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Postgame Quotes: Coach Brian Daboll, QB Tyrod Taylor, QB Tommy DeVito

Head Coach Brian Daboll

On the quarterback switch:

"Just tried to spark the team. I don't really have anything else to add to that. I just did it to try to spark the team."

On if the change did spark the team:

"I don't mention plays, I mean – we started out the second half well. Obviously, the kickoff return had an interception for the touchdown. I thought he made a great play. Had a slant route to [Giants WR Darius Slayton], but that was the reason for it.

On what wasn't working in the first half:

"We weren't scoring any points. We were one for eight on third down."

On the mechanics of the spike:

"He went down. You know, he fought his way to get back and stay in. Would have been a touchdown if he'd run off."

On the quarterback position for the final two games:

"I'm just worried about tonight here. We'll talk about that here this week."

On saying Giants QB Tommy DeVito had earned his start:

"So, I made a spark. I don't really have anything else to add about it right now. I made a change to try to make a spark."

On Eagles RB D'Andre Swift's performance:

"He's a good player. He made some really good plays, some cutback plays, some bounce-off plays. We talked about him before the game. He's a good football player. He played well, I'll give them credit. Came down to the end."

On getting riled up:

"Because it was a competitive game. You don't like to lose."

On the false start on Giants C John Michael Schmitz Jr.:

"You can ask those guys."

On what the refs said about the false start:

"Yeah, you can ask the refs."

On the one foot down in the first half:

"I'd say, any official questions, you can ask those guys."

On Giants LB Bobby Okereke's play:

"Yeah, I mean, they got a field goal out of it, so it was good they got a field goal, not a touchdown."

On the difference between Giants QB Tommy DeVito and QB Tyrod Taylor:

"I'd have to look at the tape."

On if he was worried about the second half:

"Worried at halftime? It's a 60-minute game."

On how it feels to lose to the Eagles again:

"Competitive game. Give them credit."

On Giants TE Darren Waller's injury:

"I'll have to talk to the trainers."

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor

On when and how he heard he was going to play:

"In the halftime break. [Giants Head Coach Brian Daboll] told me he was going with me and to just go out there and do my thing and be ready."

On whether he felt like he was ready:

"Yes. I have said this from day one, ever since 2011 when I got drafted, I regardless of my position on the roster, I treat each and every day as if I was starting. I prepare mentally and physically with my mindset going into a game. I felt prepared. Obviously, it wasn't the outcome we wanted. It was close, but ultimately it wasn't the outcome we wanted."

On the final play directing traffic in the end zone:

"I was just trying to get some movement back there. I think there were some flags that could have been thrown, but that is not our place. I am here to play the game and ultimately, we weren't able to execute on that last play."

On who he was looking for on the final play of the game and whether it was one person:

"We were trying to get a bunch of movement. Obviously, on those last second plays, you are just trying to get a guy to get him one-on-one and a chance to make a play. Their guys were kind of restricting our guys physically without saying too much from making those plays. Like I said, it is not our job to make the calls. It is our job to go out there and play."

On whether he thinks the referees usually let the last few plays of games play out in his experience:

"That is what they say. That is not fair. If it's a call, call it. It shouldn't be a last play mentality. If it's a call, and if it's blatant, then it should be called. It should be honored like it is the first play of the game."

On his touchdown pass to WR Darius Slayton:

"[Inaudible] get Slayton on the safety, one-on-one. I like that match up as well as he does. He did a great job of tracking the ball and staying in at the end as well. Obviously, it was explosive for us and it put us back in the game where we needed to. We needed a quick score right there. [Inaudible] It was a good play by him and a great call by [Giants OC Mike Kafka]."

On how he would assess his play:

"At the end of the day, it wasn't a winning performance. That is what I grade myself on. I think there were a lot of plays I left on the field. Me personally, I have to go out there and correct some plays as well, too, but it is a team sport and ultimately we failed at the ultimate goal which is to win. Obviously, we are out of the playoffs, but there are still two more games to play. We have to learn from this game and we will see these guys in two weeks. We have to come back out there for these next two weeks and play our best ball."

On understanding how frustrating it is to lose to the Eagles lately:

"I feel that. We played them three times last year and it didn't go well for either of the games. There are a lot of rivalries created in football. Obviously, within the division, you play a team twice and you want to get the upper hand. You never want to feel like you are on the losing end of it. It is something that, regardless of the situation, the last game of the season we played those guys, it is obviously something that you have to play for. Some people look at playoff situations when you are eliminated, there is nothing to play for, but that is not the case within that locker room. Every time you lace your cleats up and get a chance to go out there and play, you are obviously playing for the name that is on the side of your helmet, but you are also playing for the name that is on the back of your jersey, too. That's the pride that you take to the field. For these next two weeks, we have to go out there and play with a sense of urgency and a high level of execution."

On whether he felt like he gave his team a spark and hope that his number is called next week:

"That is not my decision. My decision is to be ready when my number is called and I think that I proved that tonight. I will continue to keep preparing whether it is me moving forward or not. I told you all this before. My mood or my attitude doesn't change based on circumstances. I am the same person. I am the same leader each and every day."

Quarterback Tommy DeVito

On how he would sum up his night:

"A little bit of a roller coaster, but wish we could have come out with the win here."

On what Giants Head Coach Brian Daboll told him at halftime:

"That he was going to go to [Giants QB Tyrod Taylor]. He wanted to have a spark or change, anything we could have. I understand it's a business. We weren't scoring enough points so the change was made. That was that."

On what problems the Eagles were presenting to him in the first half:

"I think it's more of an execution thing. On third downs especially. Not necessarily taking care of the ball. We just need to stay on the field. That's all it is."

On how much he takes away from experiences like this:

"It's tough. It's just a constant reminder that it's a business. They're always going to try to find someone to replace you, wherever it is. At the same time, it is a business. It's your job. I respect it. There's no hard feelings one way or another. I was hoping [Giants QB Tyrod Taylor] was going to go out there and ball and we win the game. It's nothing more than that. That's all it is."

On what he expects for next week:

"We're going to work, watch the film, and do all that. At the end of the day, it's not me or [Giants QB Tyrod Taylor's] decision, it's the coaches."

On what his response is to people who say the 'fairytale has come to an end':

"It's just work to me. I just go out and I've been trying to enjoy it every single day. I've said it before and I'll say it again – You never know when a snap is your last, so I try to go out and make the most of every snap when I'm out there. I appreciate every snap that I've had and I just try to keep moving forward."

On what the Eagles did to make the first half so difficult:

"Like I said, I think it was more about us. They played hard. Their [defensive line] played well, and again, our offensive line, [Giants RB] Saquon [Barkley] did well in the run game as well, so it was kind of a give-and-take there. That's what happens when you play against a good team, but there was nothing in particular that they did that was really stopping on more than ourselves."

On when he found out he was getting benched and how it made him feel:

"Yeah, halftime, [Giants Head Coach Brian Daboll] told me. As a competitor, it hurts, but at the same time, it's business. That's that."

On why he thinks he wasn't able to move the ball downfield:

"Yeah, they were playing big zone. They were not trying to let any of our receivers get behind them. Especially early on, they were dropping out of everything and not letting anyone get behind them, that's all it is."

On if he learned anything watching Giants QB Tyrod Taylor:

"Yeah, I have to go back and watch the film. He's a good leader. That's all it is. We had a good start to the second half with the special teams getting us all the way down there and the [offensive line], [Giants RB] Saquon [Barkley], did a great job getting in, orchestrated by [Giants QB Tyrod Taylor]. Second one we had a pick-six, led to points, and then ultimately at the end of the game, we had a great shot with the quick quarters, perfect look, good play we had called. [Giants WR Darius Slayton] ran a great route, [Giants QB Tyrod Taylor] threw a dime for a huge touchdown. But, yeah, I think he did a good job of moving the ball. Finding answers within what the defense was giving him, and I continue to learn everyday throughout it, how he plays."

On if Giants RB Saquon Barkley shares with the team his frustration with losing to the Eagles:

"Yeah, he's frustrated, but I'm sure everybody else is frustrated as well. People have been in this locker room before [Giants RB Saquon Barkley], or before last year, you know, where it hasn't gone our way. It's frustrating to lose to a team once, let alone a few times.

On what he thought of the atmosphere:

"I thought it was cool. Especially at first, I mean, they started off hot, so the crowd was into it. But it's a good atmosphere to play in."

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