Ben McAdoo didn’t take the bait. The New York Giants head coach, when asked about his receivers partying all night in Miami on Sunday and into Monday, simply said it was an off day and players can do whatever they want on off days.
“Well, I don’t think he was going to publicly criticize his players six days before a playoff game,” New York Daily News NFL writer Gary Myers said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “But as well as we’ve gotten to know McAdoo this year – which really isn’t all that well because he doesn’t really open up to us – but I think I know enough about him that this is not something he would have endorsed. He’s a football guy through and through, and even though this is a new generation of players that can get private jets and do all kind of stuff, you wonder where the commitment (is) and the sense of doing what’s right. How do you get that across to this generation of players that staying up all night in Miami and partying with Justin Bieber less than a week before you’re playing your first playoff game in five years is probably not a good look and probably not a good idea?”
Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz and Roger Lewis flew to Miami after the Giants’ 19-10 win over Washington on Sunday. They apparently went clubbing in South Beach until the early morning hours.
“Why would you want to do that?” Myers said. “You get to this point in the season, players cherish any off time they have to sit and relax and try to recharge their bodies to make a Super Bowl run. Why would you want to get on two extra flights and pull an all-nighter after a game and start off the week like that? I don’t get it. Maybe it’s a generational thing. I’ve been covering this thing for so long that I can’t relate to this. But to me, I think there’s still got to be a commitment and a loyalty to the team. Go party in February some time. Why do you have to do it now?”
One would think that Beckham, who has received considerable backlash for his immature antics this season, would try to keep a low profile the week of a playoff game.
“He has set himself up now that if he doesn’t play a perfect game on Sunday, (it’s going to be a problem),” Myers said. “I’m not saying he’s got to catch 10 balls for 180 yards, but if he drops one easy pass at any point in that game and if it comes back and has an impact on the Giants losing, he’s not going to be able to live this down. Whenever we talk about Tony Romo, it might not be in the first paragraph, but somewhere in the third or fourth paragraph, there’s a reference to him going to Cabo on their bye week before they lost to the Giants in the divisional round in ’07. But as much as people, myself included, were critical of Romo’s commitment back then, he did it on the bye week. They weren’t even playing.”
The Giants (11-5) are. They play the Packers (10-6) at Lambeau on Sunday at 4:40 p.m. ET.
“What are they doing?” Myers asked. “Why? Beckham was quoted as saying they just did it to get focused. Come on.”