Is Odell Beckham Jr imploding?

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Published on : October 8, 2016

 

2016 hasn’t exactly been kind to Odell Beckham Jr. He was held to a career-low 23 yards on three catches this past Sunday. Sure, the Giants were playing the Vikings who happen to have what most would consider the best defense in the league, but still, someone with his level of talent should do a little better than that. Through four games he has amassed 303 yards and 22 receptions, but has yet to find the end zone. And his frustrations are beginning to boil over to the point that it is becoming a distraction to the team.

 

Odell Beckham Jr being vocal about his displeasure and making a scene isn’t necessarily something new. But when your own coach says in the media that you need to cut it out, then maybe it’s time to worry. For the last couple of seasons, most of us have brushed off Beckham’s antics by saying that he is just a passionate young player who is learning to control his emotions. Everyone loves passion in their players, right? When does that excuse not work anymore? I think we may have reached that point.

 

 

I’ll admit I enjoyed his fighting with Josh Norman last season. When two players don’t like each other, the competition is that much better. And seeing it turn physical like that appeals to some of my more baser instincts. But if I was a Giants fan I would have hated it. Especially after my talented young wide receiver drew three personal-fouls in that week 15 matchup last year. When Norman was signed by Washington this last offseason, you had to believe we were in for more fireworks. In their first meeting this season, the refs made sure to squash any funny business before it even began, warning the two that they would be ejected from the game without warning if they didn’t play nice.

 

There was some minimal aggression between the two on field, but the worst of it was when OBJ picked up Josh Norman at one point. Not exactly must see tv. The real fun happened on the sidelines after what had already been a pretty solid game for Beckham. With the Giants down 2 but in the red zone and threatening to score, Eli Manning threw an untimely interception. Then Odell Beckham Jr reverted to what I can imagine his 4-year-old self was, throwing one of his biggest tantrums yet. There were tears. There was the flailing of limbs. There was yelling. There was one point where he assaulted the kickers’ practice net, only to have it retaliate and hit him in the fact. It was great. But not for the Giants.

 


OBJ has proven that he is even more immature than we thought, and he followed up his childish display of anger and frustration last week with his worst game ever on Monday Night Football this week. He got owned, and got another penalty after his frustrations with Vikings’ CB Xavier Rhodes boiled over. Now he comes out and claims that he “isn’t having fun anymore” playing football. Can you believe that? Someone isn’t having fun when things aren’t going their way at their job. What a shocker! This dude is ridiculous.

 

As if he wasn’t already ridiculous enough as it is, he then tried to play the victim in the media by insinuating that he might be unfairly scrutinized by the league and the refs. Maybe if he didn’t always fly off the handle and make a scene that wouldn’t be the case. Or maybe the high pressure situation of playing professional sports in New York is finally starting to get to him. Or maybe he is coming apart at the seams.

 

 

Whatever is happening, he had better get it figured out soon. Odell’s image has taken a big hit these last few weeks, and while that isn’t the most important thing, his underperformance only exacerbates it. He had better catch a couple touchdowns this week or the fans and media in New York might go full witch hunt on his ass. And if an Eli interception gets the water works going, he won’t be able to handle that.

 

 


Don’t Punch Your Quarterback!

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Published on : August 11, 2015

 

Everybody knows that NFL training camp can get a little heated. All of the ego, talent and conflicting personalities are forced to live together and gel as a team, while sweltering in the summer sun. It’s when bonds are formed, but like anytime you put that much testosterone in one place, there are moments when tempers will flare and confrontations will turn physical. Some would call it the nature of the beast, and there’s no one who has been through it that won’t tell you that it’s a fairly regular occurrence. Most of the time these little scuffles occur amongst the linemen on either side of the ball, or between receivers and DBs, but this week we have seen a couple of quarterbacks get in on the action, causing fans and coaches to hold their collective breath.

 

 

Yesterday we got to see Cam Newton and cornerback Josh Norman get into an altercation in which the much larger Newton manhandled the DB. Apparently Newton threw an interception to Norman, who then laid a nice stiff arm on the QB during his return down the sideline. Newton took issue with the stiff arm (and probably the interception), even though he had been pursuing the defender. I know the red jersey means hands off but can you really fault Norman for trying to complete the interception return unimpeded?

 

The way I look at it, Josh Norman should consider himself lucky to still be on the team, because he is already on the bubble of the roster to begin with. I don’t blame him for the fight, and I think that Cam should remember that he is supposed to be a leader on this team and rise above this kind of stuff. Still, Norman should be thankful to have a job (for now) because Cam Newton is the future of this franchise, and he is definitely not. I’m not saying Josh Norman will stick with the team, but for now it seems like this thing has blown over. Either way, hands off the million dollar smile!

 


 

Today is a different story entirely. Fans in New York got to start their Tuesday with news that their best hope at quarterback, Geno Smith, had his jaw broken after he was punched in the face by linebacker IK Enemkpali. This is a huge blow to a team with a rookie head coach, who was hoping that Smith would take a big step forward this year. It is estimated that he will miss 6-10 weeks and will require surgery to fix the damage he incurred after reportedly sticking his finger in the face of Enemkpali during a locker room argument.

 

 

 

Sadly, unlike the Newton incident that happened out on the practice field in front of the eyes and cameras of fans and media, the Smith incident occurred in the locker room. All we know for sure is that Geno Smith will not be throwing the ball to Brandon Marshall for a couple of months and IK Enemkpali has already been released by the team. That’s just what happens when you crush the hopes of a team before the season even starts. Some of the Twitter reactions have been priceless.

 

 

 

The issue here isn’t training camps fights; those are always going to happen. What really needs to be looked at is the leadership of these two young QBs. They are the most important players on their respective teams and for them to put the success of the team and their own careers at risk like this is just stupid.  As far as the defenders who were dumb enough to put hands on them, they need to worry about their careers too, because a Cam Newton and Geno Smith are a lot more likely to stick around than a Josh Norman and IK Enemkpali. One of them still has a job and the other is now looking for one, but you can be damn sure that if something like that happens again, neither of them will ever see another down of NFL football.

 

And that’s why you DON’T PUNCH YOUR QUARTERBACK!

 

 

 


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