On WFAN: Shurmur Discusses Giants' Week 1 Loss To Jaguars

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September 11, 2018 - 6:27 pm
Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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Giants head coach Pat Shurmur joined "Mike's On" during Tuesday evening to discuss Big Blue's Week 1 defeat to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jaguars exited East Rutherford with a 20-15 win.

"I thought we played extremely hard," Shurmur said. "I thought we did a good job of really doing what we needed to do on defense to make sure they didn't score a bunch of points. I felt like it was a pretty solid game all-around. We certainly didn't do enough things to win. We didn't make enough plays."

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Rookie running back Saquon Barkley rushed for 106 yards on 18 carries and recorded the first touchdown of his career.

"He performed well in a steady way throughout the game," Shurmur said of Barkley.

Francesa asked if Shurmur had considered using Odell Beckham in return duty.

"That could have been a possibility," Shurmur said. "He practices back there. We'll just have to see moving forward. (I'm) not against it."

Shurmur confirmed that linebacker Olivier Vernon will return to practice on Wednesday. A high ankle sprain ruled him out of the regular season opener.

"He'll be out there this week," Shurmur said of Vernon. "He's getting closer. He's a fast healer from what I'm told. So, he's going to be at practice tomorrow and throughout. We'll just see how much he can do as we get ready to play."

Francesa asked what the Giants must improve ahead of Week 2 against the Dallas Cowboys.

"I think we've got to be consistently better early in the game," Shurmur said. "If we're faced with a situation at the end of the game, we try to win it. I think that's what we're looking to do. You try to win every game. You try to do all the things necessary to win every game. Each guy that played, each coach that coached -- there's some things that need to get cleaned up. That's what we work on this week getting ready for Dallas."

Listen to Mike's full interview with Shurmur below: