Odell Beckham, Jr. was unstoppable on the field on Sunday. Off the field, he was a little out of control.
And don't think Giants head coach Ben McAdoo didn't notice. In fact, he admitted that his star receiver needs to rein in his sideline antics, one day after Beckham had another emotional outburst during the Giants' 29-27 loss to the Redskins. Late in the game, cameras caught a furious Beckham slamming his helmet into the kicking net, which fell over and hit him square in the face.
Quarterback Eli Manning, who later said he couldn't figure out why Beckham was so angry, tried to calm down the receiver. Several coaches talked to him too.
"He needs to control his emotions better and become less of a distraction to himself and to his teammates," McAdoo said on Monday. "It's our job to help him with that process and maturing."
And how, exactly, is that accomplished?
"It takes a village," McAdoo said.
Beckham was actually very much in control on the field during the game on Sunday, which wasn't a guarantee considering he was shadowed all game by his chief antagonist, Josh Norman. Beckham had seven catches for 121 yards, with most of that damage coming directly against Norman, and his only penalty was for setting an illegal pick.
But as the game unraveled, he unraveled on the sidelines too.
McAdoo said he has dealt with players who've had similar issues before, and there's really only one way to teach them.
"The same way: Communication," he said. "Having a variety of different people, coaches, staff members to communicate with. Just help him direct his focus.
Here's the rest of what McAdoo said during his conference call with reporters on Monday afternoon:
- McAdoo said there was "no excuse" for the 11 penalties for 128 yards and five personal fouls on Sunday (not to mention three more penalties that weren't accepted). "Our discipline and poise wasn't there like it was in the first two weeks," McAdoo said. "It's something that we addressed in the locker room after. We have to continue to address it and work on it. Get back to the team that we were the first two weeks of the season as far as the penalties go." He also added "When we're not disciplined and poised, that's a reflection on me. I need to make sure that doesn't happen."
- McAdoo offered no updates on the injuries to CBs Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin) and Eli Apple (hamstring). "We're going to give them a chance to get healthy," he said. "We aren't going to rule anyone out right now."
- S Darian Thompson was examined by a foot specialist, Dr. Robert Anderson, in North Carolina on Monday morning, and McAdoo confirmed what SNY reported earlier: That his foot sprain will not require surgery. McAdoo didn't give a timetable on his return, but a source told SNY he would likely be out another week or two. He'll remain in a walking boot and will be reevaluated at some point.
- McAdoo would not say whether RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) was on track to play next Monday night in Minnesota. "It's one day following the game," he said. "He has a long week to make some progress. We'll take a look at that at the end of the week." With RB Shane Vereen out and Jennings iffy, McAdoo said rookie RB Paul Perkins "is ready to step up."
- McAdoo on why he called 21 consecutive pass plays at the end of the game: "We felt that we had an opportunity to take advantage of our matchups on the perimeter. We were moving the ball in the pass game. There were some runs that we may have had to get out of due to the box and to the looks. We were being aggressive trying to win the football game."
- McAdoo on how RT Bobby Hart played, filling in for the injured Marshall Newhouse (calf): "Bobby Hart was out there. He battled and competed. It definitely wasn't too big for him. He has a couple things he needs to clean up. That sack, maybe a hit there. He came out and competed. He went against some good players out there and he held his own."
- McAdoo on how his team handled its first regular season loss: "No one in the locker room was pleased afterwards. We knew that we were our own worst enemy yesterday."