In the closing minutes of Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens, Jared Odrick was caught by cameras yelling at head coach Joe Philbin and others on the sideline. Earlier this week, Odrick opened up about the situation and explained his actions in greater detail, but mainly chalking it up to how football is an emotional spot and sometimes, that happens.
“In the game of football, there is always going to be some type of disagreement. It was just a matter of me disagreeing with something. It happens every game, win, lose, or draw, there is going to be some type of disagreement or some type of understanding that needs to happen. The understanding that needed to happen just happened a little bit too late for me, and that was after the game, when it should have happened during. It’s just a matter of all of us, especially me, to be as professional as you can, on and off the field. It’s not an issue. It’s a normal occurrence in terms of playing football and being emotional and wanting to win. There is no rift, there is no nothing. I wish I could give you something to make you all happy today, but it’s not it.”
Odrick said that there is a lot of respect between himself and Philbin and noted that it goes both ways. He said that the only way to continue from here is to go back to work and continue to do your job.
"I love playing for these guys, this team, this organization, this city. I wouldn’t want to play with any other D-Line (defensive line) in the world. I wouldn’t trade that for the world. I love the guys. I love my coaches. I’ve learned so much by being here, from two different coaching staffs. Luckily, I was able to keep my D-Line (defensive line) coach and continue to learn and progress tremendously since my rookie year, coach (Kacy) Rodgers. There is no rift, there is no problem, there is no disrespect going back and forth. When things like that happen with the team, it comes from understanding. You find out why people felt a certain way. It’s just like finding out why a play happened. Why did this happen? Why did that happen? Watch the film, reassess and on to the next one.”
While Odrick apologized for his actions after the game on Sunday, he stopped short of saying that it wouldn't happen as he wouldn't' make any guarantees that something like this wouldn't happen again.
“There are no promises that anybody is not going to feel emotional about the game, especially when you want to win and especially when you’re playing the (New England) Patriots. It’s a matter of being a professional. It’s a matter of coming back to work. It’s a matter of putting forth the effort, both on the field and with the people that you work with, to win a football game.”
Others on the team have come out this week and have said that there is a fine line between being a professional and showing emotion. Mike Wallace said that you don't want to go too overboard where it's causing a distraction for everyone but in the same breath, noted that it's an emotional game and you need to balance it.
Hopefully Odrick and the rest of the team, along with the coaching staff, can put this behind them and put their best foot forward against the New England Patriots on Sunday.