The Worst Run Franchise In Football Traded One Of Their Best Players To An Upstart Team That's Quite Familiar With That Designation
Rest easy, degenerate gamblers. While you might be a couple idiotic picks away from having to search the couch cushions to keep the lights on, you most certainly didn't bet $35 million dollars, albeit indirectly, on the cowardly corpse of Eli Manning to lead a team to contention without an offensive line...
Much like drafting someone with generational talent at #2 overall, signing Odell Beckham Jr. to a monster deal carrying enough dead money to fill a casket that would need a dozen pallbearers if moved wasn't the problem. The problem was thinking those weapons would translate to wins with someone who was more likely to sack himself than attempt a pass longer than 20 yards at the helm. The issue isn't that the Giants sucked last year. The issue is that Giants were the only ones that didn't realize they were going to suck last year, and that lack of self awareness led to the type of mismanagement that borders on malpractice.
Dave Gettleman, in his infinite wisdom, basically threw a beautifully woven tapestry over a hole in the roof, as if that was enough to keep the Giants' house in order. Now they have to pay out the ass for what were inevitable damages instead of just fixing the actual problem in the first place. This isn't even a retrospective view, because everything that happened over the last year was a foregone conclusion. Eli Manning was bound to be bad. Odell Beckham Jr. was bound to be underutilized. The latter bitching about the former was bound to be the result. You'd have to be more near-sighted than a quarterback that didn't look further than -2 yards down the field not to foresee that. Call me crazy, but that's not a characteristic I look for in any General Manager, never mind one entrusted with rebuilding a floundering franchise from the ground up.
What's funny about this is that the Giants, in dealing with the Browns, have basically become the Browns. I suppose that could change as soon as the upcoming draft, but - as of right now - they are a woefully run organization the likes of the one they've both taken over for as such while also helping to turn them into a division favorite. Baker to Beckham, along with the rest of Cleveland's weapons, is going to be a constant reminder of how badly this whole situation was bungled for no other reason than to spare the feelings of the otherwise apathetic face of the New York Giants' franchise.