Daboll: So good to get another win. (It was a) tough game. I think we did a lot of things well. (There are) certain things, of course, to clean up as there always are. But today is my youngest daughter’s birthday, so I asked her what she wanted as a present the other day. And she said, ‘A victory. Give me a soccer ball with my name on it, dad. It’s the pressure more than anything. So, I want to wish him a happy birthday, and good luck winning. The guys played hard, played physical. (They) made timely turnovers. (They) came out in the second half (and) had an opening touchdown. (They) stalled a few times in the fringe. (They) got hit by bigger plays in the second half, but overall it was a good team win. (We will) prepare to play (the) Detroit (Lions).
Q: Obviously your defence: back-to-back practices in the red zone. You come with turnovers. Can you talk about that and the plays (defensive linemen) that Dexter Lawrence and Leo(nard) Williams had inside?
A: Two good players for us. Two good chefs. I think, if I’m not mistaken, Leo took out the first (to force a fumble) over there in the pile over there. And then (safety Dane) Belton made a big play after making a few good plays. Red zone defense, we played it pretty well this year. It was in the marginal zone, high red zone. Good games. Everything starts in front, whether it’s the defensive line or the offensive line. And Dexter and Leo, and other guys who played in there, did a great job for us. We will continue to need it.
Q: What is her name and does she get a ball?
A: Her name is Avery. And yes, I will find something to make sure she gets it. Yeah.
Q: I guess (running back) Saquon (Barkley) was fresh after the bye?
A: I mean, you tell me. He looked good to me. No, I’m just joking with you. What did he have? Thirty-five (carries) for 152 (yards)? The thing, I think, with him is that he takes a lot of hits. So we’re trying to do the best we can – the medical staff, the sports science – to do it the right way. And this week it was cool. So he had a very good week of training. We would give him the ball at the 20 (yard line) and he would run the ball to the end zone, 80 yards, then come back and do it again. So, I figured the stuff he was doing during the week was continuing. Obviously, he is having a good season for us. He had a good day.
Q: His slide at the end – what did you think of him (Saqon Barkley) sliding to stay in bounds, before the first down?
A: We would have liked to have had the first try. But we had a problem there in Jacksonville, so I think he was making sure no matter what, he was going to stay in bounds and let the clock go. Good game for him.
Q: At the end of the day, how much – I know you always want to improve on mistakes – but at the end of the day, how happy are you just to get a win, no matter how it is, how do you behave?
A: You are always happy. It beats the alternative. It’s hard to win in this championship. There are a lot of good coaches (and) a lot of good teams. Like I said earlier in the week, if you play well, you have a chance. This does not guarantee you anything. If you do the things that make you lose, you’re probably going to lose, no matter what team you’re on, who you play, where you play, what time you play. So our job is just to focus on the things that we can do in every practice, every game, every day, every practice and not push ourselves too far in terms of results. Just stay in the moment.
Q: What did you see from Dane (Belton), and how much did you have to change without having (safety) Xavier (McKinney) in there? For example, have you changed the (security) responsibilities of Julian (Love)? Or did Dane just (intervene)?
A: These guys are interchangeable, but Dane is smart. That’s why we recruited him. We thought he was a good player, and he’s very smart. So you will always miss your captains, your very good players, like X. But I thought throughout the week Dane was training well. He was ready to go. We had no choice. This is what we expect.
Q: Did Dane hurt himself? Someone said he walked into the x-ray room.
A: I do not know. I do not know.
Q: When you seat a veteran like (wide receiver) Kenny (Golladay), do you say anything to the player? Or do the players understand it (they have to do better)?
A: I think (wide receiver) Mike (Groh) talked to him about it, and we went with (wide receiver) Isaiah (Hodgins) in the second half.
Q: What went wrong with Kenny? I think there was the idea that he would come back from his injury and give a little boost.
A: It’s after a game. You never know what can happen from one week to the next. Go ahead and try to have a good week of training. And take it day by day.
Q: How much of that was based on the drop towards the end of the first half?
Q: No, he (Kenny Golladay) is no longer playing.
A: We just decided to play Isaiah. It’s that simple. And I think Isaiah did a good job being here for a few days. Come in, make some good plays, know what to do, be where it’s supposed to be. Thanks to him for the little time he spent here. So, I’m glad we have it.
Q: What does it look like to formulate a conservative game plan, perhaps to protect your team from its weaknesses?
A: I wouldn’t use that word. I would just use we try to do what we think we can do, which is run the ball 46 times. I think (a previous question) asked me, “Is it as easy as running the ball with Saquon Barkley?” The answer is no because they do a good job. They did some shopping. But every week we just do what we think we should do for that particular game. If it’s 60 passes, it’s 60 passes. That’s what we do as coaching staff. That’s what we will always do. I wouldn’t give it a label. I would just say that we try to do our best to formulate a plan and make sure the players execute it.
Q: You just laughed when I mentioned this question the other day. It was almost like, ‘Yeah. We’re going to throw the ball. This is our advantage here. How much was actually the incoming case?
A: I think we did some good things in the racing game. I think (offensive line coach) Bobby Johnson and (assistant offensive line coach) Tony (Sparano Jr.) and Bisch (tight ends coach Andy Bischoff) and (carriers coach ball) DeAndre (Smith) does a great job of sitting down during the week and talking it over with Mike (Kafka). And the players understand what we want to do. Saquon, again, made 36 touches today. Will it happen every week? I don’t know, but we wanted to drive him forward and throw our line and try to win the line of scrimmage. And (quarterback) Daniel (Jones) had a rating of, what, 153 (passer)? Is it correct? So it was effective.
Q: How hard was a throw he (Daniel Jones) made to (wide receiver Darius) Slayton on that touchdown?
A: Yeah. The guy was right in his (Daniel) face. (He) stood in the pocket, and then Slay did a great job. Again, a testimonial from Slay. We always talked about it earlier. ‘What will happen during the pre-season? Do you play with him too much? Are you trying to highlight it? We trusted him. He had to earn it, and he had to go through tough times, I would say, to earn it. But he’s done a really good job for us, call him, these – I don’t know – but a lot of performance games when his number is called. And that’s the kind of guy we want.
Q: When you raise a guy like (tight end Lawrence) Cager off the practice squad and you get a TD (touchdown) and in-game recovery, is that a bonus?
A: He did his job. Whether it’s him, Isaiah, the guys we have on the roster, it’s our job as a coaching team to prepare those players, to find guys who are there – like (general manager) Joe (Schoen) and his team are doing it and trying to get them here to see if they can help us. And if they can, so much the better. And if they can’t, find other guys. But there are certainly many things that everyone, starting with me, can do better. But it was good to win today.
Q: Were you happy with how (cornerback) Adoree’ (Jackson) handled the punt return?
A: Yeah. We had a plan. We were going to use these two guys depending on the situation – (wide receiver) Richie (James) and Adoree’. Again they did a great job during the week. It’s hard when you have a few bad games that everyone sees. Richie didn’t want to fumble the ball, and he does a good job catching punts for us. And I trust Richie. But again, we had to decide for this week what we thought was best, and that’s what we did.