)

“I’m irritated that we’re 0-4, but we need to go to work. That’s how you fix it.”

(On when the decision to activate Wayne Gallman Jr. was made)

“He was the second healthy back we had. The other guys worked through the week and did what they could. We made that decision today an hour and a half before kickoff.”

(On passing up a field goal attempt in the first quarter)

“We were right on the border there. It was challenging to handle the ball and I thought we had a good call and a makeable fourth down.”

(On if he regrets not taking a chance to put points on the board in a tight game)

“We look at each decision and if we thought it was best to kick the field goal there, we kick the field goal. The decisions early in the game, the game changes with the decisions that you make. The game changes.”

(On decision not to throw hail-mary or run another play before halftime)

“12 seconds at the 40 yard line, that was a situational decision at the end of the half. I would rather not have to punt in that situation.”

QUARTERBACK ELI MANNING 

(On being 0-4)

“Yeah, I mean it is surprising. We still have a good team, doing some good things, just not quite making enough plays to win the game and in this league, you’ve got to earn it, you’ve got to earn every win. It’s not easy and you got to play good football. We are doing some good things, but just not playing well enough to win the games.”

(On losing on a field goal two weeks in a row)

“It is tough. It is tough to lose two games in a row on field goals, on walk-off field goals. That’s a tough situation to have the lead, feel like you’re doing some good things, have a good drive to take the lead, but obviously have a two-point conversion and get it reversed, so tough situation right there.”

(On the 42-yard completion to Odell Beckham on the last drive)

“A double move off the safety and he ran a great route. We put it on him for a big play so he went and got that one. Big play in the game right there, second-and-long and to take a shot and to hit it was nice.”

(On touchdown to Rhett Ellison)

“Just had a goal-line play and tried to hit maybe Evan [Engram] on a the corner route but kept rolling and had Rhett just working behind me and we got the touchdown, get the lead, nice drive right there.”

(On if he knew Odell Beckham stepped out of bounds on the two-point conversion attempt)

“No, I didn’t know. That is always kind of a danger when you’re working the backend line and I was kind of looking at my back, looking at my tight end, and saw him working the backline and gave him a shot.”

(On his message to teammates)

“You just keep fighting. You keep fighting for a win and that is all you do every week and is every week you prepare, you go out there and you try to get a win. Each week, the record doesn’t matter, you just want that feeling. You want that feeling after the game that you did something, that you earned the win, that your preparation was good and tht you came together as a team and found a way to get that feeling so, we need it, we want it, but nothing is going to be given to us. You’re not going to just go out there and get wins, you have to go out there and play good football.”

(On if there is worry about when a win will come)

“No, you don’t worry, you just prepare and prepare to get it the next week. That’s all you can do.”

(On his scramble for a touchdown)

“Play action, tried to hit Brandon [Marshall] back of the end zone, they played it well, [I] kind of looked at Roger Lewis for a possible check-down and then was kind of working Brandon on a scramble drill. I saw a window and we got the touchdown right there, so it was a big play at the moment.” 

(On how agonizing it was watching the Buccaneers’ final drive on the sideline)

“That’s football. If you give a team enough time – good quarterback, good team, good offense, they find ways to make plays. You’re just hoping you have another opportunity or the defense makes an interception on a tip ball, sack-fumble, something, or stop them on fourth down. The defense, they competed, they did some great things. We have to help them out and try to give them a lead earlier in games. We’re playing from behind too much.”

(On Ben McAdoo’s message)

“We just got to stick together. We have to keep working, we have to be paying attention to the details and find ways to play better football, that is what it comes down to. We have to play better and we have to find ways to get a win.”

(On how to describe his emotions of being winless)

“I don’t know what the word is. Frustrated, I guess, in a sense that I feel like we are doing some good things, but just not playing our best football. You see it out there on drives, we are leaving some plays out there. It’s not one person, it’s not one thing, it ‘s not one group, everybody kind of has their part in that. Good teams find ways to overcome those and make plays in critical moments to win games.”

(On his team’s good pass protection)

“I thought we did a good job. The offensive line did a good job. I think early on [Gerald] McCoy was kind of in there, he’s a good player, but I think we got settled and pass protection was good. I had time to go through the reads and scramble around a few times and make some plays.”

WIDE RECEIVER ODELL BECKHAM JR.

(On his finger injury)

“It’s pretty swollen. Won’t be the first, won’t be the last. It’ll be alright.”

(On what happened to his finger)

“I jammed my finger. It just popped out. It’s not the first time. It’s just not a comfortable feeling. You’re running off and your finger is out of place. Like I said, it’ll be alright.”

(On his ankle injury)

“It’s good. I just came down in kind of that same motion that injured it is what happened, but came out of it fine. Just at the moment, the pain that you go through right then and there, you’ll overcome it. Just at the time it was something that scares you for a second. It was that same motion that happened, so I’m alright.”

(On what was going through his mind waiting to see if Tampa’s field goal was good to win the game)

“Back to work. You know, they set it up to get in position to run the QB left to kneel and to run the clock down. They fought hard for that win. They fought very hard for that win and they deserved it today. Unfortunately, we came up short again.”

(On if he is shocked about the 0-4 start to the season)

“I would've never thought we would go 0-4, but it is what it is. That’s what our record is. We can’t sit here and cry about it. You just have to keep trying to get better each and every day, get the first win and see what happens from there.”

(On the difference between a game like today and one that you win)

“One point. We came up short. Like I said, they worked for it. They put themselves in a position to go down and kick field goal and they win the game.”

(On what happened on the conversion)

“There’s really no point in talking about it. It’s not like anything is going to change, so we didn't make the conversion.”

(On putting your team in a position to win, but not finishing)

“You know, you make that play and I expect us to go down and score, which we did, but just to be able to finish it off. You know, put ourselves in position. We came up short. That’s all I can really tell you.”

(On whether he allows himself to think negatively)

“Not really. All the negative stuff just goes right past me. I’m just so used to it by now. You just brush it off and keep playing. You can sit there and choose to focus on the negatives and it’ll never benefit you, so there’s no point in doing it. Just let it go by you and keep it moving.”

(On their one percent chance on making it to the playoffs at this point)

“I think there’s a one percent chance in making it to the NFL, so there’s still a percentage. There’s still a chance. 12 games, I guess you have to win all 12, you’ve got to win 11. You have to do what you have to do. The Giants need to put their foot down and we need to start. It’s time to win. There’s no other way to put it, but it’s time to win.”

(On playing the 0-4 Los Angeles Chargers next week)

“I don’t really know if it’s an opportunity. I know they’re going to come out and try to get the win just like we’re going to come out and try to get the win. They’re going to come out. They’re fighting, clawing and scratching just to get a win, same way we are, so it should be a battle.”

RUNNING BACK WAYNE GALLMAN JR.

(On what the locker room was like after losing back-to-back games on a last-second field goal)

“Of course it’s going to be quiet and nobody is going to try to be all rowdy and everything. That’s what I’m learning in the NFL. It really comes down to the details of whatever you do. Really every game – if it’s not a blowout -  comes down to either a field goal or a touchdown. [We] just have to polish up and get ready for next week.”

(On whether he played more than he expected)

“No, throughout the week I got a whole lot of reps. Pretty much all first-team reps, all show-team reps, just to make sure the coaches knew what I was doing.  So, I pretty much had an idea of how much I’d be getting today.”

(On if he thinks he took advantage of his playing time)

“Of course, yeah.”

(On if he feels like he is moving up on the depth chart)

“It’s a trust factor. I know all the guys in the room are capable of doing whatever is needed to help the team win, but of course I’m going to do my best to get the starting job. It’s a competition between all of us. We challenge each other every day on the practice field to get better. So, I expect that out of myself.”

WIDE RECEIVER BRANDON MARSHALL

(On the explanation of all his dropped passes)

“Just not playing well right now. I haven’t played a solid game since I’ve been here.”

(On whether he is shocked about the loss)

“I’ve been in this situation before. It’s just football, you know. It’s extremely hard to win a game. Obviously, we have high expectations and we’re not getting it done .”

(On his deep catch on third down)

“I thought offensively, we did some good things. We just didn't finish today.”

(On whether he was surprised about the loss since Coach McAdoo said he wasn't shocked)

“It’s definitely not the position we want to be in. It is definitely a tough position to start 0-4.”

(On how he believes he is performing)

“It’s not going good. I’ve got to put a complete game together. All I can do is find a way to get better.”

(On how to hold the team together with such a difficult start to the season)

“All you can do is go back to work and work hard. Try to get better and

OFFENSIVE GUARD JUSTIN PUGH

(On today’s loss feeling similar to last week’s loss)

“Both are just heartbreaking. We’re two field goals away from being 2-2. Obviously, you can’t look at it like that, but it’s so hard to win in the NFL. We keep finding out week-in and week-out. Last year, those games didn’t happen to us. We won those games last year. Like I said, I said at the beginning of the season, on paper we look good, but you have to go out and play the game. That’s the reason you have to go out and play the game because anything can happen and we found that out tonight.”

(On having the lead in the fourth quarter)

“Yeah, we thought we were in a good spot. Not getting the two-point conversion though, I was thinking ‘Oh, that’s going to come back and bite us.’ But, after [Tampa Bay kicker Nick Folk] having missed those field goals. I was feeling pretty confident that if he had a long field goal, he wouldn’t make it.”