Head Coach Pat Shurmur
I was disappointed that we lost. We certainly didn’t do enough, certainly on offense. We didn’t score enough points, especially early. Then the game gets twisted like that and you’ve got to pass it more than you want to. I think we just didn’t make enough plays. So here we are, we’re 0 and 2. We’ve just got to get back to work and get ready to play Houston. So there’s no other way out of this. I think we had two injuries of note. Eli Apple has a groin and then Halapio has got a lower leg injury. I don’t know the details yet but we’ll how that plays out. We’ll know more tomorrow after we evaluate everything.
On what’s to blame for the offense’s inability to move the ball down the field.
Well, I think early on it was a mixture of things and the score was close enough, especially into the second half where we started to move the ball. It just seemed like we were just, again, we’re just close on things that we’ve got to get better at. Once that happens, then we’ll start moving the ball the way we want to.
How do you distinguish between making completions and making significant gains?
Obviously, you want to get the ball down the field. We took our shots like we did in the first game and they played back where we couldn’t get the ball down the field, so you check it down and then we had a couple where we had pressure. Those didn’t play out the way we wanted, so we’ve got to clean that up a little bit.
Do you get the sense that Eli is confident in what’s going on in front of him?
Absolutely. Eli’s confident. He’s a pro and he battled throughout the game and I thought he did a good job. I do sense confidence, yes.
How much is the pressure getting to him?
I sense confidence in Eli. He’s a pro.
On how the Cowboys were playing Odell Beckham, taking him away.
They were twisting up front a little bit which creates problems at times. It shouldn’t but it did. They weren’t really playing real heroically in coverage. They were playing a little bit softer in the middle and good bump-and-run on the inside. We took advantage of a couple of things on the outside but not enough, so we’ll just get back to work.
How surprised are you at having so much trouble scoring points?
I’m not surprised by anything. We’ve just got to get better.
Obviously, Saquon is very involved. Is that the kind of involvement you want from him?
Yeah, you’d rather him not be catching all those checkdowns, you know, which he did. He’s a battler. Certainly, him with the ball in his hand is a good thing. Again, when you throw in a lot of checkdowns like that, there’s reasons for it, because you’re legislating against some of the deeper throws in some cases.
On the 4*th* and 1 in your own territory on the Eli keeper, what was your thinking at that point in the game?
Get the first down, keep the drive moving. Really, I’m not trying to be funny. It was one of those deals, we had a bunch of times where we were real close to a first, you know, within a foot-or-two. I think we snuck it twice today just to keep the drive alive.
What was the thinking when you didn’t go for it the first time and then for it the second time?
It was near midfield and it was early in the game. As we got going there, I thought it just made sense to just keep things going.
How damaging was the Cowboys’ quick strike to make it 7-0?
You’d rather they don’t. We want to score early but you just keep playing your way out of it.
On when the defense takes away Odell Beckham down the field and Manning checks down to Saquon for short gains.
There’s times when you try to throw the ball down the field and they legislate against is and you check the ball down and you move on. That’s how it works. Then there’s other times when you do get the ball down the field, and then you certainly can always run the ball. That works, too.
What did they do to slow down Odell? He only had like two catches for 20 yards until the end.
Again, they were just playing the coverage, nothing different that what we expected. They played hard. You’ve got to give them credit. They did a good job, tonight. We didn’t do anything well enough on offense to win this game. We’ll get back to work, get it fixed and we’ll move on from there.
QB Eli Manning
On summing up tonight’s game
“Just not good enough. We didn’t execute well enough. When we did get some first downs we made, but seemed to be going backwards a few plays later. We got into some third and longs and tough situations. We just got to find ways to stop going backwards and stop hurting ourselves and execute at a high level.”
On being under siege like tonight and keeping confidence up
“Sometimes you have halves like that where it’s not going great, but you just keep hanging in there, you keep buying some time. You are always one play away from changing the game or hitting the big one. I did hit a nice one to Cody (Latimer), and it got down to the four yard line, but we got hit with the penalty and went backwards. It’s stuff like that where you can’t afford to get the plays that make you go backwards and get sacks early in the down, where you put yourself in a bad situation.”
On what the Cowboys defense did to take Odell Beckham away from him in the game
“They did a good job mixing up their coverages. I don’t know if they did anything specifically, they just did a good job giving us some pressure and not enough time to get the ball down the field.”
On sneaking the ball numerous times this game and if that was a new strategy with the coaching staff
“Coach Shurmur and I have talked about it before, had it in the offense and practice it some and talked about it, it came up twice tonight, so we did whatever it takes to get first downs.”
On what he can do as a veteran to keep everyone’s spirits up after this kind of start to the season
“Just get back to work. Obviously guys are disappointed, some guys are getting frustrated as we should, but we can’t let that affect our preparation or our practices, so we’ve got to bounce back and come back. We will be on the road again next week and face a good Houston team. Nothing is going to get fixed by complaining, we just need to step it up, make a difference and fix some things.”
On if he is stunned that the offense is not taking off with all these weapons
“When you have new players, a new scheme, a new coach sometimes it takes a little bit of time, especially for your first game on the road. It can take a little bit to get your rhythm and get things going, so we just have to keep working and make sure everyone can figure it out with the coaches to do better, and do differently to put us in a better position.”
On his confidence level
I’m confident in the guys we have in myself and the players that we have. It’s just a matter of working together. That’s why it’s a team. It’s not three guys or five guys. It’s all 11 guys on the same page and doing the right thing. That’s what it takes. That’s what it takes to be successful to fix this, and have all guys play a little bit better.”
On his sense of the offensive line and losing their center tonight
“It’s about all the guys coming together, it’s the offensive line coming together. It’s all five guys working together, understanding what the defense is doing, passing things off. It’s probably going to take them the longest to gel, but we just need to keep working. Yes, we lost John (Halapio) tonight and don’t know for how long. We’ll keep plugging away and that group will be determined to play at a higher level, just like everyone else.”
On Saquon Barkley’s performance
“I thought Saquon did a good job in the pass game tonight. He had some nice catches, big plays in chunks. We need to keep doing that, giving him the pass game, and get the ball in his hands.”
On the big hit he took during the scramble
“It was third down, I was trying to make something happen, scramble around. I wanted to get the touchdown or just do something. I didn’t see the replay. I think it looked worse than what it really was.”
#21 Landon Collins (S)
On whether the defense tightened up and did its job after the early Cowboys touchdown: “We did tighten up and we did the job.”
On how the defense was able to accomplish this: “We played our technique and we played sound.”
On the season: “0 and 2 is frustrating. But we played sound defensively and we just have to make more plays.”
On the Cowboys: “We know they have a lot of weapons over there, and we know what they can do. We just have to put it all together.”
On how Dak Prescott played: “He controlled the offense.”
On whether there is a sense of urgency now: “We have no sense of urgency right now. Right now, we have to go back to the drawing board and fix everything we need to fix.”
On the game: “It was a close one. We have to find a way to fight and find a way to win within the fight.”
#20 Janoris Jenkins (CB)
On how the team played: “We played okay. We are going to get back to the drawing board, make all the corrections and come out and do what we have to do.”
On the biggest challenge: “The biggest challenge? The zone read. We had a little trouble with that. But other than that, we just played football. We played hard, we played fast. We just have to come out victorious.
On starting the season 0-2: “That’s when the captains and leaders step up. Everybody comes up, practices harder, plays harder, practice faster, play faster. Just play with a chip from now on. We understand we have 14 more games, and right now, every game counts. That’s how you have to look at it, and you just have to continue to play.”
#91 John Jenkins (DT)
On the mindset for the game after allowing a score on the first drive: “The mindset is like any other drive. If you get beat on one, turn a page and get ready to play the next one.”
On the mindset for the rest of the season: “The rest of the season? Just get better. … It is the second game into a long season. We have a lot of opportunities and a lot of chances to get better. To find ways if we get into a situation like that again to overcome it.”
#38 Donte Deayon (CB)
On the game: “We are going to back and fix the errors and make sure they don’t show up again. Our mindset is, go watch the tape, get the corrections made and then go from there. We have to keep taking steps forward. Our biggest thing is, making sure we are taking steps forward.”
On the rest of the season: “One week at a time. We have to take it one week at a time, one practice at a time, one game at a time. We can’t get to looking ahead, and really just focusing on what is in front of us.”
Will Hernandez, Offensive Lineman
On if he’s surprised the offense is struggling to score: “Not really surprised, but just more frustrated because I know we can do better than what we’ve been doing. We have so much more to offer. We just have to do it.”
“We’ve got to go out there, we’ve got to execute what we’ve been seeing all week and go out there and shut them down. We didn’t do it to the best of our capabilities but we definitely have to improve on that.”
“Pretty much everything they hit us with we’ve seen on film. We studied for it. We’ve just got to go out there, pick up and execute.”
“It’s definitely not what we wanted to do, definitely not what we trained all week for. I know we can do so much better than that. Now, it’s just a matter of going out and executing what we’ve practiced all week.”
Nate Solder, Offensive Lineman
“I think it takes 11 guys out there. I think that we all have to be working together. I think we need to continue to build up trust with each other. We need to continue to improve so we can do the things we need to do to be successful.”
“I haven’t seen the film, but I know they have good pass rushers. I know they have a good scheme. They have a good team. I think that we played far below what we’re capable of doing. There’s only one to get there and that’s through tough play, hard work, more preparation…all those things.”
“They blitzed. They ran stunts. They rushed four. They did a number of things and we didn’t pick up any of it.”
“I think what matters is guys banding together, sticking together, working to improve…that’s the most important thing.”
“You can’t get frustrated. You’ve got to take one play at a time. You’ve got to forget what happened and move on to the next play. If you look at the end of the game, we had like 1:45 down two scores…that’s a doable game with all of the mistakes we made. So you can’t ever think about that stuff. You just have to keep moving forward.”
Sterling Shepard, Wide Receiver
“We’ve just got to watch the film and see what we need correct as an offense as a whole. We didn’t play good enough. That’s the bottom line.”
“What is slowing us down as an offense? It could be a lot of things: Being where we’re supposed to be, knowing when we’re supposed to be there, protection. It could be a lot of things. We’ve got to get in the film room and see what exactly it is.”
On if he surprised on what Dallas did: “Not the secondary. I can’t speak for the running game or o-line. For the wide outs, they did exactly what they thought we were going to do…Trying to keep everything in front of them and then rally to the ball. That’s pretty much what they did the whole game.”
“We still have confidence in this offense. We are all play makers, that’s the bottom line. We’ll figure out way to get the ball to guys and we’ll figure out a way to make plays.”
Saquon Barkley, Running Back
On the lack of running game: “That’s just part of football. That’s part of being a running back. We know defenses are going to do a great job. It’s the NFL. You’ve got to give credit where credit is due. Definitely much respect to the Cowboys defense. They played a heck of a game. We’ve got to continue to better on the offensive side of the ball as a team. We’ll find a way to figure it out and I believe we will.”
On if Dallas did anything unexpected: “Nothing crazy. They did what we saw. They are a fast flowing team, especially when I caught the ball in the backfield. They flow to the ball really well. That was really impressive. Sean Lee is a great player, much respect to him – a Penn St Legend. Much respect to the whole Cowboys team in general.”
On Giants record 14 receptions: “It doesn’t matter at all to me. We didn’t win today. It’s doesn’t matter.”
“We don’t have it scripted how many times I’m supposed to touch the ball or how many times anyone else is supposed to touch the ball. It kind of just happens. It just flows. Obviously, we have big threats downfield and the Cowboys wanted to take that away. When that happens, you’ve got to go through progressions. Eli did a great job of going through his progressions and taking risks when he had to and checking down when he had to.”
“I feel like I didn’t have that many touches to be honest. I don’t know how many touches I had. It felt like football. It felt like a football game. It’s going to be tough. It’s going to be a grind. It’s the NFC East, one of the best divisions in football. We’ve got to continue to work our butts off and come back as a team and make sure we win these games.”
Odell Beckham, Jr., Wide Receiver
On what it’s going to take to get the offense going: “Production. Making plays. Being efficient.”
“It’s just a matter of time before we get going. We hate going in the hole 0-2, but that’s our situation. That’s where we are at. We just have to fight and work to get out of there.”
“They just outplayed us. Plain and simple. They just came out and beat us.”
“They’ll keep you in front of them, not let you make any big plays. It’s just finding a way to make plays underneath or whatever it is we have to we need to find it soon.”