Coming off an impressive debut campaign, Brian Daboll had been around long enough to know that every year is a new journey and said as much all offseason. That reality hit the Giants in their season-opening, 40-0 loss to the Cowboys.
The Giants, who were the lone NFC East team to fall in Week 1, will look to regroup when they hit the road for two weeks in back-to-back games at Arizona and San Francisco. After he spoke to the team, Daboll took the podium. Quarterback Daniel Jones and running back Saquon Barkley also met with the media.
Here's everything you need to know:
COACH BRIAN DABOLL
🔹 The Giants "got beat all the way around, coaching to playing, and I accept that, got a lot to learn from, a lot to work on and that's what we'll do. No excuses, give credit to Dallas. They just did everything better than we did tonight."
🔹 They "could never really string it together, really, in any area" after falling behind 16-0 due to defensive and special teams scores.
🔹 On giving up seven sacks and 12 quarterback hits: "Well, we got into one of those games as the game went on where we were throwing the ball and they knew we had to throw the ball, we were down a bunch. Have to look at the tape for some of the stuff. But, you know, obviously it wasn't good enough. No area was good enough tonight, from protection to coaching, to running, to tackling. Whatever it may be, you name it, it wasn't good enough."
🔹 Tight end Darren Waller "made it through" after being a late addition to the injury report with a hamstring injury.
🔹 Rookie cornerback Deonte Banke dealt with cramps going into halftime.
🔹 Left tackle Andrew Thomas was "fighting through" a hamstring issue.
🔹 "It's a humbling league. I've said this many a time, it's the same thing as if you have a big win, not getting too high. This is an emotional game, guys put everything they have into it."
🔹 "There's a lot of blame to go around and I'll take the head of it."
QB DANIEL JONES
🔹 The level of shock and frustration after a game like that is "high, it's high."
🔹 "We are certainly frustrated and extremely disappointed with how we performed tonight, and I know I certainly am with myself."
🔹 On Daboll's message to the team: "I think, for one, we've got to own it. Own what happened out there. We didn't play well enough. Didn't execute well enough, didn't give ourselves a chance to win the game and we got to own that, and then we got to attack the process this week of correcting it, of being critical and finding what we got to work on and making sure we are prepared and doesn't happen again. Yeah, we've got to own it and move on."
🔹 The interception to Stephon Gilmore in the second quarter was "just a poor decision in a situation where I was trying to force something that wasn't there and needed to throw the ball out of bounds and move on to the next play."
RB SAQUON BARKLEY
🔹 The Giants got "skunked in the National Football League against Dallas, and at home."
🔹 Barkley doesn't think the loss "takes away anything from what we did in training camp. I feel like we had a good week of practice; we came out and we just didn't execute and play to the level we could play to."
🔹 Himself included, Barkley said the leaders need to do a better job of stopping "the leaking, stop the bleeding and we didn't do that. We can't go down like that to a team of that caliber. Just got to go, watch film, learn from it, and get ready for Arizona."
🔹 Barkley's message to the rookies after their debuts: "The train is going to keep on moving—hop on. They're talented, like I told them all before, you prepare for this moment your whole life – nothing new, you're going to have bad games, you're going to have bad plays in the NFL. It happens to all of us. I think you go through any locker room, any person that's been in the league long enough, everyone has had a bad play, so continue to move on, learn from it and grow."
View photos from the week 1 matchup between the Giants and Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.