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A Big Blue Nightmare

The Browns have a better plan and a better future than the Giants.

March 14, 2019 - 10:42 am

It’s been more than 24 hours, and the NFL world is still reacting to Odell Beckham Jr. going to the Cleveland Browns. Everyone is weighing in. 

Even George R.R. Martin, who took a break from apparently not writing more Game of Thrones book to blog about Beckham. He wrote: "Beckham was not only the best receiver on today’s Giants, but he was the best receiver this storied NFL franchise has EVER had in their long history, and probably the best receiver they will ever have. They are certainly not going to replace him with the 17th overall pick in the forthcoming draft... I thought the last two seasons were rough for Giants fans. Next year is going to make them look like the good old days. Someone pinch me. I am having a Big Blue nightmare."

The father of the Mother of Dragons is spitting straight fire! Am I right?!?

That is one hell of a Song of Fire And Ice! Hey-ooooooo!

But knowing Martin’s love of the Giants, that shouldn’t have been a surprise. Nor should it be a surprise that the spin coming from some circles in New York is that Odell Beckham was a problem. Or more specifically a quote, pain the ass.

According to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, the move was "absolutely not a football decision” according to one source. 

And then there’s this from a source: "He had become too much of a pain in the ass. And there was a real fear that eventually it would get worse."

The only thing that’s surprising is that it took this long for the team to get this out there. Because it was the most predictable thing ever. As I said on the show yesterday, it was going to come. There was going to be a justification for why the Giants broke off their best receiver ever, just months after signing him to a huge extension.

And that justification for a football team trading Odell Beckham Jr. as that it was “absolutely not a football decision.”

Right, and the Giants are absolutely not a football team right now. If you are a football organization and your job is to win football games, trading the future Hall of Famer who you signed a few months ago, for non-football reasons, means you aren’t much of a football organization.

That means you made one horrible decision in signing him and now you’re making another horrible decision in trading him. Testing the theory of can two wrongs make you right? 

And as for the second part, you knew that was coming too. The idea that "He had become too much of a pain in the ass. And there was a real fear that eventually it would get worse."

When did he become a pain in the ass? 

Do you want to pin this on him trashing the field goal net and then proposing to it later to make up for it? Because that was in 2016. 

Or do you want to blame it on Beckham fighting with Josh Norman? Because that was in 2015. 

In other words, those things happened years ago. And you signed him to that monster deal in August, 2018. 

So they aren’t trading him because of the field goal net or Josh Norman or any of that. Because all of that happened before they signed him to the new contract.  

Now, if you want to say that it’s because of the interview he did with Lil Wayne, I’ll grant you, that was after you signed him to a new deal. But if a professional sports organization’s response to an interview with Lil Wayne is to trade the best receiver they’ve ever had, I’m sorry, that’s on the organization, not the receiver.

If you sign a guy to a massive contract and then trade him because of one interview, you shouldn’t have signed him to that contract in the first place.

Maybe Beckham isn’t the guy you want to have around for a rebuilding project. I could see that argument. But again, if that’s the idea behind the trade in March, why sign him to a new deal in August? The problem is, they were the last ones to know they were rebuilding. They went 3-13 in 2017 and somehow thought they were a running back away from being good

Hence drafting Saquon Barkley. And then they started last season 1-7. You went 4-20 in your last 24 games, they were a terrible team; but they were the only ones who didn’t know it. 

So now a front office that didn’t know it was rebuilding until it was too late has to make a desperate move because they’re rebuilding?

And here’s the problem with that rebuild. They’re already a couple years too late. Trading Odell Beckham doesn’t make Eli Manning any younger. And it doesn’t make the offense line any better. It just takes away Eli’s best target and the only reason to not cram 40 guys into the box on defense. 

So maybe they finally address the quarterback situation in this year’s draft. Maybe they get Dwayne Haskins and maybe he turns out to be better than everyone from last year’s draft. That would be great for New York. I’d like that, I really would. Because the NFL is better when the Giants are better. 

But if that happens, they better not be doing any touchdown dances or talking about their plan. Because that’s not planning, that’s luck. That’s blindly stumbling into something, as opposed to having a plan and working it.

I’m not going to guarantee that Beckham will be a success in Cleveland, because nobody knows anything, but I sure as hell like his odds. And I like the fact that by all accounts, his teammates in New York liked him. And that a lot of the issues, like trashing field goal nets, seemed to come from frustration with a losing situation. And now he’s in a winning situation. 

But again, maybe the Giants didn’t want Beckham around for a young quarterback because they thought he could negatively impact that situation. Okay. Fine. But what does that tell you about the respect the Cleveland Browns have for Baker Mayfield and his leadership that they’re saying, hell yes, bring him to us. Let our young quarterback work with him and grow with him.

It says that in this trade, and overall, the Cleveland Browns are a better organization than the New York Giants right now. Meditate on that for a moment. The Cleveland Browns have a better plan and a better future than the New York Giants. And it’s not even close. There’s your Big Blue Nightmare.