Sunday afternoon, the Giants lost to the Philadelphia Eagles. But it’s a game they really could’ve (and should’ve won). However, Odell Beckham Jr. didn’t agree with head coach Pat Shurmur’s gameplan. The Eagles came in without four of their top five corners. And OBJ just doesn’t think they attacked them enough.
“Coming in, knowing that they’ve struggled in the secondary, personally, I would’ve loved to attack them. But it wasn’t in our game plan,” Beckham told reporters on Sunday following the loss.
Shurmur, however, doesn’t think that’s too fair.
“Who said that, Odell? OK. I don’t know,” Shurmur said in response to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan on Monday. “We ran the ball 18 times, we threw it 37. That is twice as many throws as there were runs. We had seven explosive gains in the passing game… … You’ll have to ask him to define it after he watches the tape but I felt like we were doing the things necessary to win the game.”
For what it’s worth, Shurmur doesn’t mind the comments. He acknowledges that after losses — especially ones like Sunday — emotions take over. After all, the Giants are 3-8 now. A couple of their losses have come in the closing moments. In most cases, they cannot get out of their own way. That’s the story of the 2018 Giants — and the 2017 Giants, for that matter.
We do take issue with Shurmur for one reason, however. We don’t understand why they went away from Saquon Barkley in the second half. Other than that, we agree with his assessment of OBJ’s criticism.