Odell Beckham, Jr. has spent a lot of time and effort pointing out to us and anyone who will listen that the league is biased against him. He has routinely complained about being harassed and molested on the field with no consequences to his assailants.
He has a point. His coach, Ben McAdoo, has come to his aid and promised to raise the issue to the league office. We’re still waiting for their response, which is unlikely to come anytime soon. Beckham has become to realize that his complaints are falling on deaf ears.
“There’s really no point in talking about it,” Beckham said on Wednesday. “Like I said, everyone knows what’s going on on the field. Everyone can see it. Stevie Wonder can see it. It just is what it is. You can’t do anything about it. There’s no point. I shouldn’t have even brought it up. It’s always a lose-lose situation. Either you’re speaking out on it and trying to defend yourself or the other way around in which you’re complaining. Either way it goes, I shouldn’t have ever brought it up. Nothing is going to change. No calls are going to be made because of what I say now. You just have to keep playing. You know what you’re going against. It’s the Giants against everyone. I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
So, going forward we can hopefully expect Beckham to turn the other cheek, just like his peers, Atlanta’s Julio Jones and Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown, who have overcome the same treatment by raising the level of their play. Beckham should do the same.
Football is a team game and Beckham should stop the whining and do what he can to help his team win football games. It appears he’s ready to do that. The offense has been putrid most of the season, especially the past few weeks. Beckham knows that needs to change.
“If the offense was the only part of a football team, I would still feel that we need to score as many points as possible,” he said. “It’s a lot harder to beat us if there’s 35 points on the board. That’s just always been my mentality. As an offensive guy, even when I watch. I was watching the Steelers play. They’re up on us and they’re going for it on fourth. It’s not a disrespect thing, it’s just I don’t want you to have a chance. I want to end the game. Our foot is on your throat, I’m going to step on it. I’m not just going to ease off of it. We need to score more points and be more productive. Just have to overall execute better.”
With the 11-1 Dallas Cowboys coming to town this Sunday, the Giants will need to score more points than they’ve been scoring if they intend on winning. Right now, they are averaging just over 20 points per game, but have struggled mightily to put together cohesive drives. Last week, they fizzled out on fourth downs and in the red zone, which is a bad combination.
The Giants have not been able to put teams away. Beckham was asked if the mentality of this offense is to “put their foot on the throat” of the opponent.
“I think that’s always been the goal,” he said. “It’s just a matter of happening or not. To beat a team like this, that’s going to be the only way. Have to outscore them. Our defense has to make more stops than their defense. We have to do more on special teams. We’ll see what happens on Sunday. That’s a very, very good team that we’re going against. Just have to wait and see.”
Yes, we will.