New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. doesn’t care if people hate that he wears his emotions on his sleeve. He also doesn’t care if he gets scrutinized for how he reacts before, during or after football games. Honestly, it’s just the type of person that Beckham is, and fans of the Giants, his teammates and the media are probably just going to need to get used to it. Beckham may be able to tame it down from time-to-time, but overall, there’s no reason to believe that a major change is on the horizon. Unfortunately, this means that Beckham and Giants head coach Ben McAdoo will probably never see eye-to-eye, which is an issue for the future of this franchise.
In possibly one of the more interesting comments about Beckham, Giants quarterback Eli Manning told WFAN 660 on Monday that Beckham’s antics are much easier to ignore when the team wins. He also pointed out that you can get “real sick of it” if Beckham isn’t making plays.
There’s one hammer dropping, as Manning not seemingly having Beckham’s back probably won’t go over too well. It’s unknown exactly the type of relationship that these two have, but regardless, the comments aren’t something you want to hear if you’re a Giants fan.
Then came the drama between Beckham and McAdoo, who apparently doesn’t care whether or not the Giants are winning or losing. Regardless, the Giants head coach isn’t a fan of anything relating to off-field antics, whether it be having some fun, taking your helmet off early (which resulted in a penalty) or getting frustrated during/after a loss.
This obviously comes after Beckham scored the go-ahead touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens, but picked up a 15-yard penalty which gave the Ravens better field position for taking his helmet off after scoring.
Beckham’s antics and the drama surrounding him have been one of the hottest topics of the season to this point. What’s so interesting about this whole situation, though, is that Beckham basically saved the Giants in their game against the Baltimore, and is still getting scolded by McAdoo. Was it dumb for him to pick up that penalty late? Absolutely. Would the Giants have even been in the game if not for a 75-yard touchdown and a 66-yard touchdown from Beckham? Probably not.
It would be one thing if Beckham hadn’t openly admitted that he’s caused some drama, but that’s not the case. Just over 10 days ago, the Giants star wideout admitted that who he had been wasn’t who he wanted to continue to be. He also made it known that he wanted to be a much better role model than what fans had seen to this point in 2016.
McAdoo seems uninterested in any of that. Instead, he and Beckham seem to be just on opposite sides of the room, and can’t figure out how to meet in the middle. That’s troubling, especially because it may wind up resulting in things coming to a head eventually. Beckham is one of the most talented wide receivers in the NFL, while McAdoo is a guy who Giants fans are hoping is their coach for the long haul.
In some form or fashion, these two guys need to figure out how to see eye to eye. The bad news is, with how different their personalities are, it’s hard to envision that ever happening, and this relationship ever working.