Odell Beckham: Heart and energy part of Giants problem

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Giants head coach Pat Shurmur believes that criticism of the team’s lack of deep passes is a “false narrative,” but one of the players who would be on the receiving end of such passes might not agree with him.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham sat down for an interview with Josina Anderson of ESPN that will air in full on Sunday and an excerpt released on Friday features Beckham talking about the issues that have contributed to the team’s 1-3 start to the year. He mentions the lack of deep passes, but said that bigger issues need to get sorted out before the team can go on a run.

“So a lot of it has to do with the energy that we don’t have, that we don’t bring every single day,” Beckham said, via the New York Daily News. “And you know me. I’m a passionate, energetic person. I always have to have that. If I don’t, it’s gonna be a problem for me. And just playing with some heart. We just need to play with some heart. We’re only 1-3, you know. The year we went 11-5, we were 2-3. We ended up being 2-3 after five games. So you never know when you can go on a run. But it’s just a matter of when we gonna go on a run. How come we can’t throw the ball for more than 20 yards? How come we don’t attempt or try to throw the ball for more than 20 yards? Those are questions that we have to figure out, but for now I would say it’s our heart, it’s our energy. It’s what we bring when we line up before the game, all of that. It counts.”

There was a lot of talk about a quick turnaround from last year’s 3-13 record heading into this season, but the Giants haven’t been able to translate those words into action. Beckham’s energy and passion haven’t always been put to productive work during games, but we’ll see if his words spark anything in Carolina this Sunday.

55 responses to “Odell Beckham: Heart and energy part of Giants problem

  1. He’s right… there’s not a lot of passion on that team. Having thin-skinned Pat Shurmur as coach doesn’t help (Hi, Pat… I know you’re probably reading this because that’s what you admittedly do). Pat is a good coordinator but not the firey guy that team needs. That team was vanilla to begin with (starting with the QB) and their HC is also The King of Blandsville, and as mentioned earlier, thin skinned (Hi again, Pat.)

  2. This organization had a chance to press the reset button. They took a running back instead. Big mistake and everyone knew it.

  3. He has learned a lot. This passive aggressive attitude is much different that past O’dell. Whining is OK as long as you do it the right way. Long passes require good pass protection. Especially when your QB rolls up into a ball or fumbles everytime someone gets near him.I don’t watch NYG football but all you hear is how bad their OL is. Maybe he should ask the guy/gal who does his hair about football 101.

  4. He appears to have gone from a being a distraction on the team to being the mouthpiece for the team.

  5. “The problems we’re having are everything else except me. I clearly bring all the right qualities we need. Why is everyone else being such a problem?”

    That’s what this egomaniac sounds like.

    This is what I was saying when I was commenting against giving this guy a big new deal. He’s a “team has to come to me” player, not an “I’ll do whatever I have to do to make the team successful” player. He wonders why they aren’t throwing more than 20 yards downfield? Maybe the question is, why aren’t you making the team better as they do what they’re doing? If the team has to do things one specific way for you to be helpful, then you’re not helpful.

    That 11-5 season he mentions? It’s the *only* winning season they’ve had since he joined the team. Apart from that year, they haven’t won more than 6 games in a season. Seems like they should be doing better with such an iconic WR. Maybe he’s lacking something the true greats have.

  6. tedbundysson says:

    October 5, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    He has learned a lot. This passive aggressive attitude is much different that past O’dell. Whining is OK as long as you do it the right way. Long passes require good pass protection. Especially when your QB rolls up into a ball or fumbles everytime someone gets near him.I don’t watch NYG football but all you hear is how bad their OL is. Maybe he should ask the guy/gal who does his hair about football 101.
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    Guess you didn’t see his screaming tantrums last week. lol

  7. For the kind of money he is making I think the anticipation was that “heart and energy” would never be problems again. He’s the football equivalent to tennis’ Nick Kyrgios–all the skills and looks unstoppable in a highlight reel but so unstable he only is on his game for short periods of time.

  8. This guy is such a primma donna. An elite WR in his own right but that amount of money allocated to him is a bit too much with the personality he carries. Much rather a Hopkins or Julio Jones. Hes trending towards Owens/Brown/Ocho/Moss level of drama.

  9. He’s got a loooooong day ahead of him if he thinks Eli is going to have the time (and even the ability) to get any long pass plays to him. G-Men about to get stomped Sunday.

  10. mahimike says:
    October 5, 2018 at 12:46 pm
    The guys a diva but he wants to win. Poor guy is wasting his talent playing with Eli.

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    Eli has two Super Bowl rings and two Super Bowl MVP awards.

    Beckham has one winning season and no playoff wins.

    Who’s hurting whom?

  11. This guy is a diva. He answers the questions the media asks him. He brings everything he has to every outing, including practices. His teammates love him and adore him. He has fun playing football and he celebrates when he scores. And worst of all, he doesn’t like losing and isn’t afraid to call out his teammates. Yes, he is a diva.

  12. This team is just garbage, and it starts with Quarterback and offensive line, period. Hernandez is a nice addition, but they need a quarterback. No QB, no consistent winning. Sorry not sorry.

  13. Regardless of what people think about Odell, he’s definitely right here. Not sure that this is the correct forum to address these things, but for anyone who has watched the Giants so far this year (and the past couple of years, actually), they play with no heart. At least Odell brings it every single game.

  14. If that isnt an absolute indictment of the coaching staff….looks like Shurmurs on notice already. Teams always gonna side with talented player that puts butts in the seats

  15. Noticed that a bit from the Raiders. The whole season from before falling behind to the Browns, and then after, was two different teams. There was more energy and the playbook was opened up much more.

  16. With the offensive weapons they have the Giants should be scary. However l, no O-line…. no offense. By the time they build the O-line correctly Barkley will be done with his rookie contract and out the door… and Odell will be out the league on dancing with the stars.

    As a Cowboys fan, I’m well pleased with this situation. 🙂

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    sammievee says:
    October 5, 2018 at 1:08 pm
    a c+ team needs an A qb, This guy has been a c- qb for 95% of career and is judged by the other 5%.

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    Valid point, but the 5% is playoff and Super Bowl. Lots of quarterbacks can put up big numbers in the regular season, and choke in the playoffs. Peyton Manning was famous for it, Dalton, Elway, Jim Kelly, are just off the top of my head. Jake Plummer got railroaded from the game in his 20’s because Mike Shannahan said he’d never be able to lead a team to the Super Bowl, let alone win.

  18. There a difference between heart and energy , and being a cry baby 5 year old screaming for his toy back. Im not hearing it from this guy… Focus more on football and less on the touchdown dances

  19. The Giants are going to regret paying OBJ so much and not taking a QB in this year’s draft.

  20. straighcashhomey says:
    October 5, 2018 at 2:59 pm
    They are still a lot better than Dallas
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    2018: Cowboys-20 Giants-13

    Cowboys 2-2, Giants 1-3

    And just how is that, sport?

  21. OBJ, who comes across as a “me me me” guy, isn’t wrong. The NFC loves the Giants not moving on from Eli. They love the fact that Shurmer seems to think things are just fine running the offense that way. They love the fact the Giants burned their 1st rounder on a running back when they could have set themselves up for real success in a few years.

    Keep up the good work, G Men!

  22. Anyway you cut it..Eli is a 3rd tier QB(20-30 ranked)….He needs a great OL to perform well.

    The way the NFL is going, today’s QBs need some mobility.

    The days of great OL and immobile QBs maybe a thing of the past.

  23. When your OL can’t give your QB more than two seconds to set up and receivers to get open, you get what you’ve got….losses. Until then enjoy going through the motions!

  24. This is classic projection, Odell also should added they have little mental fortitude and it would have been a perfect description of himself.

    Million dollar talent, $.10 mind.

  25. I think Odell only comes off as a ME guy to people who’ve never played sports before. I don’t think anybody who’s ever been in a locker room thinks that of him.

  26. The Giants real problem is the egomaniac at wide receiver who likes to blame everyone but himself.
    Glad the Giants have him and not my team.

  27. kevpft says:
    October 5, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Eli has two Super Bowl rings and two Super Bowl MVP awards.
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    That’s true. And the last one was in 2011. Since then he’s been utterly mediocre. At what point do you stop looking back 8 years and try to focus on the here and now?

  28. JudgeMathis2018 says:
    October 5, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Anyway you cut it..Eli is a 3rd tier QB(20-30 ranked)….He needs a great OL to perform well.

    The way the NFL is going, today’s QBs need some mobility.

    The days of great OL and immobile QBs maybe a thing of the past.
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    Brady and 3 of the last 4 SBs would disagree. The problem is with Eli’s decision making and accuracy, not with his style of play.

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