Ver­meil calls Odell ‘im­ma­ture clown’

New York Daily News - - SPORTS - BY JOHN HEALY

There is at least one coach who is fed up with Odell Beck­ham Jr.’s silly an­tics. Former Su­per Bowl win­ning coach Dick Ver­meil blasted the Gi­ants wide re­ceiver on Fri­day dur­ing an in­ter­view with 94WIP in Philadel­phia.

“There is no cor­re­la­tion be­tween age and im­ma­tu­rity and that guy is an im­ma­ture clown,” Ver­meil said. “Just re­ally, em­bar­rass­ing.”

“We as coaches have to have some poli­cies and then the guts to re­in­force them,” he added. “I think the league should have sus­pended him.”

Beck­ham has come un­der scru­tiny for pre­tend­ing to pee like a dog af­ter scor­ing a touch­down against the Ea­gles last Sun­day.

The cel­e­bra­tion re­sulted in a 15-yard un­sports­man­like con­duct penalty and a one-on-one meet­ing with Gi­ants owner John Mara, who said he was “un­happy” with the re­ceiver’s dis­play.

Beck­ham was rel­a­tively un­apolo­getic about it, only say­ing he em­bar­rassed him­self.

Gi­ants head coach Ben McA­doo has done ev­ery­thing he can to avoid dis­cussing it and would not say if Beck­ham will be dis­ci­plined this week­end.

He did say the dis­trac­tions have not de­terred Beck­ham from their up­com­ing game against the Buc­ca­neers.

“He’s fo­cused on pre­par­ing for the game,” McA­doo said Fri­day. “He seems di­aled in and fo­cused on his prepa­ra­tion.”

Ver­meil, who coached the Rams to a Su­per Bowl cham­pi­onship in 1999, also coached the Ea­gles and Chiefs.


The Gi­ants could have their orig­i­nal of­fen­sive line back on Sun­day.

Right tackle Bobby Hart was not on Fri­day’s in­jury re­port and was pro­jected as limited in the Gi­ants’ walk-through prac­tice on Fri­day, in­di­cat­ing he will likely re­turn.

That means Justin Pugh, who had filled in for Hart, is likely back at left guard, where Brett Jones is ques­tion­able with a hip in­jury.

McA­doo would not com­mit to any­thing, but praised Pugh for the work he did fill­ing in for Hart.

“He’s out there, he’s fight­ing, he’s com­pet­ing. He’s done a nice job,” McA­doo said. “He did a nice job in a tough en­vi­ron­ment ver­sus a very good op­po­nent last week. I have a lot of re­spect for Justin. He’s earned it.”


No play­ers were listed as out for Sun­day’s game against the Buc­ca­neers in Fri­day’s early in­jury re­port, while LB Jonathan Casil­las (an­kle/wrist), Or­leans Darkwa (back), G Brett Jones (hip) and DE Olivier Ver­non were listed as ques­tion­able.

Run­ning back Shane Vereen (calf), who did not prac­tice all week, was not on the re­port and was pro­jected as limited for Fri­day’s walk-through prac­tice, which would make the pos­si­bil­ity of rookie Wayne Gall­man suit­ing up less likely.

“We’ll take a look at some guys to­mor­row,” McA­doo said.

Casil­las, how­ever, was the only player pro­jected to not prac­tice while ev­ery­one else was pro­jected as limited.

Dick Ver­meil

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