New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning doesn’t care much what star wideout Odell Beckham Jr. does so long as the offense scores and the team wins.
Beckham was one of the most lambasted athletes in the country over the past few weeks for his tantrums. The guy went from hitting inanimate objects to crying and more before exploding for 222 yards and two touchdowns against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 6.
Manning admitted to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post he finds it easier to overlook the noise if the LSU product makes plays:
He made plays and so it’s one of those deals where you can get real sick of it if he’s not going out there and making plays, but when he goes out and has a couple of huge catches and 200 yards and a game-winning touchdown, you still want him to be smarter, but you accept it a little easier.
One could argue this is how any quarterback feels about his star players. Others could suggest this is a questionable leadership comment and Manning needs to have better control of his locker room. He is, after all, the face of the franchise and the veteran leader.
No matter which side of the fence one falls on, it’s not hard to see the writing on the wall—everything will remain calm in New York so long as things keep going well.
With the Cowboys in control of the NFC East, though, it looks like quite the combustible environment. If the Giants can remain mature no matter the outcome of games, good things can and will happen as the roster grows.
If not, Manning will surely drop more interesting comments about his top weapon.