The NFL world is based out of Orlando this week with the annual league meetings being held. That puts everyone in a central location for a limited amount of time and that can typically bring a heavy dose of interviews and quotes from head coaches and general managers across the league. There’s been no shortage of that this week from the decision makers of the New York Giants and that continued in audio form as head coach Pat Shurmur was a guest on the MMQB Podcast with Peter King and general manager Dave Gettleman appeared on the Adam Schefter Podcast.
Below are a few highlights of those conversations:
Pat Shurmur with Peter King
On what he learned from Chip Kelly:
The thing I learned and I guess appreciated at that stage of my career as kind of an NFL purist in some regard being with Andy Reid and some systems that have worked forever, With Chip, we challenged everything. In other words, the only bad answer was ‘we’ve always done it this way’ and so we challenged everything from how we practice to the schedules for the week and we stumbled on some things that are new to our game and you try to make that part of your own.
On Eli Manning and the idea of playing the best players:
I think globally, you need to play your best players. Looking at it, and when you talk about Eli Manning certainly, he’s about the fittest 37-year-old I’ve ever seen. He’s in the building almost every day training himself. He’s been very durable throughout his career. He did many things well a year ago but I think he’ll tell you he owns some of the bad things as well and so what we’re going to try to do is work with Eli and try to give him the best supporting cast and see where it goes from there.
On evaluating Davis Webb:
It’s interesting, I was talking about this earlier after watching this year’s quarterbacks coming out, I went back and watched Davis Webb again as a college senior to refresh my memory of what we thought because we liked him a great deal a year ago when I was in Minnesota. We were in a different situation quarterback-wise. I was able to watch his practice film with the Giants. I’ve been able to watch his preseason snaps. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of evidence of him playing for the Giants. We’re just going to have to see how it goes as we start these minicamps and this offseason preparation. But we’re hopeful he can develop into a winning quarterback.
On the opportunity to pair Odell Beckham with Evan Engram as the main offensive targets:
I’ve been impressed with Odell since we evaluated him coming out. I remember being at his Pro Day and I’m certainly glad he’s on our team. I think he’s a guy I’m really looking forward to working with and I got that feeling from him as well. As coaches we look forward to this time of year when the players come back. That’s what we do, so I’m looking forward to working with him.
Evan Engram was high on our board as well. He’s got some traits, we almost put him in the wide receiver category. That can be a matchup problem for defenses. He got a lot of good playing time a year ago. He made some plays, but there’s certain things he can do better as well, again we’re looking forward to working with him.
On his “Odell Beckham is on our team now” comment:
That sounds, probably not what I was intending to say.
PK: What were you intending to say?
He’s on our team and I’m looking forward to working with him. So, I don’t know if that ... I’m well aware of how that happens, but no, I’m looking forward to working with him. As it stands right now, I’m looking forward to seeing him when we get back to work.
On if he expects Beckham to be at offseason workouts:
It’s my understanding he’s going to be here. Certainly things change as we go along here, but that’s my understanding.
Dave Gettleman with Adam Schefter
On what he’s looking to do with the second overall pick:
I’m an intern with the Buffalo Bills, Bill Polian is the GM. This is ‘86, we had the third pick of the draft and we’re discussing the players and whatever. We had a veteran DB coach by the name of Dick Roach — heck of a coach. Everybody’s talking and Dick said ‘listen, in my mind, we’re not looking for the third-best guy in this draft, we’re looking for a player worthy of the third pick in any draft’ and it stuck with me all these years. He was 100 percent right, so that’s what I’m doing.
Someone asked me the question about the quarterbacks. At the end of the day if you’re taking a quarterback at 2, is he going to make everybody better? Is he worthy of being the second pick of the draft? Is he the guy with 2:39 left in the Super Bowl, you’re down by four, is he taking you down the field? You have to ask yourself and you can’t hope that he can do it, you have to in your gut know.
I’ve talked to Ernie [Accorsi] a million times about Eli and he said, ‘Dave, I knew.’
On if he’s seen a player worthy of the second overall pick yet:
Have I? I think. I want to do some more work. But right now my scope is really limited, Adam. Since I got the job — I’m not crying — but we hired Pat, you got to hire a coaching staff. There’s been so much going on that I’m going home tomorrow just telling everybody to leave me alone, I need three weeks to watch film. So we’ll get there.
... I’ve heard people tell me there are teams that already have their draft boards set. They’re smarter than me. I don’t know how you can set a draft board in February. I don’t know how you do it. There’s so much information you don’t have. So, I’m not that smart. We’ll be set at the draft.
On the Odell Beckham trade rumors:
It’s speculation. There’s an old saying, ‘you throw enough mud against the wall, something will stick.’ It’s speculation. You know, Adam, I can’t respond to it. It’s speculation and people have fantasies and it’s not for me to say no.