Former coach Tom Coughlin said he’s ready to help frustrated New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. if given the chance.
OBJ ‘not having fun anymore’ playing football
Odell Beckham Jr. is frustrated with the increased amount of attention on his behavior during games and said he is “not having fun anymore” playing football.
Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr. come up small in prime-time game
Quarterback Eli Manning and receiver Odell Beckham struggled mightily on Monday in Minnesota, as the Giants fell into last place in the NFC East.
OBJ: I have to understand I’m a targeted player
Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said Monday night that he must understand he is one of the NFL’s most targeted players and accept blame even in incidents in which others are involved.
Beckham told ESPN on Tuesday that he’s frustrated with the increased amount of attention on his behavior during games and said he is “not having fun anymore” playing football.
“For his own good (he needs to learn to channel his passion),” Coughlin, who coached the Giants from 2004-2015, told the CBS Sports Network on Tuesday. “And I would love to try to help him in this regard because I think so highly of him. … He is a distraction. If you watch a game, the camera is on him the whole time.”
Beckham became a huge star while playing for Coughlin the last two seasons, catching 187 passes for 2,755 yards and 25 touchdowns while twice making the Pro Bowl after being selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2014 draft.
However, Beckham has fallen on hard times this season and had a career-worst 23 receiving yards on just three catches against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday. He also was flagged for a taunting penalty and repeatedly clashed with Minnesota’s Xavier Rhodes just one week after his latest confrontation with outspoken cornerback Josh Norman, now with the Washington Redskins.
“Football is my sanctuary,” Beckham told ESPN. “It’s where I go to escape. It’s where I’m most happy. I’m not having fun anymore.”
That’s where Coughlin, who remains under contract with the Giants through this season, says he can help.
“He really believes that he is at his best at the top of his passion,” Coughlin said. “He is so talented. I don’t think there’s anything the kid can’t do. He is a good kid. He is a team guy in the team room. It’s just when he gets on the field, there’s only one way he knows how to play.”
The Giants have targeted Beckham in the first quarter just eight times over their first four games, according to ESPN Stats Information. When asked about potentially getting more involved in making offensive adjustments on the sideline, Beckham expressed more frustration.
“What I’m communicating, we’re not doing,” he told ESPN. “I’m not getting the opportunities to contribute, and that’s frustrating to me.”