NYG Postgame (vs. Bears) Transcripts: Wide Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. -- December 2, 2018
Q: How important was it to close this one out and come away with the win?
A: Itís just important to win. Close game, not a close game, like I said pretty much all year, weíve been here before and recently in the last four weeks, weíve pulled them off except one. So we know how to lose these games, we know how to win these games, itís just a matter of what the outcome is going to be on that day. As a team, we put it all together and found a way to beat a very, very good team.
Q: Can you walk us through your touchdown pass?
A: Honestly, I addressed the team at halftime and I told them thereís just something I had to get off my chest. I love these boys. Every time I put on a helmet, whether itís practice or itís a game, Iím going to give it my all and I feel like I owed them more, to give them all of me and whatever that entails. So we drew a play up, I told Bennie (Fowler) I donít care what happens, Iím going to throw it to you and they double covered him and this grown man from LSU who Iíve played with for a long time, I saw him down the middle of the field and I was like this canít be real and I just launched it to him. Itís all good, he wasnít supposed to do that, but heís just playing football and he came up with a huge play for us. Very, very, very big play.
Q: Did you see him at the last second?
A: Yeah, I was about to take off running and like I said it didnít feel real because I just saw him running down the field and it was never like that in practice or how we drew it up, nothing. I just saw him and I was like Iím just going to give him a chance, Iím going to put it in that area and he came up big for us.
Q: Thatís two for two now for you.
A: You know.
Q: Take us through the onside kick.
A: It was a great kick. Honestly, when it took the hop, the guys on the front line kind of looked like we were in a position where we didnít know if they were going to get it, if they wanted me to go get it and I was just so far back when they passed the ball, I was trying to run up there and get in the mix and I got to it late.
Q: Did you have a chance to dive for it?
A: It sounds like a question youíre asking just to ask kind of, you know?
Q: How did your touchdown catch unfold?
A: Just a play we drew up every single day and we just got down to it and we ran it, executed it.
Q: How did you get so wide open?
A: Scheme. Thereís a lot of people crossing down at the goal line and itís hard to cover. You donít know whether to switch, swap, does he run with me? Does he switch it? It just worked out.
Q: On the onside kickÖ
A: It sounds like youíre asking a question just to ask a question. Iím not going to talk about that. Sorry. The game is over, we won.
Q: What improvements did you guys make today?
A: We just fought, thatís really all it is, we fought. Like I said weíve lost games by three points, weíve lost games by four points, weíve won them by three, weíve won them by four. Weíve been in this position and we fought. Everybody in here gave it their all to the final whistle. Tried to get a stop by the goal line and they ran a nice play, they converted it and scored. We get in on offense, we get a big run from Saquon (Barkley), we tried to push it to the end zone, we couldnít get there and (Aldrick) Rosas hits a 57-yard field goal, puts us up three and the defense needs a stop, they made the stop and came up with a big play at the end.
Q: How can you get the fans to believe in you guys again?
A: Itís tough. Thatís something that comes from inside the person that wants to believe. I can try to put all of the belief that I can speak, but words can only do so much. It has to be in your heart to have hope for us, to believe in us to do any of those things.
Q: Did you decide on the way into the locker room that you were going to address the team?
A: No, it was just something in my heart. In a way, I feel like I let them down. When I came into the building today, it was just a different feeling and I didnít know how to shake it. I was just trying to find a way and I see these guys out here who were battling and I tried to give it my all. So when I talked to them, Iím emotional. Iím very in tune with myself so as Iím speaking to them, itís just flying out. Itís whatever thoughts are coming out. I feel like they took the message well and weíre in this locker room with a good feeling.
Q: What was your message?
A: Go out there and lay it all on the line no matter what the situation is, no matter what play, no matter anything. Go out there and give it your all.
Q: What would your response be to people questioning your effort on the onside kick?
A: It was a great kick. Sometimes somebody makes a better play than you do. I could dive in there and still not get the ball. So it was a very tough call. Nobody should ever question my effort or my heart. Thatís the last thing you can do. You can question me as a person, as a man, whatever you want to do, but my heart and my effort can never be questioned, ever.