Ben McAdoo enables Odell Beckham by joining in on the complaining

He was a little more vague and wasn’t quite as insulting, but make no mistake about it: Ben McAdoo was whining about the referees Monday just like Odell Beckham Jr. did the night before.

Instead of publicly putting Beckham in his place and reminding him not to sweat the refs and certainly not to claim Terry McAulay’s crew shouldn’t work Giants games anymore, McAdoo, in his own way, complained that plenty of calls unfairly went the wrong way in his team’s 24-14 loss to the Steelers.

“We have a process to gain clarification on calls that are made during the course of a game,” McAdoo said on a conference call Monday, referring to the way teams submit plays to the league for review. “We’re going to get plenty of use out of that process this week.”

McAdoo was asked if he felt like Beckham gets targeted by the referees and if they don’t give the Giants’ wideout the benefit of the doubt?

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“I would say that I thought there were a few times yesterday that he may have been interfered with,” McAdoo said. “But that’s part of the process, we’re going to send it in to New York, to the officials, and let them take a look at it, get some feedback from it, some clarification.”

To recap: after the Giants lost to the Steelers, Beckham offered the refs up as an excuse (he would probably argue this point, but let’s be honest: that’s exactly what he was doing. No one even asked him about the refereeing, he just brought it up on his own) and then McAdoo enabled his superstar wideout by feeding into that excuse.

Ben McAdoo feeds into Odell Beckham's excuses for the Giants.

Ben McAdoo feeds into Odell Beckham’s excuses for the Giants.

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The one person who dished the truth on Beckham’s antics on Monday was Eli Manning.

“He’s got to be careful of that. I think with officials, you kind of want to kill ’em with kindness,” Manning said on WFAN Monday. “If you start jabbing at ’em and talking, that’s not gonna help the case. That’s not gonna help you get calls if they’re close. So he’s got to learn to be a good guy and learn how to warm up to those guys so he can get the calls.”

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None of this is to say that Beckham wasn’t hosed on the pass interference call that went against him and should have been called on the defender. He was. And if an official told Beckham to “get out (of) my face,” as the receiver said, then that was probably undeserved too.

But Beckham’s silly candor after the game doesn’t do his team any good, and McAdoo isn’t doing his receiver any good by feeding into the receiver’s narrative about the officials.

It’s also worth noting that the Giants were penalized four times for 24 yards on Sunday…compared to 12 penalties called against the Steelers for 115 yards.

Beckham sounds off on the refs after Sunday's 24-14 loss.

Beckham sounds off on the refs after Sunday’s 24-14 loss.

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As for Beckham’s other controversy on Sunday — his ear-to-ear grin captured on cameras after Antonio Brown’s touchdown — McAdoo had no problem with that, either.

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“Odell, the reaction that I saw from the TV copy, to me was, ‘Hey, he made his play and now let’s go make ours,'” McAdoo said. “That is really the way we go about it as a team. It is, ‘Hey, we just play the next play.'”

No matter what, Beckham’s smile didn’t sink the Giants on Sunday and the refs weren’t the critical blow either. So give McAdoo credit for this: he wasn’t shy about identifying the big problem — his offense. Big Blue’s offensive unit, which entered the season with high expectations, now ranks just 26th in yards in per game. When McAdoo opened his conference call Monday he listed just one positive from Sunday’s game — scoring off of a turnover — before listing a slew of negatives.

“When you’re struggling and it’s tough to move the ball, it’s hard to overcome setbacks and we have to eliminate the setbacks, the unforced errors,” McAdoo said. “I think there’s a heightened sense of awareness that we need to get better and we need to improve and we need to keep working at it.”

McAdoo also faces issues like getting all three of his top receivers involved in the passing game and getting better play out of left tackle Ereck Flowers. The former first-round tackle struggled again on Sunday, though McAdoo backed the young offensive lineman.

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Eli Manning appears to be the only one saying Beckham should watch what he says.

Eli Manning appears to be the only one saying Beckham should watch what he says.

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“Ereck, we have a lot of confidence in Ereck,” he said. “He needs to get better with his hand placement and just fundamentals.”

Part of McAdoo’s plan includes a padded practice this week ahead of a critical game against the Cowboys to increase the physicality. Each team only gets a limited number of padded practices in a season.

“It is December and anytime you look at December football, it is the physical teams, the heavy-handed teams, the teams that are good at the fundamentals, that have the chance to win and play good football in December when the weather turns,” he said.

With the way he and Beckham are talking, he better hope the officials don’t turn cold on his team, too.

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