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Giants’ OC Jason Garrett downplays sideline incident with Kenny Golladay

Garrett says Golladay venting his frustration was “not a big deal at all”

NFL: New York Giants at Washington Football Team
Kenny Golladay (19)
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Kenny Golladay yelling at him on the sideline near the end of Thursday’s loss to the Washington Football Team is “not a big deal at all,” New York Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett said on Thursday.

Cameras caught Golladay, who signed a four-year, $72 million free agent contract this offseason, yelling at someone near the end of that 30-29 loss. Initially some thought Golladay was yelling at quarterback Daniel Jones. Golladay admitted earlier this week that Garrett was his target.

Golladay said he was “just passionate, just being a competitor.”

Garrett said he and Golladay had a “good visit” after Thursday’s game and the incident “was not an issue at all going forward. There’s always better ways to handle things, better ways to communicate, but wasn’t a big deal to me and to our team at all.”

Garrett added of Golladay that “I love the guy, I love his competitive spirit.”

“To me it’s not a big deal at all. We’re excited about having Kenny Golladay here. We like him a lot in free agency, we brought him here, he’s done a really good job for us. I love the guy. I love his competitive spirit.”

Garrett added that Golladay is “a guy who wants to be a part of this thing” and that he “probably had some frustration” after a couple of missed opportunities on Thursday.

“That stuff happens on sidelines all the time,” Garrett said. “We ask our players to go out there and compete and battle and scratch and claw, and you can’t say when you come to the sideline all of a sudden we’re choir boys again. We understand that. I’ve been on sidelines for a long, long time.”