EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Odell Beckham Jr. doesn’t plan to make any major changes following his sideline outburst in Sunday’s loss to the Washington Redskins, even after Giants coach Ben McAdoo said publicly that the receiver needed to control his emotions better in order to become less of a distraction.
“Nah, I’m not really … I’m in a great place right now,” Beckham said Thursday ahead of the Giants’ visit to Minnesota on Monday night. “Mentally, physically, spiritually there is not really much that bothers me at all, to be honest. So I’m going to go out and play football the only way I’ve ever know how to play, try my best to be the best teammate you possibly can.
McAdoo thought the situation could have been handled better.
“He needs to control his emotions better and become less of a distraction to himself and to his teammates,” the first-year coach said Monday. “It’s our job to help him with that process and maturing.”
But Beckham appears intent on being true to himself. That means playing with the same emotion that he believes helps make him great.
This is the same message that veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie shared with the Pro Bowl receiver when they talked Wednesday. But it also had an added twist.
“I told him to continue to be you. Never lose that fire,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “But on the sideline there are a bunch of guys and they’re already down and, if a guy looks at you the way we look at you as a leader, keep it in control until we get to the locker room. Throw your helmet all across the locker room so nobody can see. That’s fine. In an atmosphere like [the sideline during a game], keep your cool.”