Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has spent most of the second half of this season speaking about amazing rookie WR Odell Beckham, Jr. Monday morning, on his conference call with reporters, Coughlin took the time to recognize several other rookies:
"I would have to say I was very pleased with a lot of our young guys, to be honest with you," the coach said. "I would talk about Kerry Wynn for a minute, with an interception, a fumble recovery and playing a lot more in the rotation than he normally would have because of Damontré Moore’s ejection. I also would recognize Nat Berhe, who did an outstanding job of recovering a fumble and making a tackle on the kickoff at the 10-yard line. Orleans Darkwa, who forced a fumble and then had an opportunity to play in the game and scored a touchdown on an outstanding run where he started one way and [the Rams] defense surrounded him and then all of a sudden, he broke out of the crowd and got in position to where he was able to score a touchdown there."
But the truth is, the whole team has elevated their game. Sunday's win in St. Louis against a rugged Rams team was a quite an impressive one. Veterans and rookies alike took charge of this game from the beginning and never let go.
"You saw a couple of really good, young running backs," Coughlin continued. "The Rams with [Tre] Mason and Andre Williams, who played well for us and displayed some powerful runs. He did an outstanding job there and, of course, Odell Beckham, who had eight catches for 148 yards and a long of 80. [He] continued his outstanding play. Then I would mention outstanding pressure on the quarterback. Of course, Jason Pierre-Paul continued his outstanding play. Then, Eli Manning, with an outstanding football game with a quarterback rating of 148.8, 25 for 32 for 391 [yards], three touchdowns and no interceptions."
The coach added the team was plus-three turnover-wise and outplayed the Rams in all of the key aspects of the game with good energy. He mentioned the melee in the first half sparked by the Rams' late hits on Beckham, but was pleased the game calmed down and his team kept their composure and got the victory.
"For us in the game to be plus-three, that is an outstanding job," said Coughlin. "I just mentioned the young guys who contributed to the ability of us to be plus-three, takeaways with no giveaways. Our third down conversion rate on both sides of the ball was good. We were 47 percent as an offense and our defense held the Rams to 17 percent. We had a yardage day, 514 yards. The stat that I was very happy with was 32 passes and 34 runs, and we had 128 yards rushing."
When asked about Beckham and his celebrations and whether he thought they were of the taunting nature, Coughlin had this to say:
"I think the one thing is that every time Odell plays, he learns more about the National Football League and he learns about the way in which he is being interpreted, some good, some bad. He continues to try and want to do things the right way. We will continue to try to teach him, without taking away from his ability and his excitement and the obvious lift that he brings. Here is a kid that runs the entire length of the field with every ball in practice. It is one thing to see someone do that and then it is such an outstanding example for everyone else, but that is the kind of energy and excitement that he brings to the enjoyment of playing. That is there and it is there full-time. You want that. Now the exuberance, if it goes too far, obviously, it is not a good thing, so we will continue to work with him. I spoke to him on the way out on the plane about a couple of things I was interested in continuing to talk to him about and why I wanted him to learn as much as he possibly could and for me to help him going forward because I want everyone to realize the quality of the young man, and not be offset by some of things that he has done. He looked at me and said, ‘Coach, stay after me.’ He wants to learn and he wants to continue to improve and be better. I think he will and I think going forward, as he understands the professional game, that he will understand that some of the things that take place give the wrong message or send the wrong message."
Coughlin said he did not think the spinning of the football after Beckham scored warranted a penalty. He was asked if he would limit the celebrations going forward. He said as long as they were not directed at the opponent all was well:
"There is no way you want to take anything away from the guy on the field, except for some of the things you see. I am not trying to tell you that everything he does is intentionally directed at the opponent. It is not, but if it is being interpreted by the officials as it is, then we have to do something about it."
And if the problem still exists going forward, consider that a good thing for the Giants.