New York Giants’ coach Pat Shurmur on Monday downplayed the criticisms of defensive coordinator James Bettcher by Janoris Jenkins after Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Jenkins was critical of the fact that he stays on one side of the field and does not follow the opposition’s top receiver.
“You guys have gotten to know him, and I know Rabbit (Janoris Jenkins) really well, he’s a spirited guy and he wants to have an impact on the game,” Shurmur said. “I think his assessment of we’re the only team that doesn’t travel isn’t quite accurate. I just came from the Minnesota Vikings, who don’t. I think there’s a lot that goes into that.
“Again, he’s a competitive guy and I’m sure those are just immediately after the game comments. Unfortunately, I have not had a chance to talk to him, he left immediately (because) there was an illness in his family that he had to go attend to. I’m sure I’m going to have a conversation with him when he gets back.”
Shurmur said he was “not sure” Jenkins meant to criticize Bettcher, but added that “obviously anything that we do we should do behind the scenes.”
Here are some other takeaways from Shurmur’s Monday media availability.
Daniel Jones is “fine”
The rookie quarterback limped his way through a good portion of Sunday’s game after injuring an ankle. Shurmur said he did not think that would impact his status for practice this week or for next Monday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
“He’s got some game soreness but he’s fine,” Shurmur said.
Culture over talent?
Shurmur was asked if the Giants valued culture over talent too much in the offseason, an obvious back-handed way of asking the coach if he wished the Giants had not traded Odell Beckham Jr.
“Unfortunately, we don’t have the win total that we’re looking for. We believe in guys that are certainly talented enough to play that are good teammates, you know, you need both,” Shurmur said. “Listen, I regret that our record isn’t much better. That’s the only thing I regret. Our job is obviously to get it better, and when it’s not, obviously it falls on my shoulders.”
On players staying invested despite the losing
“I think the guys played hard throughout the game. They’re in it to win it, you know. I don’t think that’s a problem as far as gauging it. I think they’re out there playing every snap to have success and have a positive impact on the game. I don’t worry about that.”