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What The Giants Said Following Their 27-13 Loss To The Seahawks

Interviews, transcripts, and press conferences from Week 8 at Lumen Field.

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Featuring postgame quotes from the following:

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Head Coach Brian Daboll

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BRIAN DABOLL: Tough loss, give Seattle credit. They did everything better than we did today. So fly home and make the corrections and have a bye week and get ready to play Houston.

Q. Inaudible.

BRIAN DABOLL: Taking care of the ball is one of our main goals and obviously we didn't do it. Got the ball in good field position to capitalize on ten points. Turn the ball over on your side of the field, it's tough. So we have to fix that.

Q. Without looking at the film, is Richie James trying to do too much? Is he getting reckless?

BRIAN DABOLL: I would have to take a look at it. I looked on the JumboTron, looked like the guy knocked it out of his hand pretty good. Richie knows you've got to take care of it and that's the game.

Q. Seemed like Seattle on defense was keyed in to not let Daniel Jones hurt them a lot and obviously paying a lot of attention to Saquon. Were you hoping that your passing game could makeup for that?

BRIAN DABOLL: They did a good job all the way around. They did a good job stopping the run. We averaged less than three yards and I thought they did a good job on the perimeter on some of the nakeds and the keeps. We didn't hit any big plays off of them. They just did a better job than we did.

Q. You had two chunk plays, 20-plus plays, one last week. How hard is it for you guys, do you need more than that in order to win?

BRIAN DABOLL: Well, they certainly help. Big plays certainly help in a game whether they change field position or improve your odds to score on that drive. Continue to look at it and find ways to do it.

Q. You guys obviously have been a very good fourth quarter team, trailing in four of them now. Is there a confidence level with this group that if you get into the fourth quarter, you can tie it up after?

BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah, our guys are confident. We just didn't do enough today all the way around. Again, give Seattle credit. It's hard, the ball is important. We have to do a better job of taking care of it and executing and finishing drives, converting on some third downs, particularly early on in the game. A lot to work on.

Q. What message do you send to them, you've got a week off here now, what message do you send them away with?

BRIAN DABOLL: Keep your head up. Got a good week of practice. There's obviously things that happen in this game that we have to eliminate from happening, just every game whether you win or lose, come in on Monday, be consistent, make corrections. Have some time off on the bye week and come back ready to go.

Q. They are coming in tomorrow?

BRIAN DABOLL: They are coming in tomorrow, and then they will be off.

Q. You're letting them go tomorrow?

BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah.

Q. Off the rest of the week?

BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah.

Q. What did you see from Nick Gates and what was it like to have him back on the field?

BRIAN DABOLL: I'd have to look at it. Just having him out there provides energy. He was excited all week. We know his story, so we'll just keep working with him.

Q. First snap, helped get that touchdown, was pretty excited about that. What do you think when you see that and how special is that for you guys as a team to see him enjoy that moment? It's been a long road for him.

BRIAN DABOLL: It's special, coming back from the injury, well-documented. Just want to be part of the team and do what he can. He's a great young guy to work with and wish we could have had a different outcome today.

Q. I don't know if you look at things at all like this, but at the halfway point of the season, do you feel like you're saying, keep your head up, do you feel it was a good first half of the season for you guys?

BRIAN DABOLL: We have a long season to goes 3-1 in the first quarter, 3-1 in the second quarter, obviously not good enough today. A lot to work on. Like I say every week, there's a lot to work on. Don't like the results of today but Seattle earned those ruts and we didn't so we'll come back, make corrections, do some self-scout and things like that during the week and try to fix some of the things that we need to fix like we do every week.

Q. One of the things that has been a problem for most of the first half is those fast starts, you had a decent one last week, but is there anything --

BRIAN DABOLL: They converted on some third and shorter to mediums, so when you have to punt on those, those are tough. You don't get anything going. You don't sustain any momentum. So certainly stuff we have to improve on.

Q. Did you expect to come out throwing? Obviously it's the game plan, you did last week.

BRIAN DABOLL: There were some RPOs in there that Mike called that they took away the run, so we threw a quick out to Slayton or we hit a slant to 17. So those were, if they were going to do this, we do that. If they play this, we do that.

Q. What was the mindset of the possession at the end of the first half to get the ball whack with a minute and a half, whatever it was?

BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah, we had -- we didn't want them to take time-outs. It wasn't like we were moving the ball well so we were up and at it, if we got a first down, we could get going into it, not giving them the ball back with much time. So that was it.

Q. Stopping the run game, what were you seeing? What was the difference today?

BRIAN DABOLL: They just played good. They did a good job up front. They set the line of scrimmage. They tackled well. They had a lot of guys down there in the gaps. They played well.

Q. There are some games where you have to convince your guys, look, this is what we have to do differently next time, so that's why we lost. I would imagine with your guys this week, you can pretty much put on the tape and say, you guys are going to find -- you guys will know where you lost this game and even before the coaches pointed out?

BRIAN DABOLL: I think that happens every week with our guys. We try to be as consistent as we can with how we approach after a game, good or bad, there's certain things that you do well even though you lost and then there's certain things you didn't do well. I think that's the way we approach it. We just try to be as consistent as we can. Obviously turnovers are tough but there's a lot of other things, too, that we could have done better.

Q. A lot of focus this week on the deadline. Are you hopeful to make any moves?

BRIAN DABOLL: It's just after a game here. My focus is really not happy with the outcome today.

Q. When the run is not working, pass game is not working, what's the next step?

BRIAN DABOLL: Just coaching. Just be consistent with them. Coach them up.

Q. Big picture, first half of the season?

BRIAN DABOLL: I thought we did some good things. There's things obviously that we need to improve on. You know, long season left. Get rested up and come back out ready to go, and have a good week the following week.

Q. Pretty good, no matter how you cut it, correct?

BRIAN DABOLL: Yeah, I'm thinking of that right now. I'm not happy with what we did today. A long trip back, a lot to fix but we'll fix it.


QB Daniel Jones

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Q. You tied the game up at 13 in the fourth quarter, made fourth quarters all year. Were you thinking you had a good chance at that point because it was something you had been doing lately?

DANIEL JONES: Yeah, I think we all felt like that. You know, had not done a lot of things great to that point but we found a way to get back and just didn't do enough and we got the ball back there to keep it going. So yeah, I've got to make a few more plays.

Q. Did you feel like they were focused on not letting you run the ball as you did last week?

DANIEL JONES: Yeah, I mean, I think they are doing a good job. With some of those zone read things and some of the nakeds and keeps and keeping the width on the defense. Credit to their defense. They played well today.

Q. A lot of people will want to look big picture, but you know this team and you know where you're at, how much focus gets put on today rather than the big picture for this team?

DANIEL JONES: I think a lot. Certainly tomorrow when we go in, we'll be focused on this game and there's a lot of things to focus on this game, a lot of things we did correct and a lot of things we didn't. We'll shore those up and make corrections. We'll look back to the first half to some extent and see where we can continue to improve. Imagine a lot of our focus will be on this game.

Q. You had almost 200 yards in the second half. Did you make any significant enough adjustments going into the second half?

DANIEL JONES: Not really. I think we found some things in the run game that were working and got into a rhythm a little bit on some of those drives. I think we just executed better and yeah, did a bunch of little things better that ended up helping us convert and move the ball better.

Q. Regardless of what's happened for you guys this year when you've gotten into the fourth quarter, either tied or right within striking distance, you've been the team that's been able to make the plays and avoid the mistakes. Did you feel like you guys were right there when the fourth quarter begins and that this was going to be another one of those games where you were going to make those plays to pull this one out?

DANIEL JONES: Yeah, I think we all did. I think we all had that feeling. We are confident in our ability to do that. We had not done -- we had not played a great game up to that point but confident in our ability to chose out games. Just didn't do enough down the stretch. Didn't make enough plays. Things we have to look back on and clean it up.

Q. Coming off your performance last week where you win offensive Player of the Week, the change to this week where things are more frustrating, what does that feel like, going from that high to having more of a frustrating performance for this team?

DANIEL JONES: I think that's part of playing at this level, playing in the NFL; that defenses are good, teams are good. Seattle deserves a lot of credit. They are a good defense and a good team. They played better than us today. We'll look to see how we can clean up some things and improve but that's the way it works in this league. Everyone is good, so you've got to bring you're A-game every week.

Q. To come out after halftime, you held the ball for almost nine minutes and you had to settle for the field goal at the end. Was that a little frustrating?

DANIEL JONES: Yeah, I think whenever we settle for field goals in those situations, it's frustrating. We want to score touchdowns. We weren't able to convert there -- in the end zone. That's something we have to look at.

Q. Looked like you had a nice rhythm going with Darius there in the second half. Were you looking for him? Did he just happen to be the guy?

DANIEL JONES: Yeah, I think he was doing a good job getting open, found some space in their zone, especially in third down and he made a couple really nice catches, contested catches and big plays for us. Like I said, I have a lot of trust and confidence in him.

Q. Going into the bye week, you're in a good spot overall, 6-2. With the trade deadline on Tuesday, it's the first time that you've been part of a team that, who knows if something is done by Tuesday, maybe it sends a different message to this team. Do you feel that at all when you guys leave tomorrow, wondering if there's anything that's going to be done by Joe and the department upstairs to get something that this team might need?

DANIEL JONES: Yeah, I mean, I don't think -- that's something that we don't control as players and you know, that's up to those guys. That's up to those guys upstairs to make those decisions. Whatever they do and whatever they decide, we'll go with but that's not our job and not in our control as players.

Q. This is sort of the halfway point of the season, you're 3-1 in each quarter and this is the best you've been at at this point in a season. What are your feelings about the big picture at this point?

DANIEL JONES: I think we have done some things well. You know, found a way to win some games. But like we've said, there's a lot still out there for us. I think today shows that a little bit. There's a lot we need to improve on and shore up if we want to continue to be the team that we think we can be. That's what our focus. Is we have been able to pull out some of these games and you know, 6-2 is not bad but there's a lot of work to do.

Q. You're close to Nick Gates and he's on the field when you guys scored that touchdown and looked like you were the first one to go up there when he was down on the ground and you had a nice block. Did you say anything? How happy are you for a guy to go through what he did and get out on the field today and make some plays?

DANIEL JONES: Yeah, cool moment, just to see him suit up and run back out there today, and knowing what he's been through, knowing what he had to overcome, really not that long ago, a little over a year from now. So much respect to him and how hard he's worked and it's cool to see that and see him out there today. He played well.

Q. Do you guys feel like you have what you need to be a contender in the second half here right now as a team in this locker room?

DANIEL JONES: I do. I think we've got guys across the board who can make plays. We have guys up front that have been playing really well all season. Like I said, there's certainly a lot of things we have to clean up but I've got a lot of trust, a lot of confidence in the guys we have in the locker room.

RB Saquon Barkley

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(On what made things difficult for the running game today...) "You've got to give credit to Seattle. They did a really good job. That was it. They made plays. They made more plays than us. We've just to be a little bit better. Go back, watch film, learn from it, get our bodies right this bye week and come back with our minds set right."

(On whether Seattle was better in scheme or physicality...) "They made plays. That happens. Part of the NFL. Those guys get paid a lot of money, too. They made some really good plays. We've just got to do a better job, make more plays. It starts with me. I have to do a better job in the run game, getting it going earlier and sustaining it."

(On if the Giants ran out of gas in this fourth quarter, unlike their recent fourth-quarter performances...) "I wouldn't say we ran out of gas. They just made more plays than us. Give credit to them."

(On the value of the upcoming bye week...) "It's really important to reset. It's a great time to look back at what we did so far, what we accomplished in the first half of the season. Learn from the good, learn from the bad, use that to get ready for the second half of the season and come out with the right mindset. At the end of the day you want to win every single game, but being 6-2, there's a lot of good out of that, but there's also a lot we can learn from it to be the team we want to be."

CB Adoree' Jackson

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(On if penalties and missed tackles show more when you're playing in close games) "No. For us, it's just about the series of events and understanding that things are going to happen throughout the game. You just try to stay level-headed and understand the next play mentality. But at the end of the day, that's a great team and they got the best of us today."

(On if slowing down the run game was a focus coming into the game) "Every week we want to focus on stopping the run. That's what it is in this league, stopping the run and then everything else follows. I felt like we did a good job of trying to do that today."

(On how difficult it is to have a four-game winning streak snapped) "Any time you lose, it sucks, even when we lost the first one. We're frustrated. For us, it's just go back to the lab on Monday when we get back, figure out the things we need to correct and try to get our minds away from it, but still stay locked in. But at the same time, get our bodies together, get our minds right so we can get ready for the second half of the season."

WR Darius Slayton

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(On his connection with Daniel Jones and being able to connect on third and long situations) "I don't know. I try to get open and he normally throws good balls that are easy to catch. We've been able to convert on some of them, but obviously we need to do a little bit more going forward."

(On what they'll focus on during the bye week to improve the passing game) "From a receiver standpoint, I think we need to do a better job of getting open, making plays on the ball and pretty much just doing our job. As a whole today, we probably just didn't make enough plays to win the game."

(On having to settle for field goals after having long drives and if it takes steam out of the offense) "I wouldn't say it necessarily took steam out at that point because we were kind of struggling to sustain drives, so it was good momentum to be able to sustain them, but obviously, you want to end drives with touchdowns and in those cases, we were unable to get in the endzone. But I think it was good to have those long drives, get our defense a break and kind of build some momentum."

DE Leonard Williams

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(On how Geno Smith played) "Overall, he played a good game and they played a good game. I think we did a good job against the run, but overall, it wasn't enough. We have to go back and watch film on Monday."

(On how he feels about being 6-2 going into the bye week) "I'm still happy about where we are at. I think we have no reason to hang our heads down low now. That was a good team that we played just now. It wasn't against slouches or anything like that. Guys have been nicked up, banged up, and we're hoping to go for a stretch after the bye week and hope that guys are able to take care of their body for a little bit."

(On his evaluation of the defense in the first half of the season) "I think, overall, we have done a great job, situationally specifically. I think we do a good job in two minute situations, backed up situations, two minute, four minutes before the half, and before the end of the game type of things. I think those are the defenses that do really well, the ones that do well in those situations. Regardless of stats or anything like that, I feel like we have done a good job of not giving up too many points in each game."

C Nick Gates

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(On how it felt to get back in an NFL game after breaking his leg) "It definitely feels good. Good fun to get back out there with the team and be out there with the guys. It sucks we lost, but it was a little moral victory for me."

(On how many snaps he expected to play today) "I don't know. I didn't really know how many, it just depended on the game and the situations. I didn't really know how many I was going to get or not. I knew I was definitely going to get some on field goal or go in for heavy type stuff, but I was just going in there open minded because I didn't know how many I was going to get."

(On the goal for the team going forward) "Keep winning after this. We'll get this bye week, get our studying in. We need to correct some stuff and try to get the win the next week."

S Julian Love

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(On what happened during the DK Metcalf touchdown...) "He just slipped through the zone, honestly. It was a good scheme. It was a good play for what we had that play."

(On how much New York prepped for Metcalf due to his injury last week...) "We prepped. We acted the whole week like he was going to play."

(On how it feels to be 6-2...) "When you think of the four quarters of the season, the first quarter we were 3-1. Now the second quarter we're 3-1. Really the story is going to be about the second half. I think we've done a great job so far, playing well, winning some close games. Today we didn't execute. But the story is very promising going forward. We've just got to learn from this game, shake it off. We did a great job from the last game we lost. Just adjust what needs to be fixed and just moving on. that's what it is. You can't have the high highs and low lows. It's about always improving."

(On how this year compares to last year...) "When you put it into perspective, last year we were 1-6 at this point, 1-7? And so, yeah, it's a tale of two years, and we still have accomplished a lot this first half of the season, and now it's going to be a race. The second half is going to come down to nut-cutting time. You've got to lock in, shake this off, enjoy the bye week, get rested."

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