Giants’ Eli Manning: If Odell Beckham isn’t dominating, you get ‘sick’ of antics – NJ.com
Manning delivered more blunt real talk Monday during his weekly radio audience with WFAN’s Mike Francesa, echoing what most Giants fans said and many local columnists wrote in the aftermath of Beckham’s brilliant on-field performance and off-field antics in Sunday’s win over the Ravens: We won the game, and he was a superstar, so we’ll deal with it.
But when Beckham isn’t playing well and the Giants are losing …
“I think with the win, you can ignore it a little bit easier. Let the coach handle it,” the quarterback told Francesa. “Obviously, we’ve got to be careful about getting penalties late in the game, and putting our defense in a bind right there.
“But he made plays, so it’s one of those deals where, you can get real sick of it if you’re not going out there and making plays. But when he goes out and has a couple of huge catches, 200 yards and a game-winning touchdown, you still want to be smarter, but it’s definitely a little bit easier.”
Translation: You just had a historic game, so I’ll look the other way. But please, keep your helmet on and stay the hell away from the kicking net.
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Beckham finished Sunday’s must-win with eight catches for 222 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning 66-yard catch-and-run touchdown. But righ after he reached the end zone, he ripped off his helmet – a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct foul – and then “proposed” to the kicking net.
The penalty could have been a major issue for the Giants, as Baltimore was down just four points with 1:24 to go, plenty of time to mount a late-game drive. Which the Ravens did, getting down to the Giants’ 24-yard line before time ran out.
Giants coach Ben McAdoo spoke along the same lines as Manning earlier Monday on his conference call with local reporters.
“He came up to me right after,” McAdoo said when asked about the penalty. “We had a discussion about it. Can’t have it. He knows that. He went out and wanted to fire up the kickoff coverage team and the defense. He knows we can’t have it.”
And on the kicking net: “We need to keep our focus on the ballgame.”
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