Jon Gruden Wants the Giants to Bench Odell Beckham Jr.: ‘He’s Got No TD’s & Dropping Passes’ (Video)
Former NFL coach and current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden had a front row seat to watch New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. have a career-low game on Monday, with 3 catches and only 23 yards. He also saw Odell throw yet another tantrum on the field that resulted in a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct after he bumped into an official following a late hit out of bounds.
Gruden believes that Beckham has become such a distraction to himself and the team that he thinks Ben McAdoo needs to bench him so he can cool off.
“I don’t think this is as difficult as maybe some people — he’s had some problems. I think he’s been fined five times. I think he’s been suspended by the league already. He’s not playing great football. He’s got no touchdowns. Zero. And I’ve seen him drop passes at the end of the game against New Orleans, Washington — he dropped one the other night. I thought he quit on a route that the ball was intercepted on.
“I don’t want to see anymore one-handed catches, honestly. He’s not playing up to his standard. How much are you gonna tolerate? I think that’s a question that Ben McAdoo, the head coach of the Giants, is faced with. You can tolerate more with some players than others. Obviously, he’s very talented, but like I said, he’s dropping passes. I’ve taken guys out of the game for that. I think that’s what needs to be done.
“Sit him down for a while. I know he’s a great player. But I’ve taken guys down for dropping passes, lining up wrong, missing an audible, blowing an assignment, committing penalties, not being reliable.”