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Odell Beckham-Tom Coughlin reaction: Internet takes sides as Beckham faces suspension

Nah. The Internet would never do that.

Odell Beckham celebrates after a touchdown on Sunday
Odell Beckham celebrates after a touchdown on Sunday
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Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants likely faces a one-game suspension following Sunday's penalty-filled debacle against the Carolina Panthers.

Peter King of MMQB agrees with yours truly that Coughlin failed Sunday in not dealing with the situation during the game. King said basically that in the moment Coughling became unrecognizable:

"By not pulling him out of the game hebasically was saying any behavior on the field is OK. That's not Tom Coughlin. I don't know who that is, but that was not a Tom Coughlin thing. That's the thing that would disturb me aside from what I saw in Odell Beckham Jr.

"I think your program has to stand for something, and I don't think the New York Giants want their program to stand for what was some maniacal behavior by Odell Beckham Jr."

Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post says Coughlin should go, but the desperation he showed Sunday is the fault of GM Jerry Reese:

Coughlin has shown, many times, that if you give him a puncher's chance with even a small surplus of talent he can keep you in the ring for 15 rounds.

It's been a while since Jerry Reese has provided him that. It's turned his time with the Giants into a minute-by-minute crawl. And worse, it's turned him desperate. He keeps petulant kids in the game. He makes questionable in-game decisions. He embraces moral victories. If that's what Coughlin has become, then a large part of him has already left the premises.

Pat Traina found fault on both sides, which is entirely accurate.

Traina wrote that "Beckham proved that for all the good he can bring to the operation, he can also sabotage it." Of Coughlin, she wrote that "there's little chance he's going to be able to save his credibility" after exposing a clear double standard for Beckham vs. lesser players.

SB Nation's Thomas George wrote that "Of course Coughlin should have sat him down for a quarter, a series, something, anything." Here's more from George:

How Coughlin could allow Beckham to meander and sulk and help kill his team's chances like this is puzzling. Even Coughlin afterward acknowledged when asked if emotional parts of Beckham's game could derail his team: "Sure they certainly could. As I said, we have made great progress along those lines. Today was a step backward. But I got to believe we will regain that once he settles down, we'll be able to talk about it."

Once he settles down? Seriously?

The Giants believe that the fire and emotion that Beckham exudes is what helps to make him such a grand player. They do not want to kill it. I understand that. But there are moments it should be stabilized. There are moments it should be shut down. This fiasco here on Sunday was one of them. The Giants act like they are walking on very thin eggshells with Beckham. Why? And, especially, why Coughlin?

Steve Politi of NJ Advance Media wrote that Beckham became "unhinged" on Sunday, adding that "it's on the people around him to make this a teaching moment now. The kid with enough talent to draw comparisons to Jerry Rice looked like more like Dez Bryant on Sunday, and the Giants can only hope he learns from his ugliest moments a pro."

Final thought: Where Beckham, Coughlin and the Giants go from here is unclear. They can't, however, continue down the road they were on Sunday. That is a path to destruction.