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Eli Manning thinks Odell Beckham’s Carolina outburst was “the exception”

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 23:   Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants celebrates his touchdown with  Eli Manning #10 in the in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on November 23, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Getty Images

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham has always been demonstrative. But it took a dark turn in December, when his matchup with Panthers cornerback Josh Norman turned into a brawl.

Despite that, Giants quarterback Eli Manning said in an interview with ESPN that he thought Beckham made real progress last year in terms of controlling his emotions.

I think Odell has gotten better,” Manning said, via Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News. “I think he learned you don’t want to be that guy. Let your talent, let your play kind of do the speaking for you. I thought this year he was much better. I thought the Carolina game was the exception. He kind of reverted back to his old self.”

That’s a generous assessment of a guy who let an opponent not only get in his head, but set up residence there long enough to get cable and mail. The spearing Beckham gave Norman late in that game is the exact kind of thing commissioner Roger Goodell was referring to when he suggested that two personal fouls in a game should net an ejection.

But Beckham has always been flamboyant, dancing after big plays and inciting that kind of behavior from opponents as well.

“He’s got a great heart,” Manning said. “He practices hard, he plays hard. He wants to be great. He does so many things that are exceptional, kind of sets the example of how guys should practice and play he game. He made a mistake, he knows it, and he’ll learn from it. I don’t see it being a future problem.”

Manning knows he’s not going to keep Beckham from celebrating big plays, and is fine with that, since it means there are big plays worth celebrating.

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41 Responses to “Eli Manning thinks Odell Beckham’s Carolina outburst was “the exception””
  1. thefootballgodssay says: Feb 19, 2016 9:06 AM

    NYG 2016

  2. siriusred67 says: Feb 19, 2016 9:07 AM

    What about the punches he threw at the Bills (and somehow got away with)?

  3. deprado1 says: Feb 19, 2016 9:07 AM

    Why is this still news? Move on. Norman was not an innocent bystander. I was at that game – on the first play Norman body slams Beckham in front of a ref but no call. Now Norman knows he can get away with anything. Beckham responds – both were wrong, but in 30 other games Beckham does not have a penalty.

  4. key2heat says: Feb 19, 2016 9:24 AM

    26 interceptions in 2016 for Eli.

  5. intrafinesse says: Feb 19, 2016 9:28 AM

    Outburst?
    Trying to intentionally injure another player is a lot more than an outburst.

    Norman should have been penalized, but Beckham did far worse.

    —————-deprado1 says:
    Feb 19, 2016 9:07 AM
    Why is this still news? Move on. Norman was not an innocent bystander. I was at that game – on the first play Norman body slams Beckham in front of a ref but no call. Now Norman knows he can get away with anything. Beckham responds – both were wrong, but in 30 other games Beckham does not have a penalty.

  6. dukeearl says: Feb 19, 2016 9:32 AM

    deprado1 says:
    Feb 19, 2016 9:07 AM
    Why is this still news? Move on. Norman was not an innocent bystander. I was at that game – on the first play Norman body slams Beckham in front of a ref but no call. Now Norman knows he can get away with anything. Beckham responds – both were wrong, but in 30 other games Beckham does not have a penalty.
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    Not a fan of either team.. that was hardly a “body slam”.

  7. dukeearl says: Feb 19, 2016 9:38 AM

    Deprado1, just read the rest of your post. doubling back and targeting a head shot at Norman would be a foul in any game.

  8. TB12RALLYCRY says: Feb 19, 2016 9:39 AM

    If someone else is talking about this chances are he hasnt changed at all and given the right situation he will simply act out again….that goes for both Norman and Odell ………

  9. ketch20too says: Feb 19, 2016 9:42 AM

    all the “look at me, aren’t I great” showboating has turned me off to the NFL. Rarely watch anything but Hawks games(yes I see the irony there) because I can’t stand the silliness of these people who think they are the greatest because they got a first down or made a catch. Isn’t that your job?

  10. darealsmiley4284 says: Feb 19, 2016 9:55 AM

    Doesn’t matter; a great WR doesn’t make a great team.

    BTW, as a proud Mohawk Native American (yes; the same tribe that was impersonated by the Boston Tea Party), I proudly yell “HAIL TO THE REDSKINS” on Sundays! We all do. Don’t fall for the liberal agenda; us Native Americans DON’T CARE ABOUT THE NAME REDSKINS.

    —rez 505; Devils Lake North Dakota.

  11. classclown71 says: Feb 19, 2016 9:59 AM

    “That’s a generous assessment of a guy who let an opponent not only get in his head, but set up residence there long enough to get cable and mail.”
    _________________________________

    That paints a very vivid picture and is a great piece of writing!

  12. arpy911 says: Feb 19, 2016 10:00 AM

    He needs more Larry Fitzgerald and less Dez Bryant.

  13. thefootballgodssay says: Feb 19, 2016 10:08 AM

    Eli 12 ints or less in 2016

  14. richiethegreek says: Feb 19, 2016 10:17 AM

    “That’s a generous assessment of a guy who let an opponent not only get in his head, but set up residence there long enough to get cable and mail.”
    —————————–
    Very good, Darin.

  15. floratiotime says: Feb 19, 2016 10:22 AM

    The Panthers never recovered from the psychological beating Odell delivered. You’re welcome Broncos.

  16. waldoampere says: Feb 19, 2016 10:25 AM

    Then Eli said, “Look, it’s not like he sat naked on a trainer’s head.”

  17. robadat says: Feb 19, 2016 10:26 AM

    3 PF assessed and 3 others that could have been thrown in that game are not an exception. TC & Eli failed as leaders by allowing OBJ to continue acting like a goon and not getting him off the field and calmed down before his PF penalties hurt the team.

    As much as I dislike Norman, there did come a time before that spearing where he did cool his act and then took a few shots after plays that were clearly initiated by OBJ.

    OBJ should have been tossed from that game and his suspension was well earned. Eli should pay some attention to what his players are doing and put them in their places before they start racking up PF’s and ejections/suspensions. That’s what real veteran leaders do.

  18. BringBackTheFlex says: Feb 19, 2016 10:30 AM

    “Don’t fall for the liberal agenda; us Native Americans DON’T CARE ABOUT THE NAME REDSKINS. ”

    Apache/Yaqiu here: Yes we do.

  19. msarcher1 says: Feb 19, 2016 10:31 AM

    He is the new Dennis Rodman.

  20. romosmicrodongs says: Feb 19, 2016 10:33 AM

    Wow darealsmiley how did you beat the censorship? Gj.

    Also odell has the maturity of a twelve years old

  21. romosmicrodongs says: Feb 19, 2016 10:34 AM

    Bring back the flex, what rez do you live on???

  22. ebr362 says: Feb 19, 2016 11:02 AM

    OBJ gives me the impression of a star that let all the success go to his head. His behavior was that of a spoiled baby that got his binky taken away in that game.Hopefully for giant fans someone reels him in a bit, he’s great to watch.

  23. spitfisher says: Feb 19, 2016 11:04 AM

    Eli Manning is dead wrong, that sort of behavior Odell displayed began at childhood and was allowed to perpetuate.

    Eli rather than state anything about anything pay attention to the play clock and what down it is instead.

  24. ohand16 says: Feb 19, 2016 11:08 AM

    And Eli Manning is wrong. Beckham is a crackpot who will eventually self destruct.

  25. thisonesforpat says: Feb 19, 2016 11:08 AM

    “We shall see.”
    –Phillip Seymore Hoffman, Charlie Wilson’s War

  26. Mo Pro Babble says: Feb 19, 2016 11:11 AM

    BringBackTheFlex says:
    Feb 19, 2016 10:30 AM
    “Don’t fall for the liberal agenda; us Native Americans DON’T CARE ABOUT THE NAME REDSKINS. ”

    Apache/Yaqiu here: Yes we do.

    Hmm, Native American on Native American hate speak? So who get to make the call?

    Do I get a vote being of Iroquois/Abenaki/French lineage?

    We live in a world that’s drowning in N word rap lyrics yet only 13% of the American population gets to use the word with impunity. Actually, it’s even worse. It’s inserted into lyrics as a setup to give one group the excuse to physically legally assault another group if they get caught repeating the word.

    Can’t we all just get along?

  27. drewzducks says: Feb 19, 2016 11:20 AM

    He may be right, however the Giants missing the playoffs yet again is the rule, not the exception.

  28. rcali says: Feb 19, 2016 11:27 AM

    Is Beckham the Kanye West of the NFL? Loads of talent, people used to like him, but now everybody thinks he’s acting like a petulant child?

  29. bigblue431 says: Feb 19, 2016 11:37 AM

    Holy cow, can we please move on from this? It happened months ago.

    While we’re talking about stale old news, let’s talk about TO working out in his driveway and Plaxico shooting himself.

    This is what happens in the dead time after the SB and before the draft and OTAs and there’s nothing else to talk about.

  30. skittlesareyum says: Feb 19, 2016 11:41 AM

    ketch20too says:
    Feb 19, 2016 9:42 AM
    all the “look at me, aren’t I great” showboating has turned me off to the NFL. Rarely watch anything but Hawks games(yes I see the irony there) because I can’t stand the silliness of these people who think they are the greatest because they got a first down or made a catch. Isn’t that your job?

    ———————-

    I am guessing you also hated the era of Irvin, Owens, Moss, etc. etc.

  31. billswillnevermove says: Feb 19, 2016 11:46 AM

    No it’s not. The guy is a punk. He did the same crap in the Bills game, threw punches then ran away like a scared little girl. Hid behind his teammates.

  32. nflgtcfl says: Feb 19, 2016 11:54 AM

    Regardless, he was the proverbial straw that broke Coughlin’s back

  33. bigbluefan1 says: Feb 19, 2016 11:58 AM

    For all of you who bash Odell don’t you really wish he played for you

    He is a kid he will grow up
    And he will still be great

    Call him a show off yeah a bit but if he is a show off how do describe Cam

  34. abninf says: Feb 19, 2016 12:21 PM

    But Beckham has always been flamboyant
    ====================================

    Flamboyant is the perfect word haha. He’s “flamboyant” on and off the field. He should go ahead and come out of the closet.

  35. tommyribs says: Feb 19, 2016 12:58 PM

    I am a GIANTS fan, I am a Beckham Jr. fan.

    This is the only time he is ever allowed to have a game like that.

    He can’t ever have one like that again.

    If he doesn’t, then this will just be a bump in the road. If he does, it will be what he is known for regardless of whatever else he does in his career.

  36. arpy911 says: Feb 19, 2016 1:05 PM

    At least Josh Norman got to sob on the sidelines after the Super Bowl.

  37. ftomasic1961 says: Feb 19, 2016 1:45 PM

    diva with special gloves….

  38. kev86 says: Feb 19, 2016 2:06 PM

    one of the best WRs is the NFL and still getting better at 23 years old. fans of other teams are jealous because he gets a lot of attention and is really good.

    great pick by Reese at 12.

  39. jason9696 says: Feb 19, 2016 2:24 PM

    They both should’ve been tossed during the game and suspended a few more. That was some of the most embarrassing stuff I’ve ever seen during a football game.

  40. captainwhodat says: Feb 19, 2016 2:29 PM

    did Eli mean to say exceptional instead of exception?

  41. jag1959 says: Feb 19, 2016 8:47 PM

    robadat says:
    Feb 19, 2016 10:26 AM
    Eli should pay some attention to what his players are doing and put them in their places before they start racking up PF’s and ejections/suspensions. That’s what real veteran leaders do.
    __________________

    Leadership comes in different forms. ‘Putting them in their places’ is not Eli’s style, never has been. He is a do it right, lead by example type.

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