Ben McAdoo: Odell Beckham’s talk of predictability a ‘non-issue’
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo, the architect of the team’s offense, attempted to downplay recent comments from Odell Beckham Jr. concerning the unit’s predictability, calling the potential distraction a “non-issue.”
Beckham claimed after last Sunday’s 25-23 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that Bucs corner Vernon Hargreaves mentioned the Giants’ predictability.
“He was just like, ‘You know, we know a lot of what you’re doing,'” Beckham said of his post-game conversation with Hargreaves.
NJ.com notes in a report that Hargreaves isn’t the only Giants opponent who has mentioned the predictability. McAdoo wasn’t interested in addressing it.
“Again, we’re focused more on ourselves,” McAdoo said Friday. “That’s a non-issue.”
The Giants have been abysmal so far this season, ranking 26th in the NFL in scoring by averaging only 19.4 points per game. Whether or not predictability is in fact the prevailing reason behind the Giants’ continued struggles, McAdoo wants no part of discussing the notion.
“Like I said (Thursday) and (offensive coordinator) Mike Sullivan talked about it (Thursday), it’s part of scouting, it’s part of gamesmanship,” McAdoo said.
As alluded to by McAdoo, he previously similarly blew off the predictability angle Thursday.
“Your interpretation of what Odell said and mine are entirely different,” McAdoo said, via NJ.com. “Teams do a good job scouting the opponent. That’s a part of gamesmanship. We have things to counteract it, and it paid off for us in the game. Every defensive back thinks they know what you’re running until they don’t. Unfortunately, we didn’t win the game.”
The Giants are in an absolute free fall. At 0-4, it goes without saying the team needs a victory Sunday over the similarly winless Los Angeles Chargers for any chance at a last-gasp effort to somehow salvage their season, however remote that may be at this point.
“We talked about adversity introduces a man to himself. That’s where we find ourselves right now,” McAdoo tersely added during Friday’s presser, which lasted only five minutes and 19 seconds. “It’s a people game. It’s a game of character.”
Now that’s a predictable sentiment from the coach of a winless team desperate for a victory.