WR Odell Beckham Jr., C JC Tretter, RB Nick Chubb and WR Jarvis Landry (12.29.19)
ODELL BECKHAM JR.
Does the 1000-yard season or the amazing catch you had today mean anything to you right now?
“Not to say it doesn’t — I came today to accomplish that. I caught food poisoning and I’ve never really experienced anything like that. I told my mom I didn’t know where my body was, but that I knew I had enough heart to go out and get it done.”
So that’s what happened at the end of the week? Food Poisoning?
“Yeah I had food poisoning. I was weak, throwing up during the game, going to the bathroom at halftime — I’m just weak. I just had to get another IV, so you all might want to back up a little bit.”
Is 6-10 incredibly disappointing for you?
“Not making the playoffs is disappointing. Not to be like that, but I feel like, in my past life, I tended to dwell on the negative. Now I’m trying to look at the positives. The season has been a disappointment. Week to week, it has been a battle to get to Sunday. I can’t wait for 2020. I’m done with making excuses. I’ll go to the doctor in the offseason and get evaluated. I’m just letting you know that 2020 is going to be completely different. I don’t care who has doubts, or what thoughts or opinions are made as me as a player or person. It’s going to be my year. To be able to be here with my brother (looking at Jarvis Landry) and share that is great. It is what it is at this point. A lot of good things have happened internally. Maybe from the outside you can’t see it, but there’s a lot going on.”
Is it unsettling what tomorrow could bring after a team finishes the way you did?
“I think being so close to the end of this game, (that) everyone is still thinking about what just happened. We’ll have our exit meetings and talk through things and begin to build a strategy for beyond.”
Did you ever feel this team got on the roll that everyone expected?
“You can just look at the record. We had some spurts but we never had that sustained success and that’s why we finished 6-10. You can’t look back and think anything other than that we didn’t do enough to be successful.”
Why was running the ball so hard the last couple of weeks?
“Give the other teams credit. The Bengals did a good job stacking the box and playing out. We started to get into a rhythm after a while, but when you’re behind a couple of scores you can’t just stay in there and run the ball all the time. Give them credit.”
If Nick Chubb ends up as the NFL rushing leader, what would that mean to the team?
“I think it’s a great testament to who he is and how hard he works, and it’s a great accomplishment. I think he’d be the first to tell you that it doesn’t mean as much as what being a successful team would mean. I think as we look back — once the sting of this season has worn off — we’ll look back fondly on being able to accomplish that as a group. For now, no individual success will make anything about this year feel any better.”
How disappointing is today?
“It sucks. It’s the last game of the season and it happened. I’m just not even worried about it. I’m not looking too far ahead. I’ll remember the good times we had this year. We came a long way from where we once were. Just trying to find a positive.”
It looks like you’re going to be the rushing leader. What does that mean to you?
“I’m excited. Just for the team and to find a positive this year — I hope I can get it just for teammates and the organization.”
How disappointing was this season?
“It is disappointing, especially with all the excitement coming in to the season. I’ve been here before in high school and college, and you can learn from it and get better next year.”
A lot of people felt this win might save Freddie Kitchens’ job. Has that been talked about?
“That has nothing to do with us. I don’t know.”
How disappointing is 6-10?
“Very. Not much more to say.”
How frustrating was today?
“It was very difficult, but I think every guy showed up and played as hard as they could. The opportunity to compete and go into the offseason the right way was on everyone’s mind.”
Expectations were high this year. Could you have ever imagined 6-10?
“I don’t know. A lot of things happened during the season. I hope we find a way for next year to take the steps in the right direction.”
Do you believe Freddie Kitchens is the guy that can help you do that next year?
“I don’t know. It’s not my job and not my call. We’ll see what ownership does. Six-and-10 is definitely not acceptable.”
What steps need to be taken?
“I apologize for saying steps. If you look at how we played last year and how we finished last season, you’d think we’d come in this season ready to make the jump. We just couldn’t get it done.”