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Pat Shurmur press conference, 9/18/19: Full transcript

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Opening Statement: First, the injuries. Grant Haley had an illness. He was feeling better as the day went along. Cody Latimer is in the concussion protocol, and Zeitler is dealing with the shoulder that he dealt with last week. He should be fine but he didn’t go today. Dickerson was back practicing, Sterling is going through the protocol, he had a non-contact day. That’s why you saw him in the yellow jersey, he looked good running around. (Darius) Slayton was back out there and so that’s that with the injuries.

Obviously, the topic of conversation yesterday was the quarterback switch. I talked to all the parties involved yesterday morning and then they quickly got back to work and did Tuesday things where they were getting ready for the week. We have a switch in roles, but it should come as no surprise to anybody that that’s been a great relationship since the day we drafted Daniel. They have both helped each other, they’re both preparing to play if they have to play and they both assist each other, whoever the one that is playing, and I think that’s what we can expect from Eli. When you’re talking about people and emotions, those conversations, I’m going to keep that between me and certainly Eli. You can go back on any presser I’ve done and find the words that I have said about him all along, that hasn’t changed. That’s where we’re at, Daniel is our starter, Eli will back him up and we’re moving forward.

Q: Do you believe that Daniel Jones is the better quarterback right now?A: Daniel Jones is ready to play, and we are going with him. Yes, and the reason I say that is we do everything we can to win football games and at this point we feel like he’s the guy we want to move forward with.

Q: When did you come to this decision, and what did you factor into it?A: I think about all this stuff all the time, and again, it’s not all about Eli, there’s other factors involved, our team, where we’re at and moving forward. Most of the thought for me happened after the game.

Q: What makes now the right time? There is a school of thought that if you brought Eli Manning back and you paid Eli Manning to be the starting quarterback, two games is not enough of a window?A: I don’t understand that narrative because Daniel Jones is going to have the benefit to start here 14 games, of a guy who is what being a Giant exemplifies. Not only as a player, but as a person. He’s going to have the benefit of this guy’s assistance as we go through it. My gut told me it was the right time, but that narrative that you don’t bring Eli back, I think that’s just something for us all to talk about.

Q: Who had to sign off on this decision?A: I certainly made the decision, and I had the conversation with all the parties involved. At some point, they said, ‘Are you sure” and I said, ‘Yeah, I’m sure.’

Q: Does that include Dave Gettleman and John Mara?A: Yes, absolutely, you don’t do these things without talking to the people that you just mentioned, and Steve (Tisch) and so on.

Q: Do you believe the move could jumpstart this football team?A: We are trying to win a football game, and we feel like along the way here, Daniel Jones has showed us that when he gets his opportunity he is going to play well.

Q: Did anything he do from the day you drafted him to today say in your mind that this has happened faster than you expected?A: Well, we are going to see. He’s going to play in his first regular season game Sunday against Tampa at 4 o’clock and so we will see. To this point, I think it’s safe to say in our minds he has checked off all the boxes in everything we have asked him to do. We’ll get him ready to go play, put a plan together that he can utilize, and we’ll go to work.

Q: What changed from Week Four of the preseason to Tuesday that Jones jumped Eli?A: I think it was just my gut that it was time to make that move. I think when you draft a guy like we did, at some point, this was going to happen. I felt like this was the time.

Q: Do you expect Eli to be with this organization until the end of the season?A: Based on what I heard yesterday and based on what I saw today, he’s doing everything in his power to be ready to play if he has to go in. He’s doing everything in his power to help Daniel get ready. I don’t foresee anything that would make me think he won’t be here.

Q: Usually when a team goes to a younger quarterback they try to trim the playbook a little bit. Does Daniel open up things that you weren’t able to touch with Eli?A: No, and again you try to run plays against the team you are going to face. We did some things against Buffalo that we didn’t take full advantage of that would have helped us win that football game. Every play that goes in, the quarterback that’s running that play has a little bit different interpretation of it. His eyes sometimes go to a place slower or quicker than others. To answer your question, he’s got the ability to run our full offense.

Q: Will the offense look any different?A: It should look the same schematically, I’ll let the changes in tactics reveal themselves, so to speak. We want to score more points. I think that’s what we are looking for. We’re looking for better results.

Q: In terms of speaking with Eli yesterday, were you struck by the weight of that moment? Of what he has been here, what he has represented here and that he may have taken his final snap as a starting quarterback of this organization?A: Yes, I am well aware of all that. We were two guys talking that have a good relationship. I’ve said it all along, Eli is closer to 40 than he is 20 and so that’s how it all started. I sort of knew what I wanted to say when he walked in yesterday morning, but it changed on the run on for me because of the naturalness of two people talking. He quickly left and got to work doing Tuesday things.

Q: Was he more emotional than you during the conversation?A: I think it was equal.