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Giants lack the locker-room leadership to control OBJ

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 25:  Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants looks on in the fourth Quarter against the Washington Redskins during their game at MetLife Stadium on September 25, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Getty Images

In many respects, Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. can blame only himself for the struggles arising from his inability to control his emotions. In other respects, the Giants bear plenty of blame, too.

As one league source explained it to PFT, the Giants lack the locker-room leadership that would have nipped OBJ’s issues in the bud, forcing him to comply with the expectations of veteran teammates long before Beckham’s outbursts became a distraction for the rest of the organization.

Quarterback Eli Manning isn’t wired to tell a fellow player what needs to be said, and guys like Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyiora, Shaun O’Hara, David Diehl, and Chris Snee are long gone. Beckham became a star quickly, and by the time he emerged as a target for opposing defensive backs based on his temperament, it was too late for anyone in the locker room to even try to change him.

Compounding the problem is the fact that the Giants have missed on so many first-round picks in recent years. Beckham became the centerpiece of G.M. Jerry Reese’s argument for ongoing employment.

The Giants now have few options when it comes to dealing with Beckham. The apparent plan is to hope that intense media and fan scrutiny shames him into behaving, and that he’ll still be effective after self-clipping his wings a bit.

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18 Responses to “Giants lack the locker-room leadership to control OBJ”
  1. whenwilliteverend says: Oct 9, 2016 3:32 PM

    Make him inactive for a week. If he’s going to hurt your football team then send a message.

  2. JSpicoli says: Oct 9, 2016 3:35 PM

    Eeyore really didn’t get the Manning leadership gene.

  3. joetoronto says: Oct 9, 2016 3:40 PM

    This snow flake needs to grow a pair and fast.

  4. MichaelEdits says: Oct 9, 2016 3:40 PM

    “OBJ is my favorite player,” said no one ever. Don’t go away mad, OBJ, just go away.

  5. realfootballfan says: Oct 9, 2016 3:40 PM

    So another team would be able to tell a grown man what to do? Interesting. People try too much psychology with football when this is pretty simple. He’s kind of sucked this year on the field. If he starts going for 150 and 2 TDs every week again, everything will be fine.

  6. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Oct 9, 2016 3:41 PM

    As a Packer fan I endorse the message above. lol.

  7. 6250claimer says: Oct 9, 2016 3:52 PM

    OBJ should study & try to emulate Larry Fitzgerald. It’s really not that complicated.

  8. trainwrecksryan says: Oct 9, 2016 4:04 PM

    Eli Manning as been the Giants’ starting QB for, what, 13 seasons, and still doesn’t possess the necessary leadership skills?!

    Speaks volumes.

  9. styro1 says: Oct 9, 2016 4:10 PM

    OBJ needs a safe space on the field where opposing players are not allowed to trash talk. What a delicate snowflake and just a plain ol’ flake.

  10. justintuckrule says: Oct 9, 2016 4:11 PM

    Hogwash. Jpp can dunk him in the tub and that would be that

  11. squackduckhawk says: Oct 9, 2016 4:23 PM

    In fairness to the Giants locker room, they haven’t needed a disciplinarian player committee very often when Coughlin was there. Right now there is a void in accountability.

  12. jacoby66forhof says: Oct 9, 2016 4:24 PM

    Sounds like Keenan Robinson has the same issues in his locker room he accused the Skins of having in theirs before they played each other a couple weeks ago.

    Enjoy NY, Keenan.

  13. moses74 says: Oct 9, 2016 4:25 PM

    trainwrecksryan says:
    Oct 9, 2016 4:04 PM

    Eli Manning as been the Giants’ starting QB for, what, 13 seasons, and still doesn’t possess the necessary leadership skills?!

    Speaks volumes.
    ——————————-

    A two-time Superbowl QB, he is, though

  14. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Oct 9, 2016 4:30 PM

    Vike’s broke him for good. GO PACK!!

    >

  15. 1historian says: Oct 9, 2016 4:58 PM

    Give the clown a boot-camp haircut – for starters

  16. youbettercallsaul says: Oct 9, 2016 5:14 PM

    Good idea for JPP dunking him. How about signing Dr. Phil to help him “resolve his issues” and as depth along the oline?

  17. jag1959 says: Oct 9, 2016 5:21 PM

    trainwrecksryan says:
    Oct 9, 2016 4:04 PM
    Eli Manning as been the Giants’ starting QB for, what, 13 seasons, and still doesn’t possess the necessary leadership skills?!

    Speaks volumes.
    _________________

    18-1, you still mad bro?

  18. charger383 says: Oct 9, 2016 7:45 PM

    he needs to talk to Mike Sams about his problem

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