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Friday Media Transcript: WR Odell Beckham Jr.

Eric from BBI : Admin : 10/19/2018 3:43 pm
WR Odell Beckham Jr.
October 19, 2018

Q: By now, you know what John Maraís comments were about his reaction to your interview that he prefers you to focus on playing more than talking. What are your thoughts about your ownerís comments?
A: I respect and value his opinion, obviously, so thatís what weíre going to do. Like I said, focus on Atlanta right now and thatís really it.

Q: Have you talked to him?
A: I havenít talked to him yet, but Iím sure weíll talk. We talked, but we havenít talked about that.

Q: Do you think that you should be allowed to talk about what you want to talk about whether or not he wants to agree with that or not?
A: Iím ready to talk about the Atlanta Falcons and thatís really it. Thatís the focus right now. We need to start winning games, so I feel that I want to win, too, just as bad as everybody else. Thatís really it, I just want to win.

Q: There were reports over the weekend that some unnamed players in the locker room were getting frustrated with Eli (Manning) and vocal on the quarterback changes. Is that something you sensed at all or do you have any reaction to that?
A: I laugh. I donít think thatís the case. I think Ė what did you say? Players were frustrated? I think theyíre frustrated that weíre 1-5 and weíre losing. Everybody wants to win, thatís really it. I donít think that ever was really the case.

Q: What are your thoughts on the way Eliís played and how heís handled everything?
A: I think that weíre 1-5 and we need to start winning games and everybody needs to pick it up. I need to play better. I canít say that Iíve had my best (inaudible). I canít say that Iíve done enough to help this team win and I need to do more. Everybody needs to do more, everybodyís got to pick it up. We win games together, we lose them together. Thereís no other way around it. Itís a team sport.

Q: Do you believe that he can get you to that point?
A: You got to ask him. I tell him every time we get in the huddle, I say, ĎTake me home, 10í, which to me carries weight because heís been there. He knows how to win. He knows what heís doing. Heís the most prepared of anybody Iíve ever seen and thatís exactly what I say, Ďtake me home,í so weíre going to start picking it up, we got to. We have no other choice. I donít think anybody in here has that Ďlay downí mentality. I donít think anybody has quit in them. Weíve just been beaten. Some games, weíve out executed. We just need to win, thatís really it.

Q: There were reports that you were fined for the comments in the interview and I know there was a lot of talk about that being a leadership moment. Is that disappointing?
A: It is what it is, you just got to take it on the chin. It is what it is.

Q: Itís getting late in the season to really turn things around. Do you have that hope?
A: Glass half full. Going into the bye week, we got two games. You can get two big wins for this team and turn it around. We can go in it 3-5 and just like every other team, you make a run. Thatís how Iím looking at it, knowing that this is the most important game of the season. Canít worry about what our record is. Got to worry about this game, win this game, prepare for next week, win that game, go into the bye week, everybody gets some legs back, get some time off, clear your mind and come back and make a push. Thatís how Iím looking at it. Thatís what I could see. We just got to keep our head down, but head up at the same time, and keep working and thatís really it. Thatís all you can do at this point, just keep working. You dig yourself in a hole, you dig yourself out of it.

Q: With the talent you guys have on offense, do you look at what you guys have done production-wise, itís kind of hard to figure out with you and Sterling (Shepard) and Saquon (Barkley) and Eli (Manning) and Ė
A: We all need to do more. Thatís really it. We just all need to do more. Like I said, thereís been games where weíve just been out-executed. Thereís been games where the other team comes and they play a better game than we did, so we just got to do more, thatís it.

Q: This Falcons defense, where do you see that you guys can perhaps do some damage against them? What are some of their weak areas?
A: I think theyíre a team who would expect to have a better record than they do, but theyíre still a dangerous team and I know a couple of guys went down and stuff like that, so we just try to find the weaknesses just like every other week and attack them, but they got two good corners. They got a good front. Itís a good team. They got a nice little middle linebacker who Iím looking forward to seeing, but we just got to take advantage of these opportunities.

Q: With all the stuff that has gone on, how important is it for it just to be about football? Obviously thereís been a lot of extracurricular stuff that has taken Ė
A: Itís unfortunate. I think the extracurricular comes with losing. We know what itís like when youíre losing, especially when youíre losing here, so weíre sure if you were winning, itíd be different, but itís not the case, so right now itís just about football, thatís it. Like I said, my focus is on football. I need to do more, I need to do better period. Thereís nothing more that I could say about it.

Q: You guys have about 11 days by the time you play this game to get ready. How is this Giants team going to look different this time from the last time weíve seen you guys?
A: I guess weíll see (Monday). Itís easy to get up here and say this that, blah blah blah, but you donít go out there and do it, itís really just words, so itís followed by action now, thatís it. Go out there, play the best game you can. Like I said, itís time for me to do better. Like I need to do better, my teammates, myself, everybody. We just all got to do more. Everybodyís got to pitch in, you got to do more, put more on your plate and we got to eat.

Q: Howíd you use that extra time?
A: Time to just step back for a minute. Take a step back and just Ė once youíre in it, itís a lot going on, so sometimes you got to take a step back for a minute, get your mind right, come back in and Iím just happy that I got an opportunity again in a couple of days to play football. All the other stuff is just pass over time. You really Ė you work 10 hours a day, I say this all the time, 10 hours a day for 60 minutes of football. Those 60 minutes are crucial, so we need to take advantage of every minute of it.

Q: Do you have any regrets about anything because youíve had so much time to now think about it, you guys arenít winning. Do you have any regrets about any decisions youíve made?
A: Iíve said this all the time, never have any regrets. At one point in time, it was exactly what you wanted. It is what it is. I donít believe in everythingís a test or anything like that. Everythingís an opportunity to learn and grow, thatís really it. Thereís no more tests. The testingís over. Youíve prepared for the test, youíve studied for it. Itís just an opportunity to learn and grow.

Q: Do you think youíve grown from some of the things that have happened in the last couple of weeks?
A: I guess weíll see Sunday.

Q: I mean do you feel like, personally, do you feel?
A: I feel like Iíve grown since last year, but thereís still times where I find myself in this situation, so only time can tell. Enough about talking, words, any of that. Itís all about action.

Q: Football wise, obviously everybody tries to take you away. They do the same thing to Julio (Jones) down there as well. Do you study at all what they do to him?
A: When I watch it, itís different. Itís different what happens to me than other people, but when you got a guy like Julio, not to say no one can cover him one-on-one, itís a tough challenge. Itís a tough challenge. Heís one of the best, if not the best. Heís the most freakish Iíve seen, so our defense has got a tough challenge ahead going against him, the young buck (Calvin) Ridley, (Mohamed) Sanu. We got a challenge ahead. This isnít Ė I donít know what their record is, 2-4, whatever it is, still the Atlanta Falcons. This a good team weíre going against at home in the dome Monday night. Theyíre going to be fired up, they need a win. Theyíre trying to get their season rolling, weíre trying to get ours started, so itís going to be a battle.

Q: In two of the six games, youíve gotten dehydrated. Is there something going on with that?
A: Iíve always cramped. Iíve always cramped, itís just I feel like Iím working harder than I ever have, so I really donít like water. Iím trying, I just really donít like when you get that stomach feeling, itís all slushy, like Iím trying to stay hydrated. Sometimes I just got to get an IV, itís just necessary. Youíre cramping in both calves, itís hard to run and make cuts and if youíre cramping and dehydrated, youíre susceptible to something else, so Iím trying to stay on top of it the best that I can.

Q: How do you balance being a good teammate, a leader with the idea that youíll always hate losing? So I guess what Iím asking is, in times like this, how do you become someone that leads this team out of it?
A: Itís something that Iím working on. Like you said, I hate losing. I donít care what it is, but I just got to find a way to put that aside and try and rally all of us. Thatís all I want to do. Everybody in this locker room, no matter what anyone says, everybody in this locker room knows that I have love for them. I talk to probably everybody in here each and every day, whether I clown with them, try to trip them while theyíre walking, mess with them. This is my team, this is our team. I love being around these guys and you come to work every single day, I think all of us hate losing. I donít think Ė if you find someone who likes losing, I donít want to play with them. Thatís just it, so we all hate losing, I know weíre tired of it and like I said, we all need to be more, we all need to do better.
This question  
BlackLight : 10/19/2018 3:47 pm : link
Q: Do you believe that (Eli) can get you to that point?
A: You got to ask him.

I've seen a lot of stuff on Twitter that treats this like it was all Beckham had to say on the subject.
RE: This question  
arcarsenal : 10/19/2018 3:53 pm : link
In comment 14136013 BlackLight said:
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Q: Do you believe that (Eli) can get you to that point?
A: You got to ask him.

I've seen a lot of stuff on Twitter that treats this like it was all Beckham had to say on the subject.


Are you surprised? Most people have an obvious agenda when it comes to him, so of course they'll take that byte but not the one where he says Eli knows how to win, is the most prepared guy on the team, has been there before, etc.

It is what it is. He's one of the most polarizing players ever.

If I harbored the same resentment towards him that many others do, I think I'd just find other things to worry about rather than spending time during each of my days expending mental energy to reiterate that I dislike the personalty of an athlete over and over and over again - but, to each their own.
Water answer  
Emil : 10/19/2018 4:20 pm : link
When you see the water answer in the context of the whole Q&A session, it really comes across as incredibly minor. No big deal at all. He isn't the only athlete who feels this way.

The media wolves are out for OBJ right now. They just want him to say anything they can cut and paste into the OBJ is a selfish diva article.
RE: Water answer  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 10/19/2018 4:23 pm : link
In comment 14136068 Emil said:
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When you see the water answer in the context of the whole Q&A session, it really comes across as incredibly minor. No big deal at all. He isn't the only athlete who feels this way.

The media wolves are out for OBJ right now. They just want him to say anything they can cut and paste into the OBJ is a selfish diva article.


Emil, the quality of the beat coverage of the NYGs is at an all-time low in my opinion.
RE: RE: Water answer  
Emil : 10/19/2018 4:40 pm : link
In comment 14136071 Eric from BBI said:
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In comment 14136068 Emil said:


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When you see the water answer in the context of the whole Q&A session, it really comes across as incredibly minor. No big deal at all. He isn't the only athlete who feels this way.

The media wolves are out for OBJ right now. They just want him to say anything they can cut and paste into the OBJ is a selfish diva article.



Emil, the quality of the beat coverage of the NYGs is at an all-time low in my opinion.


Eric my friend, you are 100% right. There are only three I care to follow anymore. Art Stapleton, Patricia Traina, and Kim Jones. Good coverage, great reporters.
RE: Water answer  
arcarsenal : 10/19/2018 5:50 pm : link
In comment 14136068 Emil said:
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When you see the water answer in the context of the whole Q&A session, it really comes across as incredibly minor. No big deal at all. He isn't the only athlete who feels this way.

The media wolves are out for OBJ right now. They just want him to say anything they can cut and paste into the OBJ is a selfish diva article.


Just look at the thread on it - all of the usual suspects are there firing away because they just can't help themselves.

I can't believe people care about shit like that. He doesn't like water during games. BFD.
RE: RE: Water answer  
TrueBlue56 : 10/19/2018 6:04 pm : link
In comment 14136071 Eric from BBI said:
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In comment 14136068 Emil said:


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When you see the water answer in the context of the whole Q&A session, it really comes across as incredibly minor. No big deal at all. He isn't the only athlete who feels this way.

The media wolves are out for OBJ right now. They just want him to say anything they can cut and paste into the OBJ is a selfish diva article.



Emil, the quality of the beat coverage of the NYGs is at an all-time low in my opinion.


You are absolutely correct Eric, but I think the quality of reporting overall almost everywhere is low.

Bring back garafalo, Kim Jones and Neil best.

So tired of reporters trying to make a story or make them a part of the story instead of just reporting it. I can hardly read anything anymore because most of it is sensationalism garbage.
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