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Yesterday, I came across the thought that Odell Beckham, Jr. is the reason this Giants team has gone from good to god awful. It might have been the funniest thing I've read in a long time.
Are we really going to blame the Miami boat trip from last season as the reason this Giants team has fallen into the biggest hole in recent history? And we're going to blame a man who broke his ankle in Week 5 -- who has zero impact on the outcome of games from that point forward -- as the reason players haven't been giving maximum effort on the field?
First of all, can we just stop with the boat trip already? The players that went made a mistake, and karma bit them in the butt in a 38-13 rout. Drop it. The Giants have looked past it, and don't view it as any symbol or omen to what they have become. That has been their own doing.
Secondly -- and more importantly -- this has to be the worst shot at Beckham since he landed in a Giants uniform. If it wasn't enough to criticize the man for showing his passion differently than everyone else or who he hangs out with off the field, we're really going to kick him while he's down? The man is sitting is walking around in a boot, minding his own business as he tries to recover and get back to the field. In what way has he affected this team, especially in the blowouts the last two weeks?
Yes, Beckham has his moments that are controversial, and I'm not condoning some of his actions. But to say that they are affecting the culture within the locker room where players are beginning to rebel is absurd. Let me know what other Giants player has walked around like a dog on the field, or had an affair with a kicking net.
I'm done reading and hearing about how Beckham isn't what the Giants organization is all about. Are we afraid of change? Eli Manning has owned the locker room, but that influence won't last forever with his time diminishing by the week. Just because Beckham isn't reserved -- like most leaders of Giants past -- doesn't mean he can't be a positive leader in a locker room that has done nothing but support him and have his back from the start.
But don't listen to me. Don't blame Jerry Reese for not building around one of the greatest -- if not the greatest -- athlete this organization, and maybe even the NFL, has ever seen. Don't blame a shady offensive line, lack of discipline from the coaching staff, and unfortunate injuries to key players on both sides of the ball (which was also blamed on Beckham).
No, let's just blame the best player on the team -- a player who wants to stay in New York and build his potential Hall of Fame career -- because he is somehow miraculously influencing the entire team's play on the field from his couch.