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Ben McAdoo: I want Beckham to have a salty, physical mindset

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 3: Bobby Hart #68 of the New York Giants and teammate Odell Beckham #13 talk while walking off the field after the first half of the game against the Minnesota Vikings on October 3, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Getty Images

The behavior of wide receiver Odell Beckham has been a steady topic of conversation around the Giants over the last two weeks with the general message from the team being that they want to see Beckham do a better job of keeping his cool.

One of the reasons coach Ben McAdoo cited for that on Wednesday was the possibility that Giants opponents would try to bait Beckham into blowing his top “like it’s hockey.” While that’s a concern for McAdoo, he also seems to be aware of Beckham’s complaint that he’s not having any fun these days and that turning down the emotions all the way would make for a different player than the one the Giants were celebrating a few weeks ago.

“I think he has great passion for the game and a great desire to be one heck of a player,” McAdoo said, via the New York Post. “One thing I’d hate to see him lose is that drive and that passion. I like him as a salty, competitive player. That’s when he plays at his best. We just need to be productive when we’re doing it. You have to stay within the rules. I want him to play with a salty, physical, attacking mindset.”

For all the other noise about Beckham’s behavior, the need to be productive may be the most significant. Beckham wasn’t a quiet little mouse his first two seasons with the team, but he was putting up huge numbers that overshadowed some of the things that are bothering the Giants now. Based on that, it seems unlikely that these conversations would be taking place if Beckham had a few touchdowns this season or that they’ll continue if he draws a penalty while scoring twice this weekend.

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52 Responses to “Ben McAdoo: I want Beckham to have a salty, physical mindset”
  1. skoobyfl says: Oct 6, 2016 7:06 AM

    Does ODB want to have some real fun, try making out in the real world when your health insurance & car payment are both due the same day.

  2. sikoix says: Oct 6, 2016 7:11 AM

    Don’t fret too much Giants fans. OBJ is suffering from the Vikings Effect. People were still saying OBJ made Josh Norman two weeks ago.. ask Newton, Rodgers, and Mariota what happens the next week.

  3. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Oct 6, 2016 7:16 AM

    So do I Ben. But he needs to not be a distraction which makes it all about him.
    We don’t want a Dez or Norman, we want a team player.

  4. twcham67 says: Oct 6, 2016 7:24 AM

    obviously you have over salted the young man mac a doodle doo……throw it out. haha

  5. dansardo says: Oct 6, 2016 7:32 AM

    This article hits the head exactly what the problem with the way beckham is acting. Quite frankly, if he was producing at the same level as the last couple of years no one one the Giants or their fans should care what anyone thought about him. But he isn’t. His emotional problems are hurting the team far more than an occasional great play is helping them. Like Dez for the Cowboys it has gotten to the point where he is turning into a cancer for the team and no amount of talent justifies that. The Cowboys look like they have been a better team without Dez and I think that is becoming true for the giant with regards to Beckham

  6. n0hopeleft says: Oct 6, 2016 7:38 AM

    This just in: Beckham can’t put up huge numbers when you don’t scheme your offense to get him the ball. Giants facing the Vikings defense and what does McAdoo do? Tried to establish the run with Orleans Darkwa on first and second down throughout the entire first half. This guy is supposed to be the offensive whisperer, and he’s equipped with 3 stud WRs.

    Beckham isn’t innocent, including some big drops, but he sure as hell isn’t all to blame either.

  7. ballistictrajectory says: Oct 6, 2016 7:43 AM

    One word solution: mature.

  8. pft77 says: Oct 6, 2016 7:44 AM

    I find it ironic how you only mention only these actions regarding Beckham, yet fail to mention his actions after the National Anthem where he shook every soldiers hand like a true American.

  9. officialgame says: Oct 6, 2016 8:04 AM

    And I want to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

  10. ChickenTurkeySaurus says: Oct 6, 2016 8:07 AM

    Well, that makes sense because that’s exactly the mindset Michael Irvin had. The legend goes that he always had a little baggie of salt on his nightstand, even when things got physical with the lovely ladies he would meet in hotel lobbies.

  11. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Oct 6, 2016 8:19 AM

    Seems reasonable?

  12. Indybear says: Oct 6, 2016 8:19 AM

    I’ve already tired of reading about this man-child.

  13. bocadiver1 says: Oct 6, 2016 8:24 AM

    Great talent… kinda small mind. And now, let the haters (who wish he was on their team) begin.

  14. youradarnfoo says: Oct 6, 2016 8:24 AM

    where I live and grew up is how these monster act, this is why we can’t get along with them. the average cat doesn’t grow up around the chaos and don’t understand them.. they think their unfairly treated, but they continue acting fools. have class and respect if you expect to be treated equal

  15. youradarnfoo says: Oct 6, 2016 8:49 AM

    I attended the game, and noticed early in the 3rd quarter. OBJ and Manning yelling at each other.. a few other players got in between and everything cooled down after. I happened to record the game to watch later and the network never caught it. The altercation was never shown or mentioned!!!??

  16. carloswlassiter says: Oct 6, 2016 9:09 AM

    Oh for cryin’ out loud, he couldn’t even out-physical the kicking net.

  17. bassplucker says: Oct 6, 2016 9:12 AM

    Until exactly the point he gets tossed from a critical game under the new two-strikes unsportsmanlike conduct rule.

  18. georgeremus says: Oct 6, 2016 9:13 AM

    Diva…Giants are 12-19 with him starting. Where is this superstars impact on the won-loss record? Self serving diva wide receivers looking out for their own stats have destroyed many NFL teams. Over the years the NFL has been littered with teams with losing records that had diva wide receivers. If your building a super bowl contending team this is one of the last things you need.

  19. tinopuno says: Oct 6, 2016 9:24 AM

    McAdoo is in way over his head. I wonder how much longer it will be before a couple Giants players give him a Super Wedgie in the locker room.

  20. bigbluefandom says: Oct 6, 2016 9:29 AM

    McAdoo needs to HIS job. As of now, he is being TOTALLY out coached every week. He does not look qualified to be the head coach of NY Giants. Game plans are horrendous and his playing calling even WORSE! Rookie coach needs to shut up and earn his credibility. He has proven nothing! Stop worrying about Beckham and worry about creating a game plan that includes him and play calls more than draw plays up the middle and 5 yard passes on 3rd and 10. That stupid color coded sheet that he holds through out the game must have more plays. Shut up and coach the team.

  21. brendafortheboyz says: Oct 6, 2016 9:36 AM

    I hope Tom Coughlin is behind closed doors, chuckling to himself. This should have been handled in-house, not statements to the media by Eli and McAdoo…”No comment” is very easy…..

  22. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Oct 6, 2016 9:37 AM

    Iam tired of this mentality we had all act like robots we are not suppose to act like things really are this is absolutely refreshing but let’s everybody focus on him as the problem instead of the laminated play chart coach getting the blame these coachs that stare at charts ,, I don’t like

  23. deshackle says: Oct 6, 2016 9:39 AM

    No one player is bigger than the team, even if they’re the best player on the team.

    What a poor example to set for football players.

  24. scoops1 says: Oct 6, 2016 9:53 AM

    McAdoo = Ray Handley 2.0

    Odell = Shockey 2.0

  25. sidepull says: Oct 6, 2016 9:59 AM

    Already in his young career the diva Odella takes up yards of press, just the way the histrionic narcissist likes it.

  26. myspaceyourface says: Oct 6, 2016 10:02 AM

    OBJ wants to act like a chucklehead on Sunday and play the roll of the victim on Monday. I’m tired of these pampered athletes.

    In 1944 18-22 year olds were storming the beaches of Normandy to face certain death.

    In 2016 18-22 year olds are seeking safe spaces from harsh words.

    What have we become?

  27. citizenstrange says: Oct 6, 2016 10:02 AM

    Does McAdoo mean salty as in salty tears?

  28. roadtrip3500 says: Oct 6, 2016 10:14 AM

    n0hopeleft says:
    Oct 6, 2016 7:38 AM

    This just in: Beckham can’t put up huge numbers when you don’t scheme your offense to get him the ball. Giants facing the Vikings defense and what does McAdoo do? Tried to establish the run with Orleans Darkwa on first and second down throughout the entire first half. This guy is supposed to be the offensive whisperer, and he’s equipped with 3 stud WRs.

    Beckham isn’t innocent, including some big drops, but he sure as hell isn’t all to blame either.

    Vikings defense is getting a paycheck too. It was their scheme that forced the Giants into running and quick-release passing, because the Vikes defense didn’t allow time to let downfield routes develop.

    When the team in the other uniform is better, you can’t just take the field and say “Stop us” – they already know they can. Remember, the Giants are essentially playing the Green Bay offense, something the Vikings know very well. This isn’t Belichick & Crew who can somehow install custom offenses (and defenses) virtually every week based on the opponent. McAdoo and Spags do what they do… if the other team can figure it out, then the Giants are in for a long day.

  29. FlashPatterson says: Oct 6, 2016 10:18 AM

    That dude is incapable of being physical without being dirty.

  30. newmancave2016 says: Oct 6, 2016 10:18 AM

    sikoix says:
    Oct 6, 2016 7:11 AM
    Don’t fret too much Giants fans. OBJ is suffering from the Vikings Effect. People were still saying OBJ made Josh Norman two weeks ago.. ask Newton, Rodgers, and Mariota what happens the next week.
    ——————–

    Funny, because you’re going to feel the Fletcher Cox Effect™ soon.

  31. newmancave2016 says: Oct 6, 2016 10:19 AM

    elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    Oct 6, 2016 9:37 AM
    Iam tired of this mentality we had all act like robots we are not suppose to act like things really are this is absolutely refreshing but let’s everybody focus on him as the problem instead of the laminated play chart coach getting the blame these coachs that stare at charts ,, I don’t like
    ———————————–

    Um, wow. One doesn’t have to be a robot to be a decent person. He’s an arrogant, petulant child. His team isn’t very good and he cannot handle it. That’s all there is.

  32. theseekeroffun says: Oct 6, 2016 10:26 AM

    A bad hair day for both of them.

  33. jag1959 says: Oct 6, 2016 10:27 AM

    The difference between a disruptive malcontent and a diva is production. We all hate every WR diva but the one on our own team because we want that production. It’s the inherent hypocrisy in being a sports fan we love to hate the guy on another team that we would hate to love on our own.
    Winning/scoring forgives a multitude of sins.

  34. slickspielman says: Oct 6, 2016 10:28 AM

    Don’t be so hard on the kid, you can’t blame him for a having a bad game against Xavier Rhodes. Kelvin Benjamin and Julio Jones to name a few are all pro’s who have been humbled by Xavier. Expect a bounce back from OBJ this Sunday in fact, I see a career day with whoever Dom Capers put on him.

  35. carloswlassiter says: Oct 6, 2016 10:29 AM

    pft77 says:
    Oct 6, 2016 7:44 AM

    I find it ironic how you only mention only these actions regarding Beckham, yet fail to mention his actions after the National Anthem where he shook every soldiers hand like a true American.
    ————————————————————-
    Huh? We’re not talking about his patriotism, this is about his actions on the playing field and the affect it is having on his team.

    I’m sure he’s a great guy at the carwash too, but no one cares about that either.

  36. daddeeo says: Oct 6, 2016 10:31 AM

    YES – I WANTED you to personally give away the game which your teammates had fought so hard for.

    You MUST continue to show your brilliance.

    PLEASE do it again.

    Regards,

    Coach McAdoo

  37. justintuckrule says: Oct 6, 2016 10:42 AM

    Lets take it down a notch Vikings fans. You’re not the 86 Giants yet

  38. norseyapper says: Oct 6, 2016 10:43 AM

    O & D linemen playing P-Oed is great.
    Linebackers and RBs P-Oed is great as long as they keep their mind focused.
    D backs and receivers playing P-Oed is asking for trouble and penalties.

    If your QB is playing P-Oed he’d better be named Favre, and even then get ready for a couple of interceptions.

  39. slickspielman says: Oct 6, 2016 10:51 AM

    @newmancave2016

    He said Fletcher Cox 😂😂😂

  40. codythao35 says: Oct 6, 2016 11:05 AM

    He’s going for 200 yds to kick the Packers their behind this week.

  41. granadafan says: Oct 6, 2016 11:16 AM

    Diva wide receivers such Ocho, TO, Odell, Keyshawn, etc seem to forget that m them. Someone has to throw the ball to them with accuracy. Someone has to block to give the QB time to make the throws. Running backs have to pick up blitzers. Wide receivers just run patterns and act as if they hiked, threw, and caught the ball all by themselves.

  42. newjerseygiants says: Oct 6, 2016 11:17 AM

    A healthy dose of Xanax about 30 minutes prior to kickoff should do the trick.

  43. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Oct 6, 2016 11:21 AM

    Ben McAdoo is the oldest 39-year-old in the world. From his haircut to his wardrobe to the fact that he still says “salty”, the dude reminds me of my grandfather. And I’m 50

  44. mogogo1 says: Oct 6, 2016 11:24 AM

    Beckham deserves some blame but bigger picture is that offense is a mess. They’re not using Beckham or their other receivers to their full potential when that should be the strength of the offense.

  45. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 6, 2016 11:38 AM

    Vikings defense SMH. These fans act like that defense is all that. The Giants were the prime team to expose it and McAdoo doesn’t even TRY to dictate anything to them. Just let the opposition dictate to his offense every week. Tired of it. Tired of the (mega fail) psychoanalysis of Beckham over nothing. Literally nothing. Tired of McAdoo and Eli’s public comments, when they, along with Spagnuolo are the biggest issues with the Giants right now.

  46. GeauxSaints57 says: Oct 6, 2016 12:20 PM

    citizen strange says:

    Oct 6, 2016 10:02 AM
    Does McAdoo mean salty as in salty tears?

    ————————-

    Old fart Sailor here. I’m thinking no.

    Being “salty,” at least in my generation, essentially meant that you were an experienced leader who had spent a lot of time at sea. It also implied toughness. It was pretty much the highest compliment you could give another Sailor.

    Except for the “at sea” part, I think that’s what McAdoo was going for.

    “Salty,” as in crying, is a modern perversion of the word.

    Thanks for letting me get that off of my chest.

  47. brettsmyboi says: Oct 6, 2016 1:17 PM

    Funny they mention like hockey, in hockey when the refs put there whistles away and aren’t properly calling a game usually the players step in and start to enforce a little bit. Beckham since last years game against Josh Norman hasn’t been getting the benefit of the refs, everyone seems to forget like Michael Irvin said about the WWE stuff Norman was getting away with in the first half last year, Beckham wasn’t getting any calls and so he stood up for himself. This years game against Norman he picks Beckham up and drops him in front of the ref, still no call, Monday against the Vikes, Rhodes gets away with back to back late hits but again Beckham is flagged for standing up for himself because the refs refusal to properly do there jobs. I agree Beckham needs to stop putting himself in these situations but where are his teammates when he’s gettimg hit out of bounds to stand up for the best player on the team?

  48. Ugadogs21 says: Oct 6, 2016 1:48 PM

    How about keeping it simple.

    1. Stay in shape
    2. Know the passing 0tree
    3. Know the playbook
    4. Catch the ball
    5. Block and don’t loaf on running plays
    6. Be a good team mate
    7. Be a good citizen
    8. Repeat 1-7

  49. totallydisgusted says: Oct 6, 2016 1:55 PM

    Beckham is too sweet to be salty. He won’t shake his reputation until he matures

  50. truninerfan49 says: Oct 6, 2016 2:03 PM

    McAdoo is a coordinator. He has no business being a head coach.

  51. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 6, 2016 2:54 PM

    This is why I don’t want to hear about Beckham anymore. Everyone just takes up the media narrative and runs with it; ignoring what’s actually happening to the contrary of the narrative.

    They came into the WSH/NYG game talking “zero tolerance” and let these guys take liberties with Beckham all game without as much as a warning, but handing out unsportsmanlike penalties on Giants players for nothing.

    Every week defensive backs hit Beckham late, initiate all this nonsense out of bounds and after the whistle, the officials stand there and watch, then if Beckham gets fed up and retaliates in the least (and that flag Monday was for calling Rhodes… who is one of my guys from FSU… out of his name, along with screaming “late hit”), not for any other reason; for those who actually care about facts; and then HE gets the flag.

    Nothing on the defensive backs.

    Same thing every week and he’s just supposed to take it when receivers on other teams are getting flags to their benefit for far less.

  52. gfan8611 says: Oct 7, 2016 3:01 PM

    If he was just mature enough to take it as well as he gives it there wouldn’t be a problem at all. He isn’t. That’s the entire problem. He loves to get physical and trash talk at DB, but when the DB get physical and trash talk back he loses his cool.

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