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

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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.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  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.
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    Not a fan of either team.. that was hardly a “body slam”.

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

  5. 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 ………

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. “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.”
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    That paints a very vivid picture and is a great piece of writing!

  9. “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.”
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    Very good, Darin.

  10. 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.

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

    Apache/Yaqiu here: Yes we do.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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?

  15. 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?

  16. 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.

  17. 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?

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

  18. 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

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.
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    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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