Tom Coughlin Wants to Help Odell Beckham Jr. 'Channel Emotions' 2
Dec 21, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin celebrates with wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) after a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Former Giants head coach Tom Coughlin called Odell Beckham Jr. a “distraction” and says he wants to help his former player “for his own good.”

Ex-Giants head coach Tom Coughlin may know a thing or two about what it takes to be successful in professional football. He isn’t coaching anymore, but he’s still keeping close tabs on the New York Giants, particularly Odell Beckham Jr.

While on the CBS Sports Network, Coughlin expressed that he’s seeing the spiraling Beckham situation for what it is, a “distraction.”

But he didn’t continue to pile on, as many have done recently. Beckham’s petulance has become a hot-button issue across the sporting world, and Coughlin offered his support:

“…I would love to try to help him in this regard because I think so highly of him…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.”

-Tom Coughlin

Coughlin coached Beckham for the first two years of his career. OBJ was tops in the NFL in TD receptions over that span with 25. He’s yet to find the end-zone this season.

A Coughlin intervention is a welcomed sight to Giants fans. The team is currently mired in a mini-crisis of sorts, with current HC Ben McAdoo‘s leadership leaving more to be desired. His team has been undisciplined on the field, and offering weekly sound bytes off of it. Eli Manning joined in on the Beckham Jr. melodrama this week, after the 24-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football.

These are things you rarely, if ever saw with Coughlin at the helm. The results speak for themselves: an under-performing offense and a team losing control of the narrative.

If Coughlin can’t reach Beckham Jr., maybe no one can. He and Beckham had a good rapport during his tenure and he’s still under contract with Big Blue so a mentor role should be easy to facilitate. Hopefully he can teach McAdoo a few more things while he’s at it.

h/t: ESPN

2 COMMENTS

  1. This is a joke right? Coughlin who acts like he had no clue what Beckham was doing last year? Coughlin who wouldn’t bench Beckham last year? Sorry, Tom. You had your shot. Now STFU.

    I think McAdoo AND Eli Manning are showing a lot of leadership here. That was mild criticism from Eli and it was right on the money. But here’s the thing. If Eli Manning is calling you out to the press, as mild and quiet as it was, you better realize you’ve pushed things to the end point. If I’m Odell, and I hear Eli saying that, I’m never having another outburst again.

    Coughlin enabled Beckham and wanted to win no matter what. It cost him his job. McAdoo put his foot down and he also put it down on Francesa’s throat this week when he basically told him to back Fk off his team. He’ll handle it.

    Fans criticizing Eli and McAdoo need to wake up.

    • TC dropped the ball in the Carolina game last year, but that absolutely did not cost him his job. Not reaching the playoffs 4 straight years and back to back 6-10s did the trick.

      Media is eating OBJ alive. He’s handled it poorly & that’s on him, but it all started with McAdoo’s presser after the Skins game. Eli saying what he said through the press exacerbated it. Neither are wrong for WHAT was said, they’re wrong for HOW they said it.

      In the locker room? No problem. But teams/guys/press around the league are piling on Beckham & his coach and QB are telling the press he brought it on himself. It’s wrong and it’s why they’ve backed off this week.

      McAdoo was EXCELLENT on Francesa, that’s exactly how to play it. And if you’ve noticed, the team is rallying around OBJ this week and he’s come out and said he needs to get it together. That’s because the issue is being addressed behind the scenes, the way it should be.