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McAdoo: Odell Beckham needs to be “less of a distraction”

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Coach critical of star wide receiver’s sideline tantrum

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Odell Beckham in the fourth quarter Sunday.
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Odell Beckham Jr. “needs to control his emotions and be less of a distraction” New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said Monday, one day after Beckham had a sideline meltdown early in the fourth quarter.

Beckham’s meltdown came after quarterback Eli Manning threw an interception at the goal line on a fourth-quarter pass intended for Will Tye. Cameras showed both Manning and wide receivers coach Adam Henry trying to calm Beckham down.

McAdoo said he had two conversations with Beckham during the game about his sideline demeanor.

“I don’t remember” is all Beckham said Sunday when asked about the meltdown and the mark on his face which apparently came from the net bouncing back and smacking him.

Beckham was suspended after a game against the Carolina Panthers and Josh Norman last season when he picked up three personal fouls. He controlled himself on the field this time vs. Norman, and had a terrific seven-catch, 121-yard game. His sideline antics, though, showed that Beckham still has some maturing to do.

McAdoo said that it is “our job to help him with that process” and that “it takes time” to accomplish that.

Here are some other takeaways from McAdoo’s Monday conference call reviewing Sunday’s 29-27 loss to the Washington Redskins.

Abandoning the run

Despite gaining 120 yards on 21 rushes (5.7 yards per attempt) the Giants abandoned the run entirely late in the game, Their final 20 plays were passes, with the last run a 6-yard gain by Orleans Darkwa with 8:00 left in the third quarter.

“We felt that we had an opportunity to take advantage of our matchups on the perimeter. We were moving the ball in the pass game. There were some runs that we may have had to get out of due to the box and to the looks. We were being aggressive trying to win the football game,” McAdoo said.

On Weston Richburg being ejected

“I felt between the white lines it was an emotional game. I felt we kept our composure. I think we can be more disciplined and more poised. It’s disappointing to see Weston (Richburg) get thrown out of the game. We knew what type of game it was going to be. He needs to be better than that.

On the plethora of penalties and mistakes

The Giants had three turnovers and 11 penalties for 128 yards.

“We were sloppy with our play. Our discipline and poise wasn’t there like it was in the first two weeks. It’s something that we addressed in the locker room after. We have to continue to address it and work on it. Get back to the team that we were the first two weeks of the season as far as the penalties go,” McAdoo said.

On missed offensive opportunities

“We were sloppy with our play. Our discipline and poise wasn’t there like it was in the first two weeks. It’s something that we addressed in the locker room after. We have to continue to address it and work on it. Get back to the team that we were the first two weeks of the season as far as the penalties go.”