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Giants’ Mike Sullivan calls opposing players “not man enough” to take on Odell

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 18:  Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants reacts against teh New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium on September 18, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Getty Images

As opposing defensive players increasingly try to get under the skin of Giants receiver Odell Beckham, Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan has had enough.

Sullivan said today that if a player has to try to get into Beckham’s head, that says more about the other players than it says about Beckham.

“The only reason a guy tries to get him off his game is because they’re not confident enough in their abilities,” Sullivan said. “They’re afraid to match-up against him 1-on-1, mano y mano. If that’s going to be the approach, you can put that when you’re ranking and say, ‘Obviously the guy is not courageous enough or brave enough or not man enough to go ahead and play it straight up.’ If they need those types of tricks, then so be it. We’re going to rise above that.”

Sullivan may be trying to get into the heads of opposing defensive players, hoping that they’ll stop baiting Beckham. But the only thing that’s going to stop opposing players from baiting Beckham is for Beckham to show it doesn’t work. As long as Beckham can be talked into getting 15-yard penalties, opposing players are going to keep talking to him. Whether Sullivan likes it or not.

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  1. sidepull says: Oct 6, 2016 3:50 PM

    They try to get him off his game because he is easy.

    If it didnt work nobody would bother.

  2. nathanp2013 says: Oct 6, 2016 3:51 PM

    Xavier Rhodes isn’t a talker… he is a baller that shut down ODB without mind games.

  3. nathanp2013 says: Oct 6, 2016 3:51 PM

    But isn’t there a mental aspect to the game?

  4. rosstuckershair says: Oct 6, 2016 3:53 PM

    “The only reason a guy tries to get him off his game is because they’re not confident enough in their abilities,” Sullivan said.

    Tell that to Xavier Rhodes

  5. nytroutdog says: Oct 6, 2016 3:53 PM

    Seriously? They do it because they know how immature he is and how simply it is to tweak him (reminds me of a certain ‘politician’ in the news these days).

    He’s clearly immature and they are taking advantage of it.

  6. elvoid says: Oct 6, 2016 3:54 PM

    “Sullivan said today that if a player has to try to get into Beckham’s head, that says more about the other players than it says about Beckham.”

    It sure does.

    Says they’re a helluva lot smarter than Beckham.

  7. bri55mn says: Oct 6, 2016 3:54 PM

    Well that’s one of the most ridiculous statements I’ve read in a long time. You go with that Mikey..

  8. tedbundysson says: Oct 6, 2016 3:54 PM

    Because the only players in the NFL talking smack are the ones covering Beckham. And only when they cover her. Said no one.

  9. aopps42 says: Oct 6, 2016 3:55 PM

    uhhh that is a terrible hot take. It’s all part of the game you big dummy. If Odell wasn’t so psychologically frail, their attempts to get in his head wouldn’t work and he’d be owning them. Unfortunately, he is a mentally soft and his career trajectory is taking a sharp nose dive.

  10. kcchefs58 says: Oct 6, 2016 3:55 PM

    This noise around OBJ within and without he Giants organization is somewhat amusing, but mostly annoying.

  11. refswin says: Oct 6, 2016 3:55 PM

    Mike Sullivan should learnhow2football. Mind games are part of the game.

  12. overthedwaynebowe says: Oct 6, 2016 3:56 PM

    Meanwhile, the Packer’s D is memorizing a list of “your momma” jokes for Odell

  13. RandyinRoxbury says: Oct 6, 2016 3:57 PM

    Getting in someone’s head has been going on in football forever, stop making excuses for the weak tempered Diva!

  14. allseeingone says: Oct 6, 2016 3:57 PM

    I’m a lifelong Giants fan who is totally embarrassed by this team. Stop talking big and start playing big or change the team name to Giant Babies.

  15. codiablo says: Oct 6, 2016 3:58 PM

    Shut down by minny dbacks, say what foolish mortal?

  16. metalman5150 says: Oct 6, 2016 3:59 PM

    well duh!

    maybe someone can say the same thing to OBJ:
    Hey, odell, opponents are going to try and get into your head: DONT LET THEM!

    DUHHHHHH

  17. carloswlassiter says: Oct 6, 2016 3:59 PM

    That must be it. Beckham’s too manly for them. The first indication of this was is pretty hairdo.

  18. feckyerlife says: Oct 6, 2016 3:59 PM

    LOL is this guy a comedian or what. What D player doesn’t talk trash all game? i mean really. is this his first year in the league? mike sullivan sounds like a giant joke of man.

  19. fanfrommontreal says: Oct 6, 2016 4:00 PM

    And maybe Beckham is not man enough to play well when trash-talked to, don’t you think? What does it say about his character?

  20. yepimgr8 says: Oct 6, 2016 4:01 PM

    Laughing out loud, this guy is lucky to have a job. If you watched the Vikings game, you would have noticed that the whole giants staff was out coached badly.

  21. iplay4keeps says: Oct 6, 2016 4:01 PM

    Wrong..OBJ is weak minded and getting into his head makes DB’s job easier.

  22. roadtrip3500 says: Oct 6, 2016 4:02 PM

    Mike Sullivan, who called some plays in preseason but had McAdoo take the play calling from him when the lights came on? That Sullivan?

  23. jackedupboonie says: Oct 6, 2016 4:03 PM

    How do you Minnesotans know what Xavier verbalizes on the field? I swear…..every position on the Vikings has the greatest player ever to put on a uniform right now. It’s quite comical

  24. mnvikes1961 says: Oct 6, 2016 4:03 PM

    Rhodes would have shut him down without getting under his skin. Is that all you’ve got? I guess Mike Sullivan needs some sort of an excuse.

    Sunday will be a quick confidence-booster for Beckham. He’ll light-up the Packers’ secondary with relative ease.

  25. zombiepatriot says: Oct 6, 2016 4:04 PM

    He speaks like someone who has never actually played sports before.

  26. tindeaux says: Oct 6, 2016 4:04 PM

    LOL! now blaming your opponents for losing your cool?

  27. greenwhodat26 says: Oct 6, 2016 4:05 PM

    So, it’s the opponents fault that he can’t hack it? The greatest athletes of all time have all been great at getting in their opponents heads. Do you think Muhammad Ali was insecure with his own talents so he had to get into his opponents head to win? What about Jordan? Deion Sanders? Were they overrated because they got into their opponents head? ODB needs to toughen up, plain and simple.

  28. mrbiggstuff says: Oct 6, 2016 4:05 PM

    This team is so weak-minded and thin-skinned.

  29. Harve Gulch Cowboy says: Oct 6, 2016 4:07 PM

    Nice try coach.

  30. edelmanfanclub says: Oct 6, 2016 4:09 PM

    If hes sensitive thats just an advantage for them, its not unfair. Hes going to taunt them if he gets a catch so why shouldnt they talk to him? Odell looked like a JV player against Rhodes.

  31. qbarrel says: Oct 6, 2016 4:11 PM

    Everyone in the Giants org seriously needs to stop talking about this – adding more fuel to this fire does nothing to help OBJ.

  32. jbdvks says: Oct 6, 2016 4:12 PM

    Random drug test coming for Sullivan

  33. MichaelEdits says: Oct 6, 2016 4:12 PM

    Maybe if Beckham would play the game like an adult, people on the other team wouldn’t be so motivated to get under his skin. I’m resisting the urge to talk trash about him and I’ve never even met the guy.

  34. favreisadouche says: Oct 6, 2016 4:13 PM

    That’s comical. Dude is a punk and cheap shot artist. He throws tantrums when things don’t go well but he is quick to soak up the overhyped accolades.

  35. favreisadouche says: Oct 6, 2016 4:13 PM

    Who’s Mike Sullivan?

  36. cartrasuma says: Oct 6, 2016 4:16 PM

    “All warfare is based on deception.” – Sun Tzu

  37. vancouversportsbro says: Oct 6, 2016 4:16 PM

    Dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. What’s next, his mom gets involved?

  38. zoneread510 says: Oct 6, 2016 4:16 PM

    There are rules against DBs “manning up” and going “Mano y Mano.” They get defensive holding, illegal contact, or pass interference. I’ve heard countless times over the years that football is as much a mental game as it is a physical game.

  39. sportoficionado says: Oct 6, 2016 4:17 PM

    football 90% mental, 10% physical. this has been preached since the existence of the game. another lame, in a long line of lame excuses for O’Dell.

  40. richiethegreek says: Oct 6, 2016 4:20 PM

    HAHAHA 😂HE DIDN’T REALLY SAY THAT DID HE ?? HAHAHAHA

  41. smokehouse56 says: Oct 6, 2016 4:22 PM

    Hey coach. Did you see the last game? It’s working. You have a flawed WR. Now having said that. Would I want him on my team. Your damn right I would with this little caveat. Grow up.

  42. firecracker87 says: Oct 6, 2016 4:23 PM

    Not man enough because you have to be a child to get on a child’s level. Men don’t stoop to child levels.

  43. ryanlatterell says: Oct 6, 2016 4:25 PM

    I would really like this comment if OBJ were a full on man

  44. beerbudsnbevo says: Oct 6, 2016 4:25 PM

    Here is what the big picture is….

    The Giants are imploding.

  45. stellarperformance says: Oct 6, 2016 4:25 PM

    This guy pretty much just told the world how easy it is to throw Beckham off his game.

    Sort of like taking a pacifier from the fastest most agile baby in the room….stops him dead in his tracks.

  46. kevpft says: Oct 6, 2016 4:25 PM

    Bad look for a coach to be using rhetoric like this. Very whiny.

    And it may backfire on him. “So what you’re telling us, then, is that your offense is being shut down by a bunch of un-manly players?”

  47. mysterytonite says: Oct 6, 2016 4:25 PM

    That’s like someone saying the only way you can beat me in a fight is if you kick me in the balls. News flash, no such thing as a fair fight. The enemy has spotted your weakness and fit them to not exploit it is simply stupid. Tell your boy to man up and not be such a Streisand or where a cup!

  48. tonebones says: Oct 6, 2016 4:29 PM

    Sounds like they’re getting in Sullivan’s head too.

  49. conciselogic says: Oct 6, 2016 4:29 PM

    Kid is soft. He is dropping passes he never would have in the past.
    He will not live up to the hype that was created by a couple great catches and everyone is enjoying it.

    His new legacy is getting a return punch from a kicking net and then crying.

  50. lindacaseauthor says: Oct 6, 2016 4:31 PM

    And now I heard the refs are even going to be on the lookout for players bullying the widdle boy. What a crock! The kiddo either needs to grow a pair or find another occupation.

  51. fwippel says: Oct 6, 2016 4:32 PM

    Lame. While I get that the coach is trying to stick up for his player, Beckham didn’t get shut down Monday night because Xavier Rhodes was talking to him and getting under his skin. He got shut down because Rhodes and the rest of the Viking DBs did their homework beforehand and then took that to the field of play.

    In short, this is Beckham’s problem, and calling out defenders for throwing him off his game isn’t going to solve it.

  52. metalup666 says: Oct 6, 2016 4:32 PM

    Dion Sanders used to trash talk and get into his opponents heads. I think he was pretty qualified to take Odell or any WR on “mano y mano!”.

  53. steelpenguin6687 says: Oct 6, 2016 4:33 PM

    Is he serious? They should just keep their mouths closed, and hope it goes away…why draw attention to the fact OB can’t handle a little trash talk?

  54. CallingYouOut says: Oct 6, 2016 4:33 PM

    OBJ and Rhodes both showed their characters on Monday:

    OBJ pouted like my 3 year old through the 2nd half of the game. I wonder whether he took himself out of the game as much as Rhodes took him out.

    Having said that, Rhodes played outstanding on the national stage. During the interview with the ESPN crew on the field after the game, he was down to earth, humorous, and seemed to enjoy the moment as much as he enjoyed the win. I sat there imagining how Josh Norman or Richard Sherman would have handled that moment and was left thinking that Xavier Rhodes is my new favorite cornerback.

  55. olefballcoach says: Oct 6, 2016 4:33 PM

    Who is this Sullivan guy anyway?

  56. stoneydog1000 says: Oct 6, 2016 4:33 PM

    He is still great. He just needs to eat a Snickers.

  57. justintuckrule says: Oct 6, 2016 4:35 PM

    I’m a Giant fan and Odell lover for days but man is that some embarrassing crap right there. When did we turn into the Browns?

  58. bigjd says: Oct 6, 2016 4:38 PM

    Maybe the offensive coordinator needs to do a better job coaching his player so others can’t get into his head. Nothing like trying to blame someone else.

  59. bigblue431 says: Oct 6, 2016 4:39 PM

    nathanp2013 says:
    Oct 6, 2016 3:51 PM

    Xavier Rhodes isn’t a talker… he is a baller that shut down ODB without mind games.
    ————————–

    Well, that and consistent support from a safety over the top or one sliding over for double coverage every play and a Vikings defense that gave Eli less than 3 seconds to throw.

    Rhodes is a great corner, but he was never really man-on-man, and not even on Odell the whole game.

  60. thisistheonlygame says: Oct 6, 2016 4:40 PM

    I think Mike’s statement was for OBJ’s benefit not anyone elses. If the coach can get him to believe that the only DBs baiting him are the ones that think they can not compete; that will boost his confidence; which will cause him to smile and actually like the baiting.

    A little mind game the coach is playing with OBJ.

  61. bigblue431 says: Oct 6, 2016 4:41 PM

    I wish the Giants would just shut up about it – just making it worse.

    Deal with Odell, help him grow, but STOP feeding the fenzy. Like throwing blood in the water.

  62. churchofthehoody says: Oct 6, 2016 4:42 PM

    Giants are only making this worse by talking about it.

    Some things should be handled in-house…

  63. blynch67 says: Oct 6, 2016 4:43 PM

    This is not going away anytime soon. Better get used to it, Adele.

  64. sconnyslovethemsomecousins says: Oct 6, 2016 4:43 PM

    Interesting he uses the phrase “not man enough” when referring to OBJ’s competition, when OBJ himself is acting worse than a 10 year old girl in meltdown mode because she didn’t get her favorite My Little Pony for Christmas.

  65. tangysizzl says: Oct 6, 2016 4:44 PM

    Viking fans act like Rhodes covered OBJ all by himself all night, but I saw plenty of times where they had double coverage on him throughout that game. But whatever, it worked so it doesnt really matter.

  66. bert1913 says: Oct 6, 2016 4:46 PM

    the giants might be one of the most dysfunctional teams in the nfl

  67. gtrav says: Oct 6, 2016 4:48 PM

    Mentally weak…emotionally immature

  68. Chris says: Oct 6, 2016 4:49 PM

    Odell? This is the guy that likes to be tickled, right?

  69. seals1 says: Oct 6, 2016 4:49 PM

    It’s always somebody else’s fault. Go play soccer Odell.

    Sullivan, Why can’t you figure out ways to get him the ball?

    This clown is blaming other teams for calling a better D than he can handle. Wouldn’t it be easier if they just let Odell run wild? Clown Show. Embarrassing for Giants fans.

    Wentz owns the Giants for the next 12 years.

  70. cobrala2 says: Oct 6, 2016 4:50 PM

    My, how hard these Giants have fallen.

  71. censoredagain says: Oct 6, 2016 4:50 PM

    “Try” to get him off his game?!

    I’m a lifelong Giants fan, and I love what the kid brings to the table as far as talent goes, but his skin is about a thick as a piece of gauze. He lets himself get baited over and over again, and every DB in the NFL knows it

  72. donatocha33 says: Oct 6, 2016 4:50 PM

    LMAO!

  73. purplekoolaid1 says: Oct 6, 2016 4:52 PM

    And this is one of many reasons why NFL ratings are falling. All of this reality show type drama is ridiculous. We know more about these players drama off the field, contracts, personal life, etc than ever before. What happened to the days of just rooting for the players on the field and watching the games?

    Man, I miss those days.

  74. gixrider says: Oct 6, 2016 4:54 PM

    Weakest attempt at reverse psychology I’ve read in a loooong time. lol

  75. bspurloc says: Oct 6, 2016 4:54 PM

    .

    so the whole team openly calls him out on being a baby, now its the opposing dudes?

    This is like saying a robber is not man enough because he opened an unlocked door and shoulda tried to find a locked one instead.

  76. mjs1124 says: Oct 6, 2016 4:55 PM

    So lets see, Beckham has had no problems with the majority of teams he has played against. He had a problem with Jeff Fishers Rams, no surprise there. He had a problem with Rex Ryans Bills, no surprise there. He had a problem with the fruit loop Josh Norman, big no surprise there. He had a little issue with Rhodes because he hit him out of bounds twice. What a shock, considering there have been reports of defensive coaches telling their DBs to hit Beckham a little late out of bounds or after a tackle to get him riled up. He’s had no problems with guys like Revis or Sherman, because they played him without smacking him in the head like they showed Rhodes doing in ESPNs little montage coming back from halftime. But the worst part of this is that they keep acting like Beckham climbed to the roof of the stadium with a rifle when all he did was yell for a penalty to be called. Its gotten way out of hand.

  77. bigbluefandom says: Oct 6, 2016 4:57 PM

    Everyone at Giants – Shut up. Just play. Go game plan that works!

  78. gammynomnom says: Oct 6, 2016 5:09 PM

    well, Odells life just got 10 times harder. lol

  79. Angry Orange Man says: Oct 6, 2016 5:20 PM

    nathanp2013 says:
    Oct 6, 2016 3:51 PM
    Xavier Rhodes isn’t a talker… he is a baller that shut down ODB without mind games.
    =========================================

    I totally agree as a Giants fan. Xavier Rhodes was both the first guy to shut Beckham down and the first guy to not act like a jerk while doing so. I think HE even tried to calm Beckham down at one point in the game. Respect to Rhodes.

  80. mongo3401 says: Oct 6, 2016 5:31 PM

    Honestly, this is epic funny stuff coming out of Giants camp. How the mighty have fallen.

  81. Blackpool says: Oct 6, 2016 5:31 PM

    Enough already.

  82. ttoptom says: Oct 6, 2016 5:49 PM

    I don’t know why any DB would want to go “hand-and-hand” with any WR.

    Maybe his offense sucks because he’s trying to use too much bad Spanish with his players. He should think more about coaching his player not to get into fights.

  83. vikes8480 says: Oct 6, 2016 5:59 PM

    jackedupboonie says:
    Oct 6, 2016 4:03 PM

    How do you Minnesotans know what Xavier verbalizes on the field? I swear…..every position on the Vikings has the greatest player ever to put on a uniform right now. It’s quite comical

    —————————————-
    You must not have watched many Vikings games. Rhodes held Calvin Johnson (multiple times) and Julio Jones (twice) in check.

  84. vikes8480 says: Oct 6, 2016 6:00 PM

    I can’t wait to watch OBJ light up Green Bay this weekend. Go Giants!!

  85. bordner says: Oct 6, 2016 6:07 PM

    jackedupboonie says:
    Oct 6, 2016 4:03 PM

    How do you Minnesotans know what Xavier verbalizes on the field? I swear…..every position on the Vikings has the greatest player ever to put on a uniform right now. It’s quite comical
    —————————
    Don’t forget Zimm. viking fans already have him as a lock for Coach of the Year, and the heir apparent to Lombardi and Belichick as the greatest coach of all time. I’m sure most of them have already asked off for the day of the Super Bowl parade, too.

  86. seabreezes51 says: Oct 6, 2016 6:16 PM

    Turns out, your head is a part of your game.

  87. youdrivemenutseagles says: Oct 6, 2016 6:27 PM

    You want to take away all the rules that favor the receiver, and go 1 on 1? Any db would take that challenge.
    But until that day comes, db’s will push wrs buttons all day.

  88. vikingsdefineaverage says: Oct 6, 2016 6:37 PM

    I would put a lot of money down that OBJ goes over 150 yards this Sunday night for 2 TDS

  89. djvh2 says: Oct 6, 2016 6:45 PM

    The refs always let the Vikings get away with stuff

  90. winninaintsinnin says: Oct 6, 2016 6:48 PM

    This is why the Giants suck

  91. burfictisabeast says: Oct 6, 2016 7:50 PM

    Trust me, sometimes it works and when it does it sucks.

  92. sammievee says: Oct 6, 2016 7:53 PM

    Finally someone from the Giants’ organization hints at having OBJ’s back!!!

  93. shonelikethesun says: Oct 6, 2016 8:35 PM

    Xavier Rhodes isn’t man enough. Sure.

  94. icebowler says: Oct 6, 2016 10:21 PM

    Come Sunday night, I’m actually more worried about Cruz finally shaking off the rust, or the rookie Sheppard having his first break-out game, than I am about this head-case overcoming his demons.

  95. foolsgoldstandard says: Oct 7, 2016 1:40 AM

    Is this guy stupid? Players have been trash talking and trying to get into the heads of their opponents for decades. Hell, it’s a part of pretty much any competitive sport.

    Let’s just be honest here. Beckham is just too stupid to be able to play the psychological warfare portion of this game. You don’t think DBs trash talked the all-tume great WRs? Of course they did. The difference is those guys were smart enough to overcome it and still be great.

    Enough with the excuses. Beckham’s problems begin and end with him alone.

  96. teal379 says: Oct 7, 2016 7:59 AM

    “The only reason a guy tries to get him off his game is because they’re not confident enough in their abilities,” Sullivan said.

    The only reason a guy gets off his game because of trash talk is because they’re not confident enough in their abilities.

  97. jag1959 says: Oct 7, 2016 10:08 AM

    Talk is cheap, strap up and ball

  98. 13worldchampioinships says: Oct 7, 2016 10:10 AM

    Teams or fan bases also aren’t “man” enough to allow kickers to get a field goal without distractions.

    True evaluation of talented kickers should involve the stadium to be quiet, no defensive rush, and no discussion to try to get in the kickers head in an attempt to make them miss.

    That way, we can get a true evaluation of kickers true talents.

  99. gfan8611 says: Oct 7, 2016 2:29 PM

    Sullivan did him no favors by coming out with this nonsense. Of course they are going to try and get into his head. It’s been exposed as viable counter to this guy’s play. Doesn’t matter if they can cover him if he’s going to negate his good plays or the good plays of his team mates by losing his cool now does it Sullivan. FFS if Sullivan were a DC or even if he was still on another team he’d be telling his guys to try and bait him and he knows he would be. And he wouldn’t be telling his guys it wasn’t ‘manly’ to resort to such tactics. You want to help this guy Sullivan? During the next temper tantrum slap him as hard as you can across the face.

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