New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin sounded like a father figure for Odell Beckham Jr. on Monday, saying he is in the role of "teacher" for the superlative rookie wide receiver.
"This young man wants to be everything he possibly can be and he is not afraid to recognize the fact that he doesn't have all the answers, and wants to put himself in a position where he can learn as fast as he can. That is exactly what our role is," Coughlin said. "I look at this, I am a teacher and I can bring a wealth of experience to a young player like this and try to be in a position where I can help him go avoid some of the pot holes, if you will, that occur for young guys. The ability to establish who they are, what they represent, and the quality of player that they are, and also the quality of person that they are."
Coughlin revealed that Beckham said "Coach, stay after me" when Coughlin spoke to him about the reasons why the taunting penalty and the fight took place on Sunday.
"I think the one thing is that every time Odell plays, he learns more about the National Football League and he learns about the way in which he is being interpreted, some good, some bad. He continues to try and want to do things the right way," Coughlin said. "I want everyone to realize the quality of the young man, and not be offset by some of things that he has done. He looked at me and said, ‘Coach, stay after me.' He wants to learn and he wants to continue to improve and be better. I think he will and I think going forward, as he understands the professional game, that he will understand that some of the things that take place give the wrong message or send the wrong message."
Here are some of the other topics Coughlin addressed during a Monday conference call to review Sunday's 37-27 victory over the St. Louis Rams.
On the contributions from some unlikely Giants' youngsters:
"I would have to say I was very pleased with a lot of our young guys, to be honest with you. I would talk about Kerry Wynn for a minute, with an interception, a fumble recovery and playing a lot more in the rotation than he normally would have because of Damontré Moore's ejection. I also would recognize Nat Berhe, who did an outstanding job of recovering a fumble and making a tackle on the kickoff at the 10-yard line. Orleans Darkwa, who forced a fumble and then had an opportunity to play in the game and scored a touchdown on an outstanding run where he started one way and [the Rams] defense surrounded him and then all of a sudden, he broke out of the crowd and got in position to where he was able to score a touchdown there."
On the play of Wynn specifically:
"Kerry has been with us a long time, all through training camp. He impressed us all the way. Much of that was you never hear the guy say much. He just plays hard. He loves to play. He has a unique ability, in my opinion, to be in the right spot at the right time. That is what he displayed yesterday. It is a dream for a defensive lineman to have an interception and also to have that late fumble recovery. I was very nervous even then with two minutes to go. He did come up with that as well. He played solid for us in there. His presence is felt. He holds his gap. He is a powerful young man and he is just going to keep on getting better as he goes along."
On Darkwa, a rookie signed mid-season off the Miami Dolphins' practice squad:
"Here is a young man who impressed us very much right away when he came to us because I would continue to check with Craig Johnson, our running backs coach, about, what do you think about [Darkwa] and how is he doing. He picked things up very fast. I think the level of confidence was recognized by the fact that he was inserted many times in the game on third down against a team that has a very, very complicated pressure and blitz package and he was able to go in and help us in that regard as well."
On the stellar play of quarterback Eli Manning:
"I think his focus was laser-like. I think he was very, very, much tuned only into what was going on, on the field. He was as focused and as zoomed in on what he was looking for in this game as any game we have seen this year. He prepares himself extremely well, he does that for every game. I thought his ability to get us into the right runs, his ability to check versus pressure, his ability to stand in the pocket and make plays, all of those things were there yesterday afternoon. He obviously played very, very, well."
On the development of the offense, which scored 37 points Sunday against a team that had allowed only 12 over its previous three games:
Well, we want more, we want more. We definitely, based on yesterday, we are on track, let's put it that way. We did a lot of good things. What you have to remember now is I thought our offensive line really accepted the challenge ... I think we know what we want and we know how we want to play and how we have to play. We did some very good things yesterday and the idea is to be able to consistently continue that, to be able to recognize the quality. All teams are different in terms of how you have to prepare. It is not just what you take into the game, you have to have the flexibility to maneuver within based on what the opponent does and what the opponent's strengths are. We are headed into that direction."
On the play of Rueben Randle:
"I think Rueben went into this game with the idea and the knowledge that we needed strong contributions from everyone. We needed to understand what may have likely happened from a defensive standpoint against us and that all people would have to make contributions, and he certainly did. The play he made in the middle of the field where he went up as high as he did and brought down the post ball, that was an outstanding start to his game. He had many plays ... As I have said all along, Rueben Randle is very talented. The way in which he approached this game, I would hope he would stamp on the back of his hand to remind him of how he prepared for this one and how well he played. We need him to play like that; we need him to play at that capacity."