Giants head coach Pat Shurmur is sticking by his play-calling.
Odell Beckham Jr. criticized his head coach following a 25-22 loss to the Eagles on Sunday — saying that attacking their depleted secondary was “not part of our game plan.”
With a day to reflect on the latest loss, which dropped the Giants to 3-8, Shurmur disagreed with that assessment.
“Who said that, Odell?” Shurmur asked. “Well, we ran the ball 18 times and threw it 37. That’s twice as many throws as runs. We had seven explosive gains in the passing game. Only team we played and had more against was Carolina we had eight. many times we tried to throw it to him. The long throw down the right sideline to Rhett (Ellison) was designed to go to Odell. You have to ask him to define it after he watches the tape.
“I felt like we were trying to do the things necessary to try win the game. We still got production in the running game, couple of third down calls in red zone that were close, if we get those in it’s a different story.”
Pat Shurmur’s response to Odell Beckham’s criticism of his game plan on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/66ghHILIwY
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Beckham finished the game with five catches for 80 yards but was held to just two catches on 22 yards in the second half.
Yet the criticism of his head coach’s play-calling is not something Shurmur said was a concern of his.
“That is one man’s opinion after an emotional loss,” he said. “What happens is you get a good night’s sleep, watch the tape and maybe he’ll change his opinion.”