Color Ben McAdoo as not terribly amused by Odell Beckham Jr. being himself on the sidelines, this even after the New York Giants emerged victorious from Week 6 and their star wide receiver was nothing short of stellar.
Beckham’s eight catches for 222 yards and two touchdowns was only matched by his persona on the sidelines, which included a mock (we think) proposal to the kicking net and then taking off his helmet following his go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. That moment earned a penalty, something that McAdoo is none too happy on Victory Monday.
“He came up to me right after. We had a discussion about it,” McAdoo said of the moment. “Can’t have it. He knows that. He went out and wanted to fire up the kickoff coverage and the defense. He knows we can’t have it.”
It is gloom and doom McAdoo of course, the dour head coach of the Giants reacting to his star player’s moment of pure joy. But who can blame the All-Pro wide receiver if he finally felt some relief and elation on the field? It has been a difficult few weeks for Beckham, who has faced intense scrutiny over his emotional outbursts on the field and has struggled to live-up to his billing as a playmaker at wide receiver. From Week 3 until Sunday, it has arguably been the lowest point of Beckham’s three years in the NFL.
And in that moment in the fourth quarter on the play that snapped a Giants two-game losing streak, Beckham’s emotions – in a good, positive way – came out. A penalty was the result but McAdoo seems to want football to be played in sterile conditions devoid of emotion and feeling.
“We need to keep our focus on the ballgame,” McAdoo said of the aftermath following the moment where his team won the ballgame.
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He was then asked what he meant by this statement.
“We, as a team, need to focus on the ballgame,” McAdoo said.