"As we said all week, we knew we were going to get the Giant's best shot, and we certainly did tonight. They played hard, they played physical. Brandon Jacobs, just a physical presence out there running the football. I thought our guys hit him hard."
"The bottom line is, is our defense was able to get the ball turned over to us three times, and offensively we played a very clean game. It wasn't as good as we wanted it to be, we didn't finish some drives, but Jay took care of the football. Our guys took care of the football. We were able to run some clock. It wasn't all pretty and we know that. That's exciting from our standpoint because we know we have a chance to get better."
"I'm giving the guys off tomorrow. They won't come in. I want to give them a chance to get more rest. Get their bodies healed up. It's been a difficult five days, but we found a way to win a game on Thursday night in Chicago, by taking care of the football and playing hard for 58, plus two minutes. We were able to find a way to win, we appreciate the win and the opportunity to get our guys some rest. During the next three days we're going to go to work as a staff, we're going to take some time as well, but we're going to go to work as a staff, we're going to continue to find things we can do to improve our football team in all three phases. We're a work in progress, tonight we found a way to win a game and that's exciting.
On being confident to go for it on fourth down early in the game
"I did. I did. [Feel confident] We were hoping to score a touchdown, obviously. I felt our defense was in a place that, if we didn't make it, they'd have to go the distance. If we did [make it], we could get some energy of Zack's [Bowman] interception. Didn't happen that way. The good part about it, we bounced back. We came back on what was really our official first drive, went down and scored. We see things each and every week that tells us, we can not just be good, we can be very good. But we also know there is work, work ahead, and we're going to work real hard this weekend to continue to improve our football team. The things we can do as coaches to help get our guys along and help get them better in all three phases."
On Tim Jennings play, given Charles Tillman's absence due to injury
"Awesome. It was next man up all over the place on defense. First of all, Mel Tucker did a great job on our staff, just getting the guys ready without any practice. Working our internal front, moving guys around. It may not have looked it, I don't know how it looked upstairs, it was an extremely physical game. Brandon Jacobs running in the hole. Our guys, we missed some tackles, we didn't make some plays, certainly we need to make down the road here. We stuck our hats in there. It was a physical game, of getting to the football, and the tackling on our side of the ball tonight."
On the Giants playing man-to-man coverage on Brandon and Alshon
"The thinking was, we tried to mix it up and move the ball around. It just happened to work that way. The play design on the touchdown was specifically designed for Brandon to get that ball based on what they were doing. But we really didn't know what to expect. They played Philadelphia all man-to-man coverage, and the other games they were much more three-deep zones, different kinds of zones. Tonight, it was a lot of three-deep zone pressures, but zone behind it. Late when there was more a sense of urgency for them to get the ball back you saw we took some shots just missed some long balls late against bump and run coverage. They went to more press, man-free coverage."
On Charles Tillman not being available to play
"I think if he had had through Sunday, I think he would have played. He worked extremely hard. He was in the building at six o'clock in the morning, he didn't leave the training room. He was doing everything he could to get read. I dropped him a text. I have a lot of respect for the work he put in, in the training room to try to get himself ready tonight. Fortunately, we found a way to win without him, and it will be great to have him back next week."
On not being able to put the game away early
"You always want to continue to be aggressive and do the things you need to do. I think we were, but we got stalled on three drives. The biggest plays of the game came up where we lost points on the screen. We lost point there. That would have put us up by nine. It would have been a two score game. We were disappointed that we couldn't once we crossed the 50, the 40, we couldn't finish the drive. That's what I'm saying, we need to continue to work at the reasons and find solutions, because we want to get better. Although we played well tonight because we took care of the football, number one and were clean pretty much offensively. We still want to be more consistent in our ability to move the football game-in and game-out."
On the design of the fourth down play
"We were supposed to make a first down. The play specifically: we targeted Brandon. We expected man-to-man coverage and they played zone. So they boxed us out in the coverage. We were in a bunch. Brandon came across the formation he was really the primary, but not the first look if it was hot. Jay stepped up, that's all I saw. He delivered the ball, back shouldered it. It wasn't a perfect location. I don't know whether Brandon could have made the play or not, but was supposed to happen, he's to make the three yards, four yards and move on."
On the defensive line's play
"We'll look at the tape. This was a heck of a job by Mike Phair and Mel just to put this together, to get this thing going without a week of practice. With Landon and Zach and the guys inside, the newer guys inside."
On the play of Jonathan Bostic
"You know again, that's something that I have to look at the tape to see. I'm watching the game. To make a statement of any kind based on his play I'd rather answer that question after we get a chance to look at the tape."
Do you feel like this is a win you had to have at home?
"Yes, we wanted to win, obviously, at home. Short week and it was tough on the guys to get out on a Thursday game with a 0-5 team and we got their best punch. We knew that they were going to come out and play us tough. They have a lot of good players over there so we have to give them a hand. You know, that fourth down, start the game with the turnover, you like to punch that in for some points. Little things, we won the game, but you kind of leave unsatisfied cause I think, offensively, we could of exploded for a little bit more."
On appreciate the confidence on going for fourth down.
"Yeah, yeah, we talked about that this morning, about that possibility. Like the call, we just got to get it in front of ‘B' (Brandon Marshall) a little more. Maybe we'll get the first down there and maybe he breaks the first tackle and gets in. Like the confidence doing it at home and we started a free possession for us."
On first touchdown with Brandon
"Split safety, had a good call with Alshon (Jeffery). Kind of got the other coverage. It was an easy one and you don't get those lay-ups that often so that was one of the easier ones ‘B' (Brandon Marshall) is going to have all year."
On having to win so many games in shoot out fashion
"Little banged up defensively. Up front we are dropping some guys, lost James (Anderson) and DJ (Williams) and guys had to step up today. We made some stops when we had to. We're getting to a point where we're at 21 points and sometimes it isn't going to cut it in this league. You have to put up 30, sometimes more. It is definitely the games where you know it's going to be 21-14, 21-10, 10-14 but I think that's going to be more of the rarity than it was before."
Put much new into the offense?
"No, we didn't really have to and I don't think we did either. It is a Thursday game and you are going to have to see more base defense and base offense. You are going to try and stick to stuff you feel comfortable with and feel good about. That's what we did today. With the way our offensive line is playing and the guys we have outside I think we had more than enough tonight."
Did the game raise more questions than answers?
"Maybe for you, not for us. We will take any win. It is hard to win in this league, especially on Thursday. We feel good about the win. I don't think anybody in the league is where they want to be offensively and defensively at this point, to early in the year. You want to be playing your best football in November and December and make your run then. That's where we've got to get better and better. We've got some time off, one game and then a bye week so we have one game we've got to get up for and then get some guys healthy."
On Martellus Bennett as a weapon
"It's good and he'll tell me about it too, so I don't forget. He's fun. He's fun to have in the huddle. He makes plays and all those guys make plays in crunch time too. A tough catch there and big guys, so it's good have those guys. I think Phil (Emery) has done a great job of building the offense this year and the additions to the offensive line. Some key guys outside."
Confidence about Brandon on man coverage
"History I think more than anything. History has proven that he is going to do it. He'll do it more times than not. Feel comfortable with it and he is going to protect the throw for me. He's going to make some plays too. I have worked with the guy for a long time. We kind of read each other, not a lot of talking out there, so I know where he is going to go and he knows where I want him to go. So it works for us."
Bigger step for the offense in the first half
"We had some turnovers there, short fields, converted down the red zone there after that first one. I will have to look at film to really dissect it so I didn't see how exactly how he did or what exactly we were doing. We concentrated on the third downs in the fourth quarter. Trying to keep some drives alive and staying on the field. There is still a lot of work to be done."
Explanation on grounding
"We had some conversations. I like him out there and I thought they did a good job. Sometimes they are going to go your way, sometimes they are not."
Time Table on offense improving
"No, as long as we are getting better each week. I think we are heading in the right direction. I think we got better this week. The first half we did well. I thought we got in the red zone and made some plays. Finished the game on the field there on a four-minute situation. A lot of positives. You know, third downs are going to be tough, just is. We got what we wanted, we didn't make the play. So that is a good sign. We are calling the right plays. The ball is going in the right direction. Physical things we have to clean up. As long as we are getting better, we don't need a time table."
On trying to put the Giants away in the third quarter
"When you start fast like that, you want to continue to go full speed. We didn't do that, but the good thing is that we got a win. We can build off of this. It's a young offense. We're building chemistry. Whenever we can get a win while getting better, it's always great."
On how things loosened up for him today
"They played 1-High. So, there were some times when they doubled me and they rolled coverage to me, but they're a 1-High team. Sometimes they play Cover-1 and sometimes they play Cover-3. We took advantage of it when we had a chance. We still left a lot out there. We still can get better. From my standpoint, I was in the slot. They got their hands on me way too much. Even outside, I've got to work on my releases. I'm glad we won."
On his first touchdown
"Honestly, it was a designed play. It's a play we had in our book for some weeks now versus that coverage. It's a play we like. Coach (Trestman) put me in that position and I was able to make the play for the team."
On the reasonable timetable for reaching the offense's potential
"If you look at Drew Brees and those guys, we do a lot of things similarly, and those guys have been together for seven or eight years. We have a chance to get it done now, but to get to where we really want, I think it's going to take some time. I think Jay (Cutler) is getting a little bit more comfortable. You look at our offensive line. They started fast tonight versus one of the better defensive lines in the league. And, us receivers, we've been doing a good job of communicating and working with each other."
On Jay Cutler
"Usually when we're down a little bit, and we're getting to crunch time, he gets a little more vocal, but tonight we were all under control and with great poise."
On not converting the fourth down early in the game
"For me, it was, ‘Would we have scored if I caught it?' Jay told me no, so that made me feel better. He didn't even know if I would have gotten a first down. So, I was disappointed that I wasn't able to make that play for our offense and our team, but it's part of the game. You know, you win some and you lose some. But it sucks when it starts that way. But, we were able to pick it up the next drive."
On the green shoes
"It was amazing. Sometimes you come off as a guy who is trying to build yourself up. I just really hope that people believe that I'm using it as a platform to do well. For so long, I was irresponsible with it, but tonight, man, really bringing an awareness to an issue that affects all of us, it was amazing. The skyline was lit up lime green. The network was able to get a shot of that, talk about it, create dialogue…it was amazing. It affected me and it affected my family, but, it also affects one in every four of us in here, so I was excited about the opportunity."
On what was most encouraging about tonight
"No turnovers. No sacks. It definitely helped us win. We always try to find the positives, but obviously, we're going to find the negatives when we look at the film tomorrow, and we'll work toward bettering those…"
On playing the Giants
"They have weapons all over the field, just like we do. And, also with a quarterback like Eli (Manning), you never know when that ball is going to go over the top. Credit our defense to make those big plays, both Tim (Jennings) and Zack (Bowman).
On his interception near the end of the game
"It was kind of vertical. They went back to a play that they had run a couple of plays earlier, one that I actually got my hands on. I guess they saw something, and we were in a Cover-3 Deep. I was kind of over overlapped to Number-2. The ball was overthrown, and I was there to make the tackle, but I saw the ball tipped, and I was able to get my hands on it."
On his interception return for a touchdown
"I had a good read on it and a good break on it. He threw it. I don't know what the receiver did because I was just playing the quarterback the whole time. He threw it. I had a good read on it, and I was able to get my hands on it with nobody in front of me."
On being prepared for the Giants' competitiveness
"They're fighters. We've got a fighting team. That's a Tom Coughlin coached team. They're going to come out well-prepared, and they executed well."
On how critical getting this win was
"It's big. We need to get as many numbers in that win column that we can. We've got to make a playoff push. We're not even close to where we need to be, but right now we have four wins, and we need to get more."
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