The New York Giants defeated the Baltimore Ravens 27-23 on Sunday and in large part thanks to Odell Beckham. He caught eight balls for 222 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown catch and run to bring the Giants back to 3-3. You would think that would end the Beckham distraction talk? Nope.
Barely 24 hours after the Giants victory, quarterback Eli Manning still wasn’t happy about Beckham’s antics. Beckham did get a 15-yard penalty on him after taking his helmet off immediately after his touchdown and then went to his beloved kicking net and proposed to it. That’s become his shtick now.
Manning wasn’t happy. And still isn’t happy. But instead of handling it in the locker room, like a leader and a two-time Super Bowl MVP should do, Manning is taking out his frustrations through the media.
The former No. 1 pick told WFAN 660 that handling Beckham’s antics is easier when the team is winning.
Manning is quickly becoming the old man that yells at the kids who are having fun. Manning didn’t say anything the last two years when Beckham was tearing up the league, dancing and performing in the end zone. Nothing has really changed.
The media wants you to believe that Beckham has become a cancer on the field, when in reality he’s the one that can lift the Giants to victory when he gets it going. For Manning to criticize his teammate – and his best receiver – at this point in both of their careers is unsettling and makes Manning look like a bad teammate.
Things like this shouldn’t be handled through radio talk shows and beat reporters. The Giants are making themselves look like the New York Jets of the early 2010s. Handle the business behind closed doors.
Wagging your finger at the young kid isn’t a good look. Go back to the locker room, talk it out like adults and go back out there and win a Super Bowl. Manning didn’t touch the Ereck Flowers incident in public, and he shouldn’t be sandbagging Beckham through the papers either.