With only 16 games in a football season, every loss gets amplified.
So, with the Giants dropping two games in a row – to go to 2-2 – Odell Beckham, Jr.’s sideline outburst goes even more under the microscope.
First of all, win or lose,this is something that should never happen and Beckham knows that.
“I think I just have to control what I can control,” he said. “I can control myself. I can’t control anything else but what I do. I definitely know I can do a better job at that. The thing that kills me is that I remember when I was a kid. I remember when I looked up to someone and watched them, emulated them.
“What I’m doing is not something I would want a 6-year-old boy to be out there and learn from. Honestly, as funny as it sounds, that’s really all I care about. Just being able to have that ability to be a blessing to someone else. To be an inspiration. That’s a lot of power. That’s very powerful to me. It feeds my soul. I would never, again, want to set a bad example for any kids or anything like that. I’m just doing the best to be me.”
Great, now let’s put that talk into words.
These days it seems like all the divas play wide receiver. Beckham is just one in a long line of me-first players around that league.
But if he wants the ball, he needs to catch the ball. The more drops he has on his resume, the worse this becomes.
So if he wants it to go away, just shut up and catch the ball. Do your job. Lead by example.
“I don’t think last year we started off hot, so to say,” he said. “It’s something that comes along. Even last year. Even though we didn’t win as many games, our offense started getting rolling after a little while. It takes time, regardless if the system has been here for three years. Not every person on this team has been here for three years. It’s a new team. It’s got new players.”
Unlike baseball, which is played every day, football is once a week and the mistakes of the past game gets analyzed for a full six days. This is just one example.
And Beckham is lucky that this incident came this week with the Mets in the Wild Card and its aftermath. An incident like this would have been back page news later in the season.
But Beckham and his Giant teammates can easily make this go away. Just do your job this week and win the game.
Even though every loss is amplified, every win covers up the mistakes of the past very easily and every victory is carried over every week.
So go out and do your job. Go into Green Bay and win a game. Beckham needs to step and prove he’s a leader and carry the Giants the rest of the season.