New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. blames his team’s poor play on a lack of energy, but his coach isn’t quite on the same page.
After Beckham said he felt the Giants didn’t bring enough energy on a daily basis, coach Pat Shurmur blamed execution for the team’s 1-3 start instead.
“I do know this, our team has a heck of a lot of heart. Our team plays with a lot of energy,” Shurmur said Friday, via Jordan Ranaan of ESPN. “What we haven’t done is we haven’t really executed quite as well as we need to yet. That is really … instead of energy, it’s more execution. And I think that is what we’re all striving for.”
The Giants’ problems are not new. In fact, at one point this season, their struggles were so extensive that Beckham didn’t even remember his last win. Eli Manning is struggling and the offense as a whole doesn’t produce enough for the team to be good. That has more to do with their struggles than energy.
Odell Beckham Jr. did not take part in team drills during mandatory minicamp this week, but Giants head coach Pat Shurmur does not expect the star receiver to be limited for much longer.
Shurmur told reporters on Thursday that he has been given “no reason to believe” Beckham will not be 100 percent cleared by the time training camp begins next month.
Pat Shurmur says he expects Odell Beckham to report to Giants training camp on time and he has “no reason to believe” he won’t be able to participate fully in all drills.
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) June 14, 2018
Beckham underwent ankle surgery last October, and there’s a chance he might not want to risk suffering a setback or another serious injury without a long-term contract extension in place. While he could hold out for a new contract later in the offseason, Beckham has given no indications to this point that he is going to go that route.
Beckham is entering the final year of his rookie contract, so it’s no surprise he wants a new deal. The Giants are reportedly waiting before giving him the extension for a couple of different reasons.
The New York Giants and Odell Beckham Jr. appear to be in a fairly good place for the moment.
Despite his desire for a new contract, the star wide receiver is attending OTAs, and new coach Pat Shurmur is quite pleased with that development, calling it “very encouraging.”
Pat Shurmur feels that it's "encouraging" to have Odell Beckham coming to OTAs. pic.twitter.com/pe0LqeCNq4
— Sean Farrell (@seanfarrell92) May 20, 2018
Beckham has gone from being the subject of trade rumors to receiving assurances that he very much has a place on the roster. The two sides have been conciliatory lately, and Beckham’s decision to attend offseason workouts looks like a show of good faith. For now, all seems well, even if his long-term future remains somewhat murky.
The New York Giants are apparently no longer looking to trade Odell Beckham Jr.
On Tuesday, Beckham showed up for the start of the team’s three-day voluntary minicamp. That was another positive sign after he also attended the start of voluntary workouts earlier this month, and new Giants head coach Pat Shurmur did his best to squash any trade rumors that might still be floating around.
Pat Shurmur: Odell Beckham Jr will “absolutely” be part of team in 2018. They have talked often. OBJ not ready physically to take part in minicamp but is at #NYG.
— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) April 24, 2018
We can assume Beckham still wants a long-term contract extension, but he is obviously doing everything he can to maintain an amicable relationship with the team. Plus, a trade seemed unlikely all along given how much the Giants reportedly wanted in return.
Beckham, who is still recovering from a season-ending ankle injury he suffered last year, should be excited about playing under Shurmur. The former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator helped turn Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen into one of the best wide receiver duos in football last season, so he should be able to create plenty of opportunities for a player of Beckham’s caliber.
It sounds like quarterback Josh Allen has a destination in mind if he had the choice to land wherever he wanted in the NFL Draft.
Allen spoke glowingly of New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur, believing that they could do great things together if Allen landed in New York.
“I’d want to play for him because he just had this kind of silent vibe to him,” Allen told Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News. “He was kind of reserved, and at the same time I can feel his presence and understand how much he loves football, how much he knows football. He put me up on the board, he was talking over some things with me and it was just coming out of his mouth so quickly and so smooth, and he’s a brilliant mind. And he’s gonna be doing some really big things in New York.
“(Shurmur) kind of reminds me of how my offensive coordinator (Brent Vigen) was at Wyoming. They’re not gonna be the guy to get in your face and ‘MF’ you or do any of that stuff for doing something wrong. But they’re gonna let you know when you do something wrong. They’re gonna try to guide you in the right direction. They’re gonna be calm and even-toned the whole time. That’s just the sense that I got from him, and he’s just got this demeanor about him that’s really cool.”
Allen’s praise extended to Mike Shula, the Giants’ offensive coordinator.
“Along with Coach Shurmur, he’s got it goin’ on,” Allen said. “He’s got a really good resume. The Shulas are a great football family. It’s in their bloodline to be football guys. So if I were blessed to be in a position to play for those two, it would just be the greatest honor that I can think of, to be honest.”
It’s safe to say Allen would like to be a Giant. His dreams may be dashed, however, given the fact that there’s no guarantee they’ll even keep their pick, much less use it to draft a quarterback.
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It wasn’t all that long ago that it seemed like Eli Manning’s tenure with the New York Giants was coming to an end, but the people who are now in charge of the quarterback’s future with the team continue to indicate he is not going anywhere.
The Giants officially introduced new head coach Pat Shurmur on Friday, and the former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator was asked a lot of questions about Manning. He made it pretty clear that his plan is to have Manning start next season.
“I watched Eli throw a little bit over the summer and I walked away saying he looked really, really good,” Shurmur said, per Nick Shook of NFL.com. “He looked fit. He was throwing the ball well. The ball had good velocity coming off his hands. Again, I think he’s got years left. How much? I don’t know. But I think he has time left and I look forward to working with him.”
The biggest mistake Ben McAdoo made was the way he went about benching Manning. For starters, the former Giants coach turned things over to Geno Smith, who obviously wasn’t auditioning to be the team’s next starting quarterback. McAdoo also offered to let Manning continue to start games to keep his consecutive games played streak alive and then be benched during the game.
On Friday, Shurmur indicated that he understands how sensitive Giants fans are when it comes to Manning.
“I think what’s important is we have a guy here who has helped this organization win Super Bowls,” Shurmur said. “He’s an outstanding player and I’m really looking forward to working with him.”
The Giants have the No. 2 overall pick in the draft this year, so it would not be a surprise if they took either Josh Rosen or Sam Darnold. But there’s no need to start a rookie when Manning is still capable of winning games, and Shurmur isn’t the only one who views things that way. Manning is 37, so he knows he doesn’t have a lot of time left. Keeping him as a starter for another year or two while grooming a young quarterback is probably the best approach.
Pat Shurmur became a head coaching candidate in the NFL due to the fantastic work he did as the offensive coordinator with the Minnesota Vikings, and he plans to continue doing what he does best in his new role with the New York Giants in 2018.
On Wednesday, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman confirmed that Shurmur intends to call offensive plays next seasons. Gettleman also spoke about some of the qualities that that drew him to Shurmur.
“He’s an adult. He’s mature. He’s got wisdom. He’s very even-keeled,” he said. “It really pays off. I’ve watched him on the sideline. He doesn’t get shook. He doesn’t get rattled. This is a job for a grownup. We’re halfway through the interview and I wrote down, ‘This is an adult.’ Everybody wants the next whiz-bang kid. Let me tell you something, you look at history and see how that’s worked out. He’s a veteran, seasoned, professional football coach.”
Vikings wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen became one of the best wide receiver duos in football while catching passes from Case Keenum under Shurmur’s direction. Thielen caught 91 passes for 1,276 yards and four touchdowns during the regular season, while Diggs had 64 catches for 849 yards and eight scores. You can understand why the Giants’ best offensive player is so excited about the new coach.