Week three has just passed and the New York Giants still do not have a win under their belt. They have lost their first three games and are slowly pushing themselves from a possible playoff run. Of all the players who expressed their frustration to the media after the game, Hakeem Nicks’ words resonated above all.
From Charles Chandler of The Star-Ledger, Nicks chose his words carefully about the last game at his hometown. "It’s part of the game," he said. "You’ve got to control what you can control. I can’t throw it to myself."
Obviously, his choice of words didn’t translate well. Multiple sources that Nicks complained about his performance (or lack of..) during the 38-0 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
There's no denying that Nicks is clearly frustrated. He ended the game without a catch and was only targeted once by Eli Manning.
But his exact quote of, “I can’t throw it to myself,” does not mean that he is blaming Eli. Apparently, Glenn Minnis of Sports World News and Dan Graziano of ESPN New York have misunderstood with Nicks’ statement.
From an athlete’s perspective, he or she would do whatever it takes to win. Figuratively speaking, if Nicks had the ability to throw it to himself, he would target himself every single time, based on his own confidence. In reality Nicks understands how Manning has had a tough time passing in their Sunday loss.
He said, "As I’m running routes, I can’t see what’s going on with the line, I’ve just got to look at the film to see that, so we’ll know tomorrow." Clearly, Nicks isn’t accusing Manning of avoiding him. He is only frustrated not being able to contribute in a losing effort.
Sure, star receivers of the NFL are perceived to be prima donnas, but don’t assume every complaint is a shot toward their quarterback. They are apart of a team after all.
What do you think about Nicks’ comments? Is he being selfish because this is his contract year, or was it just a poor choice of words?
Tim Ahmed is an aspiring sports journalist entering his final semester at Baruch College here in NYC.