Sports Giants' problems are entangled with Odell Beckham Jr.'s future

22:09  14 november  2017
22:09  14 november  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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The Giants might tear things up and start all over again, but how (or if) they do it depends on whether they commit to Odell Beckham Jr . They have to decide soon.

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The Giants' biggest problem right now is that Ben McAdoo isn't their biggest problem. That's saying a lot, because based on the results on the field and the reports out of his locker room, he's a huge problem.

They have problems at least as large at general manager, which are only partly related to the specific blame Jerry Reese gets for their 1-8 record. And their biggest problem of all — tying together the coach, general manager, owner, quarterback, record and everything surrounding them — isn't even playing.

Of course this all circles back to Odell Beckham Jr.

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Everything with this franchise circles back to Beckham, for whatever reason, very few of which have to do with how he celebrates touchdowns or how his relations with his kicking nets are doing.

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Looming above the owners’ decisions on McAdoo, or Reese, or both, is Beckham's contract, and the fact that he's spending the technical last year of his rookie deal with a broken ankle that ended his season in Week 5.

Beckham has his fifth-year option for 2018 ... and that's about all that's certain about the Giants for 2018. They could have a little turnover by firing McAdoo, or a big overhaul by letting go of Reese. But not re-signing Beckham means his time with the franchise was wasted, and that really would be starting from scratch.

Odell Beckham Jr.© (Getty Images) Odell Beckham Jr.

Whoever comes in next year, or whoever stays, has to wrestle with the uncertainty about Beckham. And no matter what the coach, general manager and even the owner have grumbled and griped about during Beckhman's tenure — and it seems like they do that far more than they show appreciation for how otherworldly he has played — having his contract status hanging over their heads will be worse.

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In the big picture, he's all they've got right now.

It's already being forgotten that if Beckham were healthy all season, including the preseason, this might be a different year in the Meadowlands, and the doubts about the future for McAdoo, Reese, Eli Manning and others wouldn't even exist. Beckham deodorized a lot about the team and the franchise last season. He’s not around to do it this season.

That will have to be measured against his durability when the Giants start talking about their separate stated goals — his, to be the highest-paid player in the NFL, and theirs, to keep him there. Owner John Mara said after Beckham broke his ankle in the loss to the Chargers in October that it won’t discourage the Giants in contract talks, partly because (as he said at last month’s owners meetings, according to NJ.com), "Knowing him, he will work so hard to get back. He has so much pride.”

The problem is brass tends to be equally adamant about how immature Beckham is, and how they wish he'd grow up, and how that’s just dragging the team down. How valid that is the way this season has unfolded, since they're hot garbage on offense without him, remains to be seen.

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But the Giants could decide they'll give McAdoo another chance, or that they'll stay with their decades-long philosophy of staying the course with their internal management hires and strategy and keep Reese. That would mean them making a call about Beckham while sitting on a broiling-hot seat again next year.

Or ... the next general manager and coach get that dropped into their laps, along with undoing the rest of the damage of this season and figuring out who the quarterback of the near-future and distant future will be.

Of course, maybe they won’t view Beckham as the blight on franchise history and on decent society that he's often portrayed to be by the current regime.

That alone would be reason for change, now or later.

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