New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur can be as dry as unbuttered toast when he wants to be. After Sunday’s crushing 33-31 last-second loss to the Carolina Panthers, though, Shurmur was as emotional/angry/unfiltered as he’s ever been since becoming the Giants’ head coach.
On Odell Beckham’s comments to ESPN
Here is the interview, just in case you aren’t aware of it.
“Alright, listen, I’m gonna answer all the drama questions right now. I’m gonna go back to what I said, alright? I addressed it with Odell. I addressed it with our team,” Shurmur said, voice beginning to rise again. “I publicly declared that I didn’t agree with his comments ands I asked anyone who was interested if they wanted clarification go to Odell because he’s a big man.
“I’m not gonna give the public a pound of flesh on this, alright? That would make me small, not strong. These are the kind of things, in my opinion, when you have the locker room that we have, that will help galvanize them. ‘Cause the locker room took care of it. That’s all I’m saying on it. Finito. Done!
“Let’s talk football, not drama.”
On the loss ... and his team
“Disappointed for our team. We played hard. We played tough. We played the way that I know that our team is. For the record.
“Our team is tough. They play hard and I’ve got no issues with the way they play. There’s still some things we’ve gotta clean up and play better, but we’ll get that fixed as we go.”
On the questionable penalty vs. Landon Collins
“I’m not gonna talk about calls.”
Then, he did. And he got fired up when he did it, with his voice rising.
“What I saw was a guy going for the ball, making an effort, I think he touched the ball if I’m not mistaken. I saw that with my own eyes. A guy is making a play on the ball with no attempt, no attempt to target the receiver. So, that’s how I saw it. I’m sure somebody will see it in slo-mo HD and somebody will tell me what they think.”
On the time left after the Giants’ go-ahead touchdown
“We gotta go out and play. We gotta go out and get ‘em stopped. Unfortunately they made a big kick and the score’s 33-31. I wasn’t worried. Let’s not go to that game, we scored with too much time. I’m not playing that bulls—- game.”