Nowadays, Tom Coughlin is a third party. On Tuesday, he exercised his objective opinion.
An NFL head coach of 20 seasons, including 2004-2015 with the Giants, Coughlin appeared on CBS Sports Network's We Need to Talk Tuesday night. Speaking with Andrea Kramer, Summer Sanders, Dana Jacobson and Lisa Leslie, Coughlin discussed Odell Beckham Jr.'s recent on-field outbursts.
"He's a good kid," Coughlin says. "He's a team guy in the team room and everything else. It's just when he gets on the field, there's one way he knows to play and you know what, for his own good, I'd love to try to help him because I think so highly of him.
"He is a distraction. If you watch a game, the camera unfortunately is on the kid all the time."
Beckham played two seasons for Coughlin, who coached the Giants to two Super Bowl titles, after getting drafted in 2014. A two-time Pro Bowler, Beckham has struggled mightily in his first year post-Coughlin. Beckham had eight 100-yard receiving games and 13 receiving touchdowns in 15 games in 2015. This season, Beckham has gone for 100 yards just once in four games and has zero touchdowns. His line of three receptions for 23 yards in a loss to the Vikings Monday night marked a career low in both receptions and receiving yards his short, but high-profile 31-game career.
Beckham's frustration is not just evident by his numbers. In a Week 3 loss to the Redskins, Beckham threw a tantrum on the Giants' sidelines, getting clocked by a kicking net along the way, as he yelled and cried despite the Giants still getting the ball back with a chance to win the game.
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Against the Vikings, Beckham was call for a taunting penalty on one of his three catches, as he feuded with Xavier Rhodes most of the game.
"Football is my sanctuary," Beckham told ESPN's Anita Marks Tuesday. "It's where I go to escape. It's where I'm most happy. I'm not having fun anymore."
In Week 3, head coach Ben McAdoo, the offensive coordinator in Beckham's first two NFL seasons, commented that Beckham needed to become less of a distraction to his self and his teammates. Although, after the Week 4 loss, McAdoo changed course and said Beckham's actions were "not a distraction."
The Giants have a short week to clean up Beckham's actions. After the Monday Night Football loss, the Giants travel back to the Midwest this week for a Sunday Night Football matchup in Green Bay.
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