The very last thing the New York Giants need right now is any more drama to add to their 2016 NFL season. Fortunately, quarterback Eli Manning is doing his best to make sure that isn’t the case. After Manning made a comment that “you can get real sick” of the antics when the team is losing, he cleared the air surrounding wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. just two days later.
According to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, the Giants quarterback wanted it to be known that he wasn’t criticizing Beckham with his recent comments.
“Just play football,” Manning said. “Keep making plays and do your thing.”
Manning also sounded off on the celebrations and Beckham’s behavior, stating that he’s not tired of it.
“I’m not tired of it. Thought y’all might get tired of it. That was my comment,” he said. “It’s up to you, and maybe thought it was me. But I’m talking about you. I’m fine with it.”
Any generic NFL fan may have imagined that Manning’s statements could cause some drama or some type of a rift between he and his top wide receiver, but apparently, that’s not the case. Manning wanted to make sure Giants fans knew that he and Beckham are not only on the same page, but have a great relationship as well.
“I’m not trying to make comments about him. I get asked about him a lot, so I have to comment about it,” Manning said. “I’m not trying. Odell and I have a great relationship. We talk about a lot of things. On the same page, he knows I’m always looking out for him, and he understands you can say things and it kind of can be taken one way.
“So Odell and I are on the same page. I get asked multiple questions about him every week.”
The good news here is obvious, and it’s that the Giants were able to avoid even more drama coming into the air. With the Giants sitting at 3-3 on the season, and basically saving their year by avoiding falling to 2-4 with a comeback victory against the Baltimore Ravens, this is a team who needs to rally around each other in order to find success.
If Manning had chosen to let his comments about Beckham, or about the situation as a whole linger, it could have been a nightmare heading into their Week 7 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams in London. Better yet, it could have kept the unfortunate headache rolling on deeper into the season.
The Giants have enough on their plate currently, as they’re sitting in last place in the NFC East, behind the 5-1 Dallas Cowboys, 4-2 Washington Redskins and the 3-2 Philadelphia Eagles. For the Giants to turn this thing around and push back to the top of the division, there’s no question that they need to have Manning and Beckham on the same page, with the drama being left outside the door.
Only time will tell if all is actually fine with the Giants’ dynamic duo, but winning cures a lot, so the Week 6 victory obviously didn’t hurt.