Accorsi on Eli: ‘He won championships, and he was always there giving us a chance to win’

Eli Manning is ready to write the final chapter of his historic career.

One of the best, most popular and most decorated players in Giants history, Manning, a two-time Super Bowl winner and most valuable player, will announce his retirement Friday, ending a 16-year career spent entirely with the team he joined in a draft-day trade in 2004.

“For 16 seasons, Eli Manning defined what it is to be a New York Giant both on and off the field,” said John Mara, the Giants’ president and chief executive officer. “Eli is our only two-time Super Bowl MVP and one of the very best players in our franchise’s history. He represented our franchise as a consummate professional with dignity and accountability. It meant something to Eli to be the Giants quarterback, and it meant even more to us. We are beyond grateful for his contributions to our organization and look forward to celebrating his induction into the Giants Ring of Honor in the near future.”

“We are proud to have called Eli Manning our quarterback for so many years,” said Steve Tisch, Giants chairman and executive vice president. “Eli was driven to always do what was best for the team. Eli leaves a timeless legacy with two Super Bowl titles on the field and his philanthropic work off the field, which has inspired and impacted so many people. We are sincerely thankful for everything Eli has given our team and community. He will always be a Giant among Giants.”

Ernie Accorsi was the general manager who traded for Manning. Though he retired after the 2006 season, Accorsi has remained a member of the Giants family and has followed Manning’s career closely.

“I learned very early that you evaluate quarterbacks on their ability to win championships, and to do it late in a game when the game is on the line, that they’re able to take a team down the field and into the end zone to win a title,” Accorsi said. “The second thing is to know that over a period of years, he’s always going to be there. Those kinds of quarterbacks always give you a chance to win, and for 16 years, he did that for this franchise. He won championships and he was always there giving us a chance to win. I don’t know how you can ask more from a quarterback.”

Manning’s first 183 regular-season and 11 postseason starts were for Tom Coughlin, the Giants’ head coach from 2004-15.

“It was an honor and privilege to coach Eli, and to go through the wonderful and magnificent moments that he and his teammates provided for all of us in the world championship ‘07-‘08 and ’11-’12 seasons,” Coughlin said. “The New York Giants, flagship franchise of the National Football League, have four world championships You have four trophies sitting there. You have (Phil) Simms, you have (Jeff) Hostetler, and you have Eli for two. Eli Manning not only is the quarterback on those great teams, but he is the MVP of the Super Bowls. He’s an incredible big- game performer. You talk about a guy that’s great to coach, focused every day, took tremendous pride in preparing, practice, had a great sense of humor, was a cynic in the locker room. But the guys loved him and they loved him for it, and they played for him. The guys that had the opportunity to play with him know what it’s like to be with a guy with as much talent, as much grit, as much determination.

“Here goes the retirement of a great, great football Giant. I and my coaching staff and our teams from 2004 right through 2015, for me at least, my part, hold Eli in the highest respect and congratulate him and his family, and his mom and dad, for all of the wonderful, wonderful experiences he’s had, and the happiness and pride that he has brought to the entire Giants family, the fanfare, the fans, the family and everyone that’s taken so much pride from his performances and for what he’s meant. He’s always been there to make the call, to stand up and represent the Giants in the best possible way.”

Manning is one of the most accomplished players in the 95 seasons of Giants football. He is the only player in franchise history to suit up for 16 seasons and his 236 regular-season games (234 starts) and 248 total games are both Giants records.

From Nov. 21, 2004 through Nov. 23, 2017, Manning started 210 consecutive regular-season games, then the second-longest streak by a quarterback in NFL history (to Brett Favre’s 297). After sitting out one game, he started the next 22 in a row, giving him 232 starts in 233 games – plus 12 postseason games. Manning never missed a game because of injury.

“I can’t tell you what that means to a coach, to be able to prepare every week knowing your starter is going to be there,” Coughlin said. “It’s almost impossible today to be able to do that. Some teams are fortunate. Many teams it doesn’t happen to. You get a guy nicked, you get him hurt. I remember once he was hurt with a shoulder. He didn’t practice all week. We didn’t know if he’d be alright. He started and played the whole game and played well. It meant a great deal to us to be able to prepare knowing he was going to be on the field and be the starting quarterback for all of those games.”

Manning led the Giants to victories against the New England Patriots in Super Bowls XLII (when they defeated a Patriots team that was 18-0) and XLVI. In each game, he led the Giants on a long fourth-quarter drive to erase a fourth-quarter deficit. On Feb. 3, 2008, it was a 12-play, 83-yard march highlighted by Dave Tyree’s famous helmet catch and the 13-yard touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds remaining that gave the Giants a 17-14 victory. Four years later, the decisive series covered 88 yards in nine plays, most memorably a 38-yard sideline throw to Mario Manningham and Ahmad Bradshaw’s seat-of-his-pants one-yard touchdown run for a 21-17 triumph.

Manning won the Rozelle Trophy as the game’s most valuable player each time. He is the only Giants player to win the award twice and is one of just five players in NFL history to win multiple Super Bowl MVP awards. All of them are quarterbacks (Tom Brady, 4; Joe Montana, 3; Terry Bradshaw and Bart Starr, 2 apiece).

Manning is one of 21 quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl without losing one and one of 12 to win at least two Super Bowls.

In 2016, Manning was the co-recipient (with Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, a fellow member of the 2004 draft class) of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. He is the only Giants player to be so honored in the award’s 49-year history.

Manning owns every significant Giants career passing record. He is sixth in NFL history with 8,119 attempts and seventh with 4,895 completions, 57,023 yards and 366 touchdown passes. Manning also has the franchise’s highest career completion percentage (60.29). Manning holds the seven highest single-season completion totals and the four highest yardage totals (he threw for more than 4,000 yards seven times) and completion percentages. He was selected to four Pro Bowls.

Manning also excelled in the postseason, when he had an 8-4 record. He set Giants career playoff records with 400 passes, 242 completions, 2,815 yards and 18 touchdown passes.

In the recently-concluded 2019 season, Manning played four games. He started the first two games before being replaced by Daniel Jones, the sixth overall selection in the draft last year.  Jones sprained his ankle against Green Bay on Dec. 1 and Manning started the next two games, a Monday night game in Philadelphia and the following Sunday at home vs. Miami. Manning threw for 283 yards and two touchdowns in a 36-20 victory over the Dolphins and left the game to a long and loud ovation with 1:54 remaining. The victory evened his regular-season record at 117-117.

Off the field, Manning has been one of the most giving Giants, donating his time and money to numerous civic and charitable causes. He heads the Tackle Kids Cancer Initiative at Hackensack UMC and he launched “Eli’s Challenge” by pledging to match grassroots donations from local organizations dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000. He and his family built “The Eli Manning Children’s Clinics” at the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children in Jackson, Miss. Manning supports numerous other charities, including Children’s of Mississippi Capital Campaign, March of Dimes, New York March for Babies, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, American Red Cross, Scholastic’s Classroom Care Program and the PeyBack Foundation.

Fittingly, one of the many awards he has received for his work in the community is the Ernie Accorsi Humanitarian Award at the National Football Foundation.

“That’s what it’s all about – it’s about giving back,” Coughlin said. “You think that the good Lord gave you these tools for you to hold inside you and be selfish about it? No chance. He goes out in the community, he’s himself when he’s out there. He’s done a tremendous amount of work for the Jay Fund (Coughlin’s charity foundation, which benefits the families of children with cancer). He goes to see cancer kids over in Hackensack and throughout New York City. His heart is in the right place.”

Next week in Hollywood, Fla., Manning will be presented with the 2020 Athletes in Action/Bart Starr Award. The award, bearing the name of Pro Football Hall of Famer Bart Starr, honors Starr’s lifelong commitment to serving as a positive role model to his family, teammates and community. Manning was selected by his peers in the NFL, making it the only award – other than the Pro Bowl – voted on by all the players.

Coughlin was three months into his 12-year tenure as the Giants’ coach when Manning joined the team roughly an hour after the San Diego Chargers selected him first in the 2004 NFL Draft. Picking fourth, the Giants selected another quarterback, Philip Rivers. Accorsi then engineered a trade that brought Manning to the team he had hoped to play for all along. The Giants sent Rivers, their third-round choice in 2004 (No. 65 overall), and first and fifth-round picks in the 2005 draft to the Chargers for Manning.

“(The late Beano) Cook told me once, ‘You could be on the first civilian flight to Mars, and the first line of your obituary is going to be that you traded for Eli Manning,’” Accorsi said. “No question about that. I’m honored to be associated with Eli Manning in every way possible, as a person and as a player.”

So is everyone else who had the privilege of working with Manning for 16 years.

Jags’ Marrone talks Tom Coughlin

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan had seen enough. On Wednesday, which was days after the NFLPA warned players about joining the Jaguars because of excessive fans levied by the team, Khan decided to fire Executive Vice President of football operations, Tom Coughlin.

According to ESPN.COM, the apparent last straw for Khan was the letter the NFLPA sent to every player in the league that announced it won a grievance filed against the Jaguars for requiring former player Dante Fowler to attend rehab and doctor appointments in Jacksonville during the 2018 offseason and fining him more than $700,000 when he didn’t.

The 73-year-old Coughlin ran the Jaguars’ organization for the last three seasons. Coughlin was the first coach in the team’s history from 1995-2002, and he came back in 2017 to try to resurrect the organization.

Today, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone gave his thoughts on the firing of Coughlin.

Marrone:

“So obviously most of you know me. It’s a little bit different. I wanted to make sure that I was available today to try to answer any questions that you might have. I think that obviously it’s a tough situation and it’s never any one person’s fault. We’re all to blame for what’s going on during the season. Obviously, right now, what is important to me is obviously my job, is to lead these coaches, and that’s what we did last night game planning, and lead these players and do the best job I can for them to really win these next two games. So, that’s my focus. I’ve said it before, pretty much blinders on going ahead. We tried to keep the schedule the same for the players that it was today. I don’t want any excuses from the coaches or the players about distractions or what may be going on, and I’ll address some things with the players after practice because I wanted to keep things the same. And then I wanted to make sure I was available for you, and obviously, the people out there that support the organization, and our sponsors and answer whatever questions I can, whatever information I have.”

(On who informed him of the firing of Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin)

Marrone:

“I can’t remember the exact time. I was working on goal line short-yardage [situations], and then Coach [Tom] Coughlin walked in, and he said that [Jaguars Owner] Shad [Khan] had ‘just let me go.’ We’ve been through this. Unfortunately in coaching it happens. We’ve been through it before. I kind of just took a step back and asked Coach, ‘Is there anything that I can do for you?’ Coach was as professional as you guys know he would be. That was it.”

(On how long the conversation lasted)

Marrone:

“As long as how I just said it.”

(On what working for Coughlin was like for him)

Marrone: “An experience that I’ll look back [on] and be grateful for. When you have someone that, obviously the Syracuse University connection, and then my job at Syracuse while he was at the Giants, the relationship that we were able to build there. To be around someone that has just a great heart, great principles, great family man. I think those are the things that come to my mind. But again, like I said before, there’s not a lot of time for me for reflection, because I have to lead these coaches and lead this team. It’s funny, I always think about – someone asked me about seasons, and I was in New Orleans, and I said, ‘I’m always about three seasons behind,’ before I can actually go back and really reflect on how I feel, or my inner emotions or my take on things. Because with the position I have, I take a lot of pride in making sure that I stay focused, that I am doing a great job leading coaches and leading the players because that’s really what your job is at the end of the day.”

(On the positives of him and General Manager Dave Caldwell working together moving forward)

Marrone: “I don’t look that far ahead. Right now, I’m thing about, ‘OK, these plays that we have in practice that we need to do a good job on versus Atlanta.’ I think it’s the same thing. I think my focus is on the team and on these games. My focus is getting the coaches better, the players better, because we all know that we have to play better than we have been playing. I think you always get in trouble when you go too far ahead, because what happens in my experience, I can only speak for myself, is when you go too far ahead, or you too far behind, you’re going to lose out on the day. I really believe that. That’s been my philosophy. So, for me, now’s not a time for me to think about tomorrow, or the next day. Right now, the time for me is to be in this moment and be there for the coaches and the team.”

(On the current state of the franchise)

Marrone: “That’s a good question. I’m working on trying to win these games. I know that myself that obviously, I’m disappointed. I’m judged by wins and losses. I feel like I understand that I put it on me that hey, whether it’s sponsorship, ownership, the rest of the building, the fans, the people here, because I know it’s difficult. It’s always tough to write when a team’s not winning. I put that on myself. I take a lot of pride in being a good leader and being able to win football games, and obviously, I haven’t won enough. So, I think it’s the same type of question that [1010 XL reporter] Hayes [Carlyon] said, I really just stay in this moment and try to do the best job I can and keep fighting. I am where I am today. I believe this because I’ve always just kept fighting and stayed focused. I think that I’ve always held my head up high, knowing I did the best job I can, and I will always continue to do that as long as I’m in the position I’m in. Whatever position it may be. That’s just kind of how I’ve lived my life. I don’t apologize for it. There’s mistakes that I’ve made, and I feel like I learned from them, and I think that’s a sign of good leadership when you can admit you make mistakes and you move on. You guys know that I’ve tried many things. I’ve tried to correct things that have here before. Some of theme have been positive, some of them we have to still keep working on, and I will continue to do that as long as I’m the head football coach.”

(On if his relationship with Coughlin has changed significantly over the past three seasons)

Marrone: “It’s really only the second time I’ve heard that. I’ve gotten a call from someone saying that I haven’t spoken to Tom [Coughlin], which is really a joke. We talked every day. I wouldn’t use those terms that the relationship was strained, because I have so much respect for him, and I listen. And I’m one of those people that I’ve always believed with good leadership that you have to be a good listener. And I’m also humble enough to understand that I don’t know everything. So, the people that have had experienced a lot of things in my profession I’ll look to and talk to and figure out is that the best for our football team, or does that make sense to me and [will I] be able to do that. So, I don’t see – If anything, I see the relationship has gotten stronger through the three years.”

(On what Jaguars Owner Shad Khan told his after the decision to part ways with Coughlin) “

Marrone: Pretty much Shad [Khan] brought me in his office afterwards and said that he let coach go, and that for the time that I will be reporting to him, and that he expects me to be focused on these next two games. I said, ‘absolutely,’ and that was that conversation.”

(On if him and Khan talked about anything further than the next two games)

Marrone; “No, nor should I expect that. Right now, that’s what should be expected.”

(On if he thinks the decision to part ways with Coughlin will make it easier to keep players focused for the last two games)

Marrone: “I don’t think there’s anything easy about this profession. I really don’t. So, I always worry when it’s that word, we know that that easy, or comfortable, or anything of that nature, so nothings that.”

(On if parting ways with Coughlin was like removing an obstacle)

Marrone: “Like I said, I haven’t sat down and really thought those things out. For me, nothing has changed, from my standpoint. I’m still doing everything that I have to do for the coaches and the players. I haven’t really thought about that. There’s nothing that I have ever felt there was an obstacle for me. It’s the same way I looked at my life, I’ve had a ton of obstacles, always able to overcome them whatever they may be. But I feel I have good communication with the players, I have good communication with the coaches. We’ve worked together on a lot of things, so I don’t think there’s any obstacles.”

(On what his message to the team will be in regards to parting ways with Coughlin)

Marrone: “Sure. I’m going to say obviously they know that coach [Coughlin] was let go last evening and that you’re going to get a lot of questions on it. I sat there and answered a bunch of them, but I want to remind you of one thing – our focus is on the Atlanta Falcons. We have to win. There’s no difference; nothing’s changed from what I said before. We’re all fighting for our jobs, for our life, really. I mean that’s what we do as coaches, we all know that. That’s what the situation is. [It’s] No different for the players, they have the same thing. So again, it’s a tough situation, but you have to keep your focus, and you have to lead, and you have to go out there and do your job.”

(On how often he was having conversations with Owner Shad Khan before beginning to report to him last night)

Marrone: “I have always had conversations with Coach [Tom Coughlin]. With Shad, we have talked obviously, but nothing out of the ordinary.”

(On the structure of reporting to Shad Khan and how that works)

Marrone: “I don’t know. I haven’t gotten through this structurally.”

(On communicating with Tom Coughlin and then Tom Coughlin reporting to Owner Shad Khan)

Marrone: “Everyone knows I reported to Tom, yes.”

(On Jaguars players’ comments on fines and if that was a distraction)

Marrone: “I think I hit on that a little bit yesterday when I spoke about the level of fines and that all fines are obviously collectively bargained. That is something that I think the players should address, and it is something that we have to keep in mind. I think that the players and myself have communicated that. We have made changes, and it benefitted our team. I think that is one of the things that when you talk about leadership and you talk about communication and everyone being in it together – these are the things that you have to do to work with whether it is coaches or players, those things have been addressed and we are on the right path. There is no doubt about it. The players know that. I believe they would express that. I can’t speak for them, but I know we have made great strides in that area.

Statement from Jaguars on the firing of Tom Coughlin

The Jacksonville Jaguars have fired Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin, the team announced today. Coughlin, who was hired by the team in 2017, recently came under fire from the NFLPA due to some of the fines levied by the organization.

Here is a statement from Jaguars owner Shad Khan on the firing of Coughlin:

“Within the past hour I informed Tom Coughlin that he was being relieved of his duties as Executive Vice President of Football Operations of the Jacksonville Jaguars, effective this evening.  I determined earlier this fall that making this move at the conclusion of the 2019 season would be in everyone’s best interests but, in recent days, I reconsidered and decided to make this change immediately. 

“I thank Tom for his efforts, not only over the past three years but for all he did from our very first season, 25 years ago, to put the Jacksonville Jaguars on the map.  General Manager Dave Caldwell and Head Coach Doug Marrone will each report directly to me on an interim basis.  My expectations, and those of our fans, for our final two games and the 2020 season are high.”

Full Transcript: Jags’ Tom Coughlin talks Marrone, Foles, Fournette, more

Jaguars Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin addressed the media on Wednesday. The last time the 73-year-old Coughlin addressed the media was back in April.

Here is what he had to say:

(Opening statement)

“Good afternoon. I wanted to share a couple of thoughts with the media and our fans regarding our 2019 season. We know as an organization that we’ve put ourselves in a hole this season and specifically, not performed as we had planned in the second half of the last three divisional games. I offer no excuses. You, the fans, are upset and disappointed and frustrated and we, as an organization – players and coaches, are frustrated and disappointed and suffer from remorse for opportunity lost. It’s important to keep in mind that we have five games to play and we are committed to do our very best to prepare, to practice and to put ourselves in the best possible position to win five games, one game at a time. Is this a great challenge? Yes, it is. Will it be easy? Of course not. Coach Marrone has developed open lines of communication with this team. The players’ attitude is good, and our players and coaches look forward to this challenge. There are a few reminders we need to hear.

“We have three more home games and we need our very loyal fans to come forward and support our players and our coaches and create, for us, the 12th-man advantage. We need everyone on board, and all pulling in the same direction. And by everyone, I mean ownership, organization, coaches, players, scouts, staff, our great fans and our entire community. Everyone must be on board to help us win. It is not easy to win at this level, but a team must avoid making it more difficult for ourselves with costly mistakes and errors. Our penalty statistics, for example, are very bad and must be corrected. We must find a way to play four solid quarters of winning football, and all three phases must play in harmony if we are to win.

“John Wooden said adversity makes us stronger. We learn a lot about ourselves and about others in the most difficult times. So, while it’s easy to look at what’s wrong, and we are doing just that, let’s not lose sight of some of the very good things that are happening. A few examples: we’ve had great production out of this year’s rookie class with 30 starts. Josh Allen, a team-leading eight sacks, is tied for the most sacks by a rookie this season. Jawaan Taylor has started all 11 games at right tackle. Quincy Williams has started six games. Gardner Minshew, 4-4 as a starter, 92.8 quarterback rating and Rookie of the Month for the month of September. Leonard Fournette’s 1,342 yards from scrimmage this season lead the AFC and [rank] third in the NFL. He’s averaging 4.6 yards per carry and he has shown all season he can make an impact running the ball, catching passes and also in pass protection. DJ Chark leads the AFC and ranks second in the NFL with eight receiving TDs and leads the AFC and ranks second in the NFL with nine catches of 20 yards or more. [Yannick] Ngakoue has six sacks this season and 35.5 as a career. Calais Campbell has 5.5 sacks, marking his 11th consecutive season with at least five sacks, the longest such streak in the NFL. Josh Lambo, 24 out of 25, is 96 percent, leads the NFL. Logan Cooke is second in the NFL in net punts. The nucleus of this team is young. The leading receiver is 23, the leading rusher is 24, the leading tackler is 24 and the leader in sacks is 22. We are just one of three NFL teams with multiple draft picks in the 2020 draft. To be clear, there are no excuses. Everyone in this organization can and is capable of doing more to help us win. Everyone. It’s a five-game season. All hands on deck. Leave it all on the field. There are no excuses. And from Shad Khan and all members of the Jaguars organization, I wish to you and to all our loyal fans, a very Happy Thanksgiving.”

(On if he is returning for the 2020 season)

“There are five games to go.”

(On what he needs to see out of Nick Foles)

“We would like to win. That’s why we play.”

(On if he has determined Head Coach Doug Marrone’s status moving forward)

“Five games to win.”

(On if he criticized Head Coach Coach Marrone for how he handled training camp and, if so, why)

“That would be between Doug and I. It’s not for anyone else.”

(On if the team is interested in bringing back Yannick Ngakoue)

“We have five games to play and everyone has a lot to prove.”

(On what he did to repair the relationship with former CB Jalen Ramsey)

“I’m not going to speak about Jalen. He’s no longer a part of my team. He’s a member of another team.”

(On the positives he’s seen from Leonard Fournette, on and off the field)

“Leonard has made great progress along those lines. I think that Doug has done a great job with all of the players on this team. They all are — the extension, as you well know, from the very beginning was trust. Trust and communication. And he’s done a great job of that. And Leonard, in return, has been one who has communicated, and [Running Backs Coach] Terry Robiskie and Leonard, and they have worked together to be a really solid part of our team.”

(On if he has received any indication that Telvin Smith could return)

“I’ve heard nothing.”

(On the decision to speak at this time and if he felt the recent performances were so egregious that he felt compelled to come out and say something)

“I wouldn’t use that word, but here’s what I would say. You know my philosophy, the head coach is the voice of the program, okay. I feel at this point in time, that I’m needed to speak. Doug has come before you with his message literally every day since the start of the season. If I can help reinforce that message, then that’s why I’m here. We’re all in this together, we all want to win. You all want to win, I know that. You don’t want to write about a team that’s not winning, that’s not any fun. And we’re all in this thing together.”

(On if he was told to talk to the media)

“No.”

(On the message that he’s trying to enforce)

“Well, I was hoping you were going to ask me to summarize what I would say to our fans. And our fans and everyone else, we need you very badly. In my opinion, we’ve been on the road for three straight weeks and it hasn’t been pretty. We need to get home, we need to get our whole thing going in our stadium, and our support from everyone. It’s not a time to duck your head, stick your head in the sand. We all know what the circumstances are, but these are young men. They know when they’re being supported and when some extension of love is being sent their way, and they will respond. So, we all need to do this.”

(On what he’s seen from the team that makes him believe they can get back to where they were in 2017)

“Just their attitude, the way they practice. They come back out on the practice field and they go to work again. You have to keep chipping away, there’s no other way around it, it’s hard work. And when you watch them practice, and when you see them come out on the field you know — you look at Foles, you know what he wants to do. He wants to win, for sure. And everybody else out there, too, I’ve liked that part of this team.”

(On if the decline of the defense is due to coaching, scheme or personnel)

“There are a lot of things involved in that.”

(On his thoughts on the team’s culture right now)

“I think it’s pretty solid for what we’re going through.”

(On what can be done to correct the issues on defense)

“There are a lot of reasons for [what’s happened defensively]. Gap integrity, mental errors, not attacking the line of scrimmage, not being in the right place at the right time, so there’s a lot of — getting blocked. There are many things involved. So, what can take place to be improved is to take care of some of the things I just mentioned. Get better at depth, be better disciplined. Hold your position, understand what the next guy is supposed to be doing.”

(On the issues with the run defense)

“It is a lot like containment the other day. Containment. Fundamentals, [possessing a] fundamentally sound approach to all of your responsibilities. Is it easy? No, of course it isn’t.”

(On his message to the fans)

“We need you now. There is still a chance to have a winning product. A lot of good things have to happen in the last five games.”

(On Gardner Minshew II)

“We have two very good quarterbacks. We are very fortunate.”

(On if he overestimated the team’s talent before the season and thought the QB issue was the primary concern)

“Well at that time, I think it was. …. I don’t think so. It is always a combination of things. Do you need more players? Sure you do, but you always do. If you look around the league, you will see that on most teams.”

(On the decision to go with Foles over Minshew when he returned from injury)

“[Nick] has only played two games, didn’t play in the preseason. He has played two football games. Gardner played very well, did not play well in London. Nick was ready to come back. That was the basis of the decision at that time.”

(On how Myles Jack has played)

“Well, he played better the other night, I thought. Continuing to understand what his responsibilities are, why perhaps, and improve. Everyone has to ask that of themselves. This time of the year, we should be improving as players and as a team.”

(On if any progress has been made on a contract extension for Yannick Ngakoue)

“That is not for discussion today, and it wouldn’t be in this setting anyways.”

(On how Head Coach Doug Marrone has done this season)

“Well, as I keep saying, we have five games to go and then there will certainly be an evaluation of every one of us. Of everybody.”

(On how Andrew Norwell and Taven Bryan have played this season)

“Well, I think as everybody, we all have to get better. If we do that, then maybe perhaps we can correct this [situation], this year, that we find ourselves in. And that is not just for those two. That is for everybody.”

(On if the team needs to hear this from him)

“They will hear it from you