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What The Giants Said Following Their 24-3 MNF Loss To The Seahawks

Interviews, transcripts, and press conferences from the Seahawks' Week 4 win over the Giants at MetLife Stadium.


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Head Coach Brian Daboll

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Q: What bothers you most about what just happened out there?

A: Well, we didn't play a complementary football game. We turned the football over; we had some opportunities, but we didn't score any points. We didn't get the job done.

Q: What do you believe contributed to the protection breakdowns?

A: Probably a little bit of everything, had some longer routes at times, got beat at times, reads at times, calls at times. I'd say kind of a collection of everything 

Q: What were you trying to show (quarterback) Daniel (Jones) on that interception. The cameras showed you with the tablet.

A: I was trying to show him … kind of see what he thought and then I tell him what I saw.

Q: It didn't look like you were too happy because you kind of tossed the tablet as you walked away. What was supposed to happen on that route?

A: Yeah, I'm not going to get into particulars of it. Just didn't get the job done.

Q: What did you want him to do on that play?

A: Well, obviously not through an interception.

Q: How does a night like this happen? I mean, did you see any signs during practice this week where you had to check the guys or –

A: No, had a good week. Again, I thought defensively, we did a lot of good things. You know, didn't get the job done, had too many penalties on special teams and didn't score on offense. So, gotta figure out a way to make that better.

Q: How hamstrung do you feel with the way the offensive line is playing?

A: No excuses. I gotta do a better job.

Q: Do you feel like you let Daniel down with how you didn't protect him tonight?

A: I would just say overall offensively it wasn't good enough from any standpoint.

Q: We've talked a lot about the play calling and you've said the process has remained the same. You guys are averaging five points per game aside from that Cardinals game. Do you think the process needs to change at this point?

A: Well, I'd say we got to do better. We'll keep working at it, I'm confident in the guys we have, and we got to do a better job of it.

Q: What do you make of the special teams?

A: Too many penalties, dropped the first punt. Had 6-or-7 penalties. Six. So again, really nothing good enough, got to do a better job and that starts with me.

Q: What do you think of the after-the-whistle stuff, (running back Gary) Brightwell, (Defensive lineman) Leonard (Williams) getting into it.

A: Certainly not something we want to do.

Q: How do you stop that?

A: You talk about it, you coach it. Ultimately, they've got to go out there and do it in the heat of the moment. So, we'll work on that to fix it.

Q: What did you tell the guys in the locker room after?

A: I'll keep that between us, but obviously we've got to do a lot better.

Q: This is the second game you've had at home at the end of the game where the visiting fans are just acting like they own the place. Are you getting worried you might lose your fans?

A: I'd be upset too if I was a fan. There's a lot of things we've got to do better and that's what we'll try to do.

Q: Do you feel like this season is starting to spiral a little bit on you guys?

A: It's the first quarter of the season, there is a long way to go, but certainly a lot of things we've got to do better.

Q: Do you have enough of a handle on what exactly is wrong to be able to confidently say you can have a plan to fix it in time for next week?

A: I have a lot of confidence in the guys in the room. I know the results haven't shown up. We took some pretty bad beatings, but you own it, you move on and I've got a lot of confidence in the players and the coaches and we've got to do a better job.

Q: This team made the playoffs a year ago and I know every year is different –

A: Every year is different.

Q: How do you explain just the first quarter of this season?

A: I'd say every year is different. We're not playing well right now, not coaching well right now. So, got to do a lot better.

Q: In the first half you ran the ball on 3*rd*-and-11 –

A: Yeah, thqat was a miscommunication.

Q: That wasn't the play you called?

A: It was not. No, it was miscommunication. Daniel thought he heard one thing, and it was another thing and miscommunication. 

Q: So, you wanted to attack with a pass?

A: Yeah. 

Q: Do you think changes are needed? Do you have guys? Are you trusting the right players and coaches? I mean, do you have to kind of search a little bit with that now?

A: We haven't played well. We've got a lot of work to do and that's what we'll do.

Q: But you don't anticipate making any changes?

A: No. In what regard?

Q: Staff, personnel on game days, anything along those lines.

A: No. 

Q: Do you think the decision to go on fourth down after you guys got stopped in the first half could have turned things around?

A: On the first drive?

Q: When you guys got stuffed on the push play.

A: What was the question? I'm sorry.

Q: I was saying that - do you think that really turned things around because of the inefficiency to get something going in the first half?

A: I'd go for it again if we were ever in that situation

Q: What do you say to Daniel after a night like tonight, to shake something like this off?

A: We had a tough game, all of us. So, I've got to do a better job of trying to help him.

Q: You say it's the first quarter of the season, but how eye opening is losing games by like 40, 18 and 20.

A: I know the scores. I got you. Yeah, not good, a lot of work that needs to be done.

Q: What gives you the confidence that you guys can turn this around? I mean, you seem very confident in terms of what you guys –

A: When you're in this position, you have to tell it like it is and you've got to move on and get ready for the next week again.Last week has nothing to do with this week.You can't focus on stuff that happened in the past.You've got to learn from them and obviously do better.We've got to play better and coach better on game day.That's what we need to do to.

Q: What was the decision to put (cornerback) Adoree' (Jackson) back at punt returner?

A: Yeah, dropped that first punt and I felt comfortable with Adoree' back there, catching it, handling the ball.He was a good punter.

Q: It took kind of a quick hook on Eric Gray there, first punt of the game. Why after that?

A: I just thought to put Adoree' back there with this punter and field the ball and make sure that we get possession of the ball.

Q: Do you feel your message is getting through to the players?

A: Well, we're 1-3 and we got beat pretty good. I've got a lot of confidence in our players. I've said that before, 1-3. So, I'm going to present my message each week. I've got confidence that those guys are hearing it. We're just not getting results right now and that starts with me.

QB Daniel Jones

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Q: What did you see at the goal line with that interception? What were you trying to do?

A: I just felt like the coverage was soft, trying to find someone in the zone and yeah, obviously, terrible decision and awful mistake, so I can't afford to do that.

Q: You were sacked ten times tonight. How difficult is to play under those circumstances when you're under that much pressure?

A: I mean give credit to their defense. They rush hard and play well together, but I've got to do a better job getting through my reads, getting the ball out of my hand, and making quick decisions, so I'll definitely look to work on that.

Q: The broadcast showed some clips of (Giants Head Coach Brian) Daboll kind of expressing frustration. Do you care to kind of comment on what those interactions were like? I think that was after the interception.

A: I think we're all frustrated, so I know I've got to play better and I'm going to work as hard as I possibly can to do that.

Q: What was going through your head as you were kind of just sitting on the bench towards the end of the game.

A: I mean obviously I didn't play well enough. It was unacceptable and I let the team down, so I've got to fix it. I've got to work hard to get it right and I'm going to do that.

Q: What gives you confidence that you guys can get things going in the right direction?

A: We've got the right kind of guys. We've got all the talent we need and we just have to put it together and we have to be consistent with it.

Q: You mentioned frustration. Is there any shock of where this team is now after four games?

A: Yeah, I mean no expected this to be where we were, where we are, so yeah, there's some shock but at the end of the day it's about what we do from here and getting things corrected and playing better football. 

Q: You mentioned earlier in the week that you felt that the first half or the slow starts just came down to execution. Why do you think that you guys ran into that same problem today?

A: Just didn't finish drives, didn't sustain drives and finish drives when we needed to, so we've got to execute more consistently.

Q: You stressed that you feel like you let the team down. Is there ever any part of your brain that allows you to consider that some of them may have let you down too in terms of protection or different things?

A: I'm going to look at myself and study myself and see where I can improve and see where I can help this team and that's what I'm focused on. My play wasn't good enough. I know that, and that's what I'm focused on.

Q: I guess what I'm asking is, sometimes is it too much to ask of one player – you were scrambling with the ball, you were running with the ball, you were making the throws. Is that too much when there's not (Giants RB) Saquon (Barkley) out there, when the passing game isn't really working?

A: I think we all need to play better together, for sure, so that's what we're focused on as a group and I'm a big part of that so I'm going to make sure I do that.

Q: What's next for you after this loss? I know it's late, it's already close to midnight. Where do you go about fixing this?

A: Watch film, study it, and see where I can improve.

DL Dexter Lawrence II

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Q: Do you think there needs to be player-driven leadership that rights this, that gets you guys back on track?

A: For sure. For sure, and I am all about player-driven leadership. We got to be firm with each other, don't be afraid to hurt feelings and just hold each other accountable the right way.

Q: I'm not asking you who or what, but do you feel like there are feelings that are going to be hurt? I mean are you pretty sure the messages are going to be heard?

A: I mean, I'm not afraid to hurt somebody's feelings. I want to win, you know? So, whatever it takes, that's what I want to do. 

Q: From the defensive standpoint, the second touchdown, I mean, (Seahawks quarterback) Geno (Smith) goes out, you guys just got to within 7-3 back when he was in. Was that maybe the most bothersome point of the night from a defensive standpoint? You guys really had a chance to seize the momentum right there.

A: Not really. I think on defense, we've got a lot of strong-minded guys and we brushed that off and came out and fought the rest of the game.

Q: Do you feel like the defensive effort was improved tonight?

A: Yes, I think defense all around had a solid game. We didn't play great in some situations, but I think we had a solid game.

S Xavier McKinney

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Q: Are you guys at an early crossroads here? Like if you don't figure this out soon.

A: Yeah, it could definitely go sideways. I've been a part of a team where it has gone sideways. I do understand this league, it's tough and you've got to be able to respond quickly or it could go south, but like I've said from the beginning, I believe in the guys that we've got in this locker room, I believe in the coaches that we have and at the end of the day, we've just got to play better, we've got to play more complementary football and that's what it is.

Q: You've been pretty steady with that, consistent with saying that you believe in the guys in this locker room. Why do you believe?

A: I understand the work that we've put in. I understand how we prepare and, ultimately, I understand the talent that we have. We've just got to find a way to put it together and right now we are not doing that. So, we've just got to find a way, we've got to find a way.

Q: (Seahawks quarterback) Geno (Smith) looked like he thought that hit was you. What did he say to you?

A: I don't know. I really don't care, to be honest, about what he is saying or what he is doing, honestly. So, don't really matter.

Q: You thought the hit was fine though? I mean as (safety/inside linebacker) Isaiah (Simmons) said he was just trying to make a play.

A: Yeah, I thought the hit was fine, so I mean, he'll be alright.

TE Darren Waller

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Q: Darren, did you see a performance like that team-wide coming at all?

A: No, I did not. I don't ever take the field expecting to put a performance like that on display on any team that I have ever been on. I approach the field with a mindset of trying to go out there and dominate.

Q: What do you think went wrong?

A: The offense is just not good enough in all facets. I don't even have anything to really say. It's just not good enough.

Q: Darren, why is the offense struggling?

A: I don't know, man. I really don't. I see the talent; I see the guys that we've got and I see the type of vision that we were able to have coming from the spring and the excitement that we had on offense and I just don't know. I don't have a lot of words right now. I'm sorry.

Q: Is that the hardest thing about it is that you just don't have the answers? If you saw things that you could fix?

A: I don't have the answers. I can't tell anybody else how to do their job. All I can do is do what I am asked to do and go out there and try to execute.

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