I Appreciate Eli Manning Saying What Everyone Should Be Thinking About Odell Beckham Jr.
LBS- The New York Giants quarterback joined WFAN on Monday and said ODB’s actions are getting old.
“I think with the win you can ignore it a little bit easier. Kind of let the coach handle — obviously we got to be careful about getting penalties late in the game and putting our defense in a bind right there,” Manning said of Beckham getting a 15-yard penalty.
“He made plays and so it’s one of those deals where you can get real sick of it if he’s not going out there and making plays. But when he goes out and has a couple of huge catches and 200 yards and a game-winning touchdown, you still want him to be smarter, but you accept it a little easier.”
Amen. Honestly, I just wish that all Giants fans would embrace the mindset of their start quarterback. You don't have to love everything about a player to appreciate what he provides on the field. For example, Brandin Cooks probably thinks the pair of footprints he leaves behind as he sprints to the end zone belong to Jesus and that makes me roll my eyes, but I'll be first person pumping my fist as he darts down the sideline. So why can't Giants fans admit that Odell Beckham is a soft, insecure, drama queen while still appreciating his ability to take the top off a defense and help their team win games? Especially when a failure to do so is nothing more than an omission of the obvious.
Odell Beckham antics are - factually speaking - insufferable and I say that as someone that has enjoyed the prima-donna wide receivers of the past. The T.O.'s and Ochocinco's of the world may have been just as obnoxious, but their stupidity never seemed this forced, unnatural, and - quite frankly - desperate. Their celebrations never seemed so cringeworthy. Maybe I am just at a different period of my life then I was when they were around, but watching Odell Beckham make sweet love to a field goal net that beat the shit out of him two weeks prior made me want to die of second hand embarrassment. It wasn't funny or clever, and those are two requirements that need to be met if you want people to accept that you just cost your team valuable yards at thee most important point of the game.
Those theatrics were nothing more than a selfish, exaggerated plea for attention from someone who is so quick to act like he's a victim when that attention - that he so clearly craves - is negative. While I am not a Giants fan, I can appreciate the talent that Odell Beckham possesses. It's just impossible to truly enjoy it when he's blatantly taking penalties in order to purpose to inanimate objects 3 seconds after he displays it.
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