Instead of using their given talents to cover New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., opposing defensive backs are opting to play the mental game, getting into the young WR’s head to throw him off his game.
At least that’s Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan’s assessment:
“I think what it boils down to in terms of defenders, you really have to ask yourself: Why are they trying to get in his head? Why are they trying to rattle him?” Sullivan asked reporters, per Newsday. “If a guy, a defender, is confident, if he has complete belief in his own abilities and he’s a true competitor, why does he want to try to tip the scales and not want Odell to be at his best?
“It’s about the motivation. The only reason a guy tries to get him off his game is because they’re not confident enough in their abilities. They’re afraid to match up against him one-on-one, mano-y-mano if you will. If that’s going to be the approach, you can put that in the bank and say obviously the guy is not courageous enough or man enough or brave enough, whatever you want to say, to go ahead and play it straight up. If they need those types of tricks, OK, then so be it. We’re going to rise above it.”