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Quotes (11/24): Giants postgame reactions

Giants Head Coach Pat Shurmur

PAT SHURMUR: The defense did a lot of really good things and kept us in the game. Hard-fought game. Didn't score enough on offense, obviously didn't make our kicks. We didn't have a good enough contribution in those areas. Kept fighting. You have to do what you have to do to win the game.

Again, hard-fought game that we came out on the losing end. We just got to get back home and get back to work.

I'll take your questions.

Q. Why wasn't the offense able to get anything going?

PAT SHURMUR: You know what, we moved the ball and got ourselves in the red zone, the high red zone area. We missed a couple field goals. Tight game, they're good on defense. Obviously, at the end there we did a good job of getting in two minute, putting a scoring drive together.

We had one scoring drive in the first half, one in the second. That's not good enough.

Q. What is your level of frustration with Rosas?

PAT SHURMUR: Level of frustration? Just disappointed we didn't make our kicks.

Q. What is going on with the kicking?

PAT SHURMUR: I think it's pretty obvious what happened today, right? We just didn't make them. There's three parts to it, right? You have to snap, have to hold, have to kick. We missed two today. But we've just got to move past that.

Q. It's not that obvious to me. You have a problem with the second snap?

PAT SHURMUR: No, when the ball gets down, I thought he did a good job of holding it. But you got to make them. There are some little fundamental, technical things that we talk about as coaches. Reality of it is you got to make them.

Q. Do you worry about his confidence at this point?

PAT SHURMUR: No, you just get back to work. Next time out, make it.

Q. What made the decision to take DeAndre Baker out and put Sam Beal in? Was DeAndre hurt?

PAT SHURMUR: No, just getting Sam some work in there, that's all, throughout the game.

Q. I know there's going to be growing pains with young defensive backs. It seems like Corey Ballentine took some lumps today.

PAT SHURMUR: You just keep battling, keep fighting. Unfortunately, there's plays that are made on you throughout the game, then you just keep fighting to keep them out of the end zone, which we did a pretty decent job of for the most part. You just keep fighting. The young players just keep playing.

Q. Looked like at some points they were targeting Corey Ballentine.

PAT SHURMUR: I don't know that. You'd have to ask them that. Everybody's got to cover their guy.

Q. When you stopped them on the third-and-sort, they kept the offense on the field, could you have sent out your punt team?

PAT SHURMUR: We could have. We went safe punt there, that's all, just to make sure we didn't have a substitution issue. We practice that. That's what we intended to do.

Q. Is it normally a different situation if Peppers is out there?

PAT SHURMUR: Possibly, possibly. With Jabrill Peppers being out, it changed up the substitutions just a little bit.

Q. Did you think about putting a returner back there?

PAT SHURMUR: We contemplated it. Jack has practiced it. It was a good punt.

Q. You wanted to catch it there?

PAT SHURMUR: I'll have to look at it. I didn't see it exactly. I think we ended up getting the ball on the six yard-line after a little bit of a roll. I have to see exactly what happened.

Q. Is there some sort of data that you use or just your gut, you used all your timeouts early?

PAT SHURMUR: Just stop them. And it worked, right?

Q. Why use it there, not closer to the two-minute warning?

PAT SHURMUR: We had three timeouts, which we wanted to have. They had three downs to get a first down, which they didn't. We used them. Then we got the ball back. There's data, but there's also gut. Had they made a first down... So, you just keep using them.

Q. What did you see from Daniel Jones? Slow start, he makes a great throw for the touchdown at the end.

PAT SHURMUR: I thought he played tough throughout. We'll look at it in detail tomorrow. We battled. There are areas in the game we got to be better. The whole team's got to be better.

Q. What happened on the one-yard pass? Was he confused?

PAT SHURMUR: No, he wasn't confused. It was a pick route against man coverage. We picked him off. It was a rub route, I should say, rubbed him off. We just didn't get the distance we needed. Disappointed he didn't make the first down, but not confused.

Q. One more step on that guy, he gets there.

PAT SHURMUR: Being called for man coverage, you got man coverage. We're looking forward. They did a good job of getting close to it and tackling it for less than what we wanted. That's the reality. But he's in there. I'm sure you can ask him what he meant. I didn't notice the hand thing.

Q. Anything you saw that they did against Daniel to make it difficult that maybe a rookie hadn't seen before?

PAT SHURMUR: No. They're a very stout defense. We talked about that all week. That's pretty obvious, right? We have to do things during the game to protect him. They're good at pass-rushing. We got to do more when we get closer. We have to be scoring touchdowns instead of kicking field goals in a close game like this.

Q. The sack fumble was costly.

PAT SHURMUR: No question. Throwing the ball on time, wasn't like he was holding it. But that will go against him as a sack fumble, right?

Q. It goes against the team obviously. Looked like your guy was in a better position to get the ball than their guy. Did you see that from your side?

PAT SHURMUR: The fumble itself?

Q. The loose ball on the ground. If you pick it up, live for another down obviously.

PAT SHURMUR: Obviously. I can't tell you that. The ball was on the ground, we were fighting for it. Why they got it, we didn't, I'll look at that here.

Q. What did you see from Saquon Barkley?

PAT SHURMUR: I think he battled through it. They're good on defense. They're good against the run. We fought them. We just didn't score enough points at the end.

Q. You mention how the fumble goes against Daniel.

PAT SHURMUR: Everything needs to time out a little bit better. Obviously, we can't have that happen.

Q. Do quarterbacks with more experience have the ability to sense that pressure from behind them?

PAT SHURMUR: No. He was trying to get the ball. We were throwing the ball to Saquon. He had the linebacker beat. He got sacked, hit.

Q. What did you think of your defense overall? Anything different?

PAT SHURMUR: I think on defense you just got to play team defense and fight through it. They did a good job of that. Had the long drive, but we got the interception, which was awesome. Then they gave us an opportunity at the end with the ball to go down and win, a one-score game. I was pleased with the way they fought, but we as a team didn't get it done.

Q. How did Julian Love do?

PAT SHURMUR: He did a good job. Our intention was to play him some. One of the things coming out of the bye. Some of the things you noticed were things that just didn't happen, things that were intentional. Then he probably played a little bit more than we had planned when Peppers went down. But he had an impact, an interception. For the most part it looked like he did the right things.

Giants QB Daniel Jones

Q. Anything as a quarterback you can do on a play like that?

DANIEL JONES: Just try to step up in the pocket, I think. I had an opportunity there, and that's something I have to continue to work on.

Q. How much does the inability to run the ball affect you as a quarterback?

DANIEL JONES: We were able to hit some runs. Like I said last week, we throw the ball better, the runs are going to open up. We'll have a chance for that. I think we all got to do better across the board.

Q. On the touchdown pass, how confident were you?

DANIEL JONES: Yeah, I thought we had a one-on-one there with him. He made a really good play. Great play.

Q. On the last chance to win the game, what happened?

DANIEL JONES: Just missed a couple throws that we got to hit. Got to get the ball moving forward, making sure we're taking advantage of what they give us. Yeah, couple plays.

Q. What did they do to make life so difficult for you? Did they show you any unique stuff?

DANIEL JONES: They're a good defense. I think we just didn't execute our stuff and couldn't really find a rhythm on offense. We’ve got to do better with that.

Q. When you get really good field position like you did in the first half, don't turn it into consistent points, does that have a draining effect on you guys in the second half?

DANIEL JONES: I'm not sure it was a draining effect. It's disappointing. I mean, we got to take advantage of that. The defense played great. Special teams played great. They gave us a lot of opportunities there to take advantage of it, and we didn't. Yeah, it's disappointing. Certainly, hurt us.

Q. Why do you think Saquon hasn't been a huge part of the passing game, hasn't produced big in the passing game lately?

DANIEL JONES: I think I got to do a better job finding him when he's open, getting the ball to him accurately.

The defense is certainly aware of what he can do in the pass game, the way they play him. I got to do a better job getting him the ball.

Q. Seven straight losses. How are you dealing with the losses?

DANIEL JONES: It's tough. No one likes to lose. Everyone in this locker room, everybody that's part of the organization, is trying to do what we can to correct it. We got to keep doing that, look at what we're doing, get better. Right now, it's not good enough.

Q. The touchdown pass, you took a pretty good hit on that?

DANIEL JONES: Just had a one-on-one opportunity with him, tried to give him a chance there on fourth down. He went up and made a really good play.

Q. Did you see it? Were you on the ground?

DANIEL JONES: No, I didn't see the catch. Yeah, just tried to make the play.

Q. Is it hard to keep your eyes down the field? Did you sense Mack was closing in on you there?

DANIEL JONES: Yeah, I felt the rush there. Stepped up.

Q. What is the thought process here when you have the ball 95-yards away, no timeouts, you need a touchdown?

DANIEL JONES: It was an opportunity for us. I think we had to find completions, keep the ball moving forward. Just kind of stalled out. I don't know, it was an opportunity to go down and win the game. We got to take advantage of it.

Q. How did you get the cut on your hand?

DANIEL JONES: Just a hit or something.

Q. Stitches or anything?

DANIEL JONES: No.

Q. Do you think this team can get out of the losing streak and turn it around?

DANIEL JONES: I think the guys we have on the team, when you look across the board, we have a lot of players that can make plays. When you look at our season, this stretch, we've played well at times, but haven't consistently enough. I think that consistency is what we're searching for, it's what we need to achieve if we want to be better. I think we're certainly capable. I think everyone's mindset is just to get back on track. Certainly, have the means to do it.

Q. Do you need results to start validating the progress you think you're making? Do you need to win games in your mind?

DANIEL JONES: I think I can try to look specifically at certain things to feel progression or improvement. I mean, overall if you're not winning games, if you're not getting results, it's going to be disappointing. Certainly, a lot more to improve on. I think there's opportunities to learn from specific plays, specific instances in the game.

Q. The fourth and four, did you expect Shepard to be a little deeper on the crossing route?

DANIEL JONES: Just got to get him the ball sooner there.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley

On the play of the Bears run defense

“Khalil Mack, I could go down the list. They are just a great defense. I love going against those guys. We got to go against them last year and this year. Always up for that challenge. In my opinion, the top defense in the league. You just point out the players that they have. They played a great game. No matter how great a game they played, we still had an opportunity to win the game, and we didn’t do it.”

On providing pep talks on the bench

“That’s my mindset. Every time we touch the field, we’re going to score. Every game, we’re going to win. Obviously, the outcome hasn’t been that way that much this season. Every time you go out there you probably aren’t going to score. You got to have that belief. You got to believe it first before it actually happens.”

On the momentum shifting after the second missed field goal

“I wouldn’t say the momentum switched. I think they went down and scored on that. They answered. That’s what you got to do. You have to capitalize on the other team’s mistakes. We had a mistake there. They went down and capitalized. When they capitalized, we got to capitalize and make a play to even it out. We didn’t do that.”

On the dropped pass

“That drop, it sucks, happened early in the game. Probably had an opportunity to do something with it if I had caught it. D.J. put a great ball. I lacked in focus there. That’s the standard I hold myself to, you got to move on and put it in the past and play the rest of the game.”

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Giants K Aldrick Rosas

On his mind set

“It’s just get after the next kick. That’s all I can do. As a unit, we just need to put the points up on the board when they are presented.”

On if the snap for the first field goal attempt messed up his timing

“I don’t know. I’m looking at Riley (Dixon). I just got to make it. If the ball’s on the ground, I got to make it.”

On the wind change between his first and second kick

“Maybe a little bit. We knew that coming in. I was preparing for it. Just got to make it.”

On if missed PATs have affected his confidence

“I don’t feel different at all. That was my third year in. I’ve been through the ups and downs already. My confidence isn’t shaken at all. Every time I walk on that field, we expect to make the kick. I expect to make it. It’s just got to go through.”

Giants LB Alec Ogletree

On a frustration level with seven straight losses

”Obviously, nobody likes to lose. Losing is not fun for anybody. We haven’t won in seven, eight weeks or something like that. It’s frustrating for sure to keep losing. Not win games. We got five more opportunities to try and get a win. We got to look forward to that.”

On feeling confident the game could be won after halftime

”Yeah. We go into every game feeling confident. We have a chance to win. We prepare really well. We just have to go out there and figure out how to finish games. We just have to continue to learn and grow and eventually it will start going in our favor.”

On Trubisky’s play despite being injured

”He did what they asked him to do. I was able to get an interception. He was able to make a few plays for them and score for them. They’re pretty happy with what he did today.”

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