Good morning New York Giants fans! Here are your updates for this Tuesday morning.
Odell Beckham Jr. Reactions
Beckham's actions has been covered extensively here, including his one game suspension, but that's tame compared to the criticism being hurled at Beckham. Here's what they have to say on the superstar wide receiver.
As frustration built, Beckham lashed out repeatedly, either at the man tasked with stopping him, Josh Norman, or whomever he could get his hands on. Norman, who has shut down just about every receiver he’s faced this season, was in Beckham’s head. Eventually, Beckham went after Norman’s head.
But the worst of it is this: If there was a lesson to be learned for Beckham, it’s not clear he was paying attention. After the game he was either evasive or in complete denial. At first he answered questions about his escapades with a Belichick-like repeating of, "It’s unfortunate we lost."
But when he finally opened up, he didn’t take responsibility for what he did at all.
"Like I said, the second man always gets caught," Beckham said. "That’s something I’ve learned in life. It’s a life principle. And it is what it is."
For the first 25 games of his career, we have witness the beginnings of what sure looks like a Hall of Fame career — the one-handed catches, the breakaway speed, and for the most part, the composure to handle himself with composure despite the nonstop attention. This was a side we haven't seen often. This was an immature 23-year-old losing his cool in a game the Giants absolutely had to win. This was an OBJ that needs to go away...
Josh Norman also had a lot to say on Beckham and shows that he probably isn't entirely blameless for the violence on the field.
Following the final whistle, Norman let loose, first telling CBS that Beckham is a "B—–" and "F— him," and later saying Beckham should’ve been ejected and the league should discipline him for his actions, which included a blindside helmet-to-helmet hit on a running play in the third quarter, one of three personal-foul penalties assessed to the second-year receiver.
But Norman, while visibly upset, was very composed when speaking to a crush of reporters at his locker, never raising his voice despite his pointed comments about Beckham.
"If you're going to be out here and you're going to dance around and prance around like you are a ballerina, that goes to show you ... what kind of player he is," Norman said. "You peel back layers. Everybody saw a lot on national TV."
Eli Manning didn't care for much of Norman's post-game antics.
Eli Manning on Josh Norman: "To the media, he cried a little bit. I didn't think that was necessary."— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) December 21, 2015
The not so Giant playoff chance
The Giants aren't done yet but they will need a lot of help to make it to the postseason.
There is one clear path left for the Giants into the NFL playoffs, but it will require them to do something that neither they nor their fans really want to do:
Root hard for the Eagles and Cowboys in the next two weeks.
Because the only way the Giants can get into the playoffs now is with a little help from their NFC East friends.
The pitiful Giants defense
Late in the fourth quarter in all of these close games and it seems as if the Giants defense has let the team down every single time.
The Giants’ defense has specialized this season in allowing crushing, late scoring drives to cost them games and Sunday was no different in a 38-35 loss to Carolina, as Cam Newton led the Panthers on a game-winning drive with ease.
"I don’t want to say I’m almost numb to it because … we’ve been here," Prince Amukamara said of the latest — and perhaps fatal — blow to their playoff hopes. "You’re disappointed, but you have no one to blame but yourself. There were so many times we’ve shot ourselves in the foot in this game. Carolina does a great job of taking advantage of teams’ mistakes and they did that today."