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Friday Media Transcript: WR Odell Beckham Jr.

Eric from BBI : Admin : 12/28/2018 4:48 pm
WR Odell Beckham Jr. -- December 28, 2018

Q: Is it a level of frustration for you the way the last month has gone?
A: Yeah, obviously not the way I wanted to end the season. You train all offseason for these 16 games, plus the chance to go to the playoffs, and itís definitely not the way I wanted to end the season. Disappointed Ė myself, teammates, everybody, just the whole community and thatís not the way I wanted to end it. On a positive note, it leaves a huge chip on my shoulder for next year, and just the things that I know Iím capable of doing. Itís just time to do them and put my best foot forward next year. I think next year will be the best year Iíve had in my entire career. Thatís the only positive that I can take from all of it. I wish that I could be playing, but it is what it is.

Q: How much do you look forward to getting a full 16 game season under your belt?
A: The sky is the limit. Obviously, you want to play every single game. I have kind of a flukish little quad pull, strain, whatever you want to call it. It allows you to miss the last four games of the season. Like I said, the sky is the limit and I know that next year is going to be tough on everybody I play. Thatís just how I feel, thatís how Iím coming. I do have a positive outlook for 2019-2020. I say this is going to be my year every year until it is going to be my year. So, next year is going to be my year, and if itís not next year, the year after is going to be my year. Thatís the goal every year.

Q: You just completed your fifth year. The lifespan for NFL players isnít too long. Do you worry that youíre going to run out of time?
A: No, not really. Not something you really look at. You just kind of stay in the moment. You think about the end, but Iím trying to play into, I should pass (Pro Football Hall of Fame WR) Jerry (Rice), thatís the goal. However long that takes, I feel like Iím capable of doing it. To come back from major ankle surgery and have this, this is nothing. It just took me out of the last four games of the season. Not to say that itís not serious, because it obviously kept me out. Iíll be fine.

Q: Were there any setbacks along the way where it didnít heal properly?
A: When you pull a muscle and you try to get back out there, itís just tough. You just need time off. The only thing that heals Ė everything is time, and we were just short on time at the moment. Itís really nothing. Once youíre over it, itís gone. It just was the timing of it. Itís not very fortunate.

Q: With how much time and money you put into your body during the offseason, how frustrating is it when something like this causes you a quarter of your season?
A: Itís life, it happens. I wish I couldíve finished the end of the season, but it is what it is at this point.

Q: Will you change anything in how you train, where you train?
A: No, Iím not going to change anything.

Q: What do you think went wrong this year?
A: It was just the way that it played out. Close games that we didnít finish on. Since Iíve been here, weíve lost a lot of games by less than five points. Youíre right there, but you canít get over that hump. My goal is to bring my A+ game next year. I donít care who is in front of me next year and thatís just how Iím coming. Thatís just the bottom line. This season didnít go the way we wanted. It definitely didnít go the way I wanted personally, but you take it as a learning lesson and you keep on moving.

Q: Do you want to see (QB) Eli (Manning) back as your quarterback?
A: I love Eli. Iíve been with Eli Ė heís the first quarterback Iíve ever had in the league. I threw at him, Manning Camp, high school. Thereís a lot of things you want in life. You canít always get what you want, but at the end of the day I want him to be able to go home and talk trash to his brothers. When itís his time to go out, I want him to go out the right way. I want him to go out with a trophy so he can go home and, not rub it in their face, but heís got three rings, they got two, or whatever it is. Thatís what I want for him. Thatís how I want him to finish. It has nothing to do with me. Itís not my call. Iím just a receiver. Thatís above my paygrade.

Q: What do you think this team needs to win next season?
A: We just got to put the pieces together. We were so close this year in so many different ways, in so many different games. Just finding ways to put it all together and itís been that way for a little minute. Itís just about finding those way to put it all together, score more points, give up fewer points, make plays on special teams, all the little things.

Q: Why didnít you guys just shut it down if this was going to keep you out for four weeks?
A: I just do what Iím told. If they say we need you to do this, thatís what Iím going to do. I tried my best to get back out there, but it just wasnít going to happen.
OBJ never really answered the question about wanting Eli back.  
nyjuggernaut2 : 12/28/2018 6:28 pm : link
just said he loves him.
this would seem to be pretty clear  
Peter from NH (formerly CT) : 12/28/2018 6:43 pm : link
" I want him to go out with a trophy so he can go home and, not rub it in their face, but heís got three rings, they got two, or whatever it is. Thatís what I want for him. Thatís how I want him to finish."
RE: OBJ never really answered the question about wanting Eli back.  
TMS : 12/28/2018 6:46 pm : link
In comment 14235744 nyjuggernaut2 said:
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just said he loves him.
This sounds like a huge reach in YOUR mind not his.
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arcarsenal : 12/28/2018 7:02 pm : link
I thought he answered that question quite well, actually.
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JPinstripes : 12/28/2018 7:07 pm : link
In comment 14235765 arcarsenal said:
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I thought he answered that question quite well, actually.


He did indeed until he used the "above my paygrade" finish which is really funny coming from a kid that's worth 100 million dollars.

But I understand what he means - get healthy and see you next year OBJ.
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arcarsenal : 12/28/2018 7:27 pm : link
I think all he meant by that was that Eli's future is out of his hands. I don't think he actually meant for it to have anything to do with money; just that it's not his decision to make and that those are the tough decisions the higher-up's have to handle.

But I didn't feel like he avoided the question nor did it sound like he was throwing Eli under the bus/wanted him gone.

Hopefully if Eli is back, the players in front of him will be better and the defense will go from bottom third to above average.
Agree  
JPinstripes : 12/28/2018 7:50 pm : link
Well put.
Hope this guy can stay on the field for 16 games next year  
joe48 : 12/28/2018 8:08 pm : link
Another year to recover from the ankle will help return that burst which seemed to be missing this year.
Above my pay grade -  
section125 : 12/28/2018 8:34 pm : link
means as he said, I'm just the WR, and the HC and GM are above his pay grade (not pay scale).
RE: Above my pay grade -  
JPinstripes : 12/28/2018 8:53 pm : link
In comment 14235817 section125 said:
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means as he said, I'm just the WR, and the HC and GM are above his pay grade (not pay scale).


Tell that to Aaron Rodgers...
RE: RE: OBJ never really answered the question about wanting Eli back.  
nyjuggernaut2 : 12/28/2018 10:19 pm : link
In comment 14235753 TMS said:
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In comment 14235744 nyjuggernaut2 said:


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just said he loves him.

This sounds like a huge reach in YOUR mind not his.


Maybe. I guess with the comments he made at the start of the season in that Josinda Anderson interview, and the fact that he didn't actually come out and say he wants Eli back, just made me a bit concerned with his answer that's all.
Haha, I wonder if this is something Eli has mentioned to him?  
OdellBeckhamJr : 12/28/2018 10:23 pm : link
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I want him to be able to go home and talk trash to his brothers. When itís his time to go out, I want him to go out the right way. I want him to go out with a trophy so he can go home and, not rub it in their face, but heís got three rings, they got two, or whatever it is. Thatís what I want for him. Thatís how I want him to finish.
Get healthy OBJ  
Rick in Dallas : 12/29/2018 4:48 am : link
Come back next year and have a pro bowl season.
DG has to improve the Oline and  
Simms11 : 12/29/2018 8:40 am : link
Defense to get Eli even close to a Super Bowl again. The run game has to improve and we have to have a smothering Defense for Eli to have success IMO. He's not putting this team on his back anymore, as he did 7 years ago. OBJ will also have to have a monster year. I haven't seen the explosive plays from him this year, where he used to run right by DBs. I suppose a full year removed from ankle surgery might also help?!
Eli is a grown fucking man  
ron mexico : 12/29/2018 9:44 am : link
Can we stop being concerned with players hurting his feelings in interviews

It's embarrassing
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Big Blue '56 : 12/29/2018 9:48 am : link
In comment 14235782 arcarsenal said:
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I think all he meant by that was that Eli's future is out of his hands. I don't think he actually meant for it to have anything to do with money; just that it's not his decision to make and that those are the tough decisions the higher-up's have to handle.

But I didn't feel like he avoided the question nor did it sound like he was throwing Eli under the bus/wanted him gone.

Hopefully if Eli is back, the players in front of him will be better and the defense will go from bottom third to above average.


Bettcher had a top ten D in Az every year. I am confident that will happen sooner rather than later
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arcarsenal : 12/29/2018 10:48 am : link
In comment 14235959 Big Blue '56 said:
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In comment 14235782 arcarsenal said:


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I think all he meant by that was that Eli's future is out of his hands. I don't think he actually meant for it to have anything to do with money; just that it's not his decision to make and that those are the tough decisions the higher-up's have to handle.

But I didn't feel like he avoided the question nor did it sound like he was throwing Eli under the bus/wanted him gone.

Hopefully if Eli is back, the players in front of him will be better and the defense will go from bottom third to above average.



Bettcher had a top ten D in Az every year. I am confident that will happen sooner rather than later


I like Bettcher - I think he's just severely undermanned. Give him a FS with more range, a legit edge rusher and some slightly better DB depth and there's no doubt he'll have this defense in the top half of the league.

He can coach defense - I still think he was a good hire.
Ron in Mexico  
joeinpa : 12/29/2018 2:41 pm : link
Lol

It s amazing the sensitivity on this issue
Even if OBJ no longer has that ďburstĒ  
Dave on the UWS : 12/29/2018 6:58 pm : link
heís still one of the best in the business. His desire to win is contagious. 52 more like him please.
As long as it is just a pull ..  
Bluesbreaker : 12/29/2018 9:56 pm : link
And not like what happened with Nicks .
Sucks how he got hurt though It seems sketchy a pull
or what I though was Bruised .
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