Breaking: The Giants Have Traded Odell Beckham Jr. To The Browns

Odell Beckham, aka the Giants best player on the roster and the most talented player since Lawrence Taylor, has been traded to the Browns.

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ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I hate this trade. What the hell is Dave Gettleman doing? WHAT IS HE DOING? He is Phil Jackson with the Knicks. It’s his last job and he’s doing whatever the hell he wants because he’ll collect a pay check at the end of the day.

I can’t even put a competent thought together. I’m so mad right now. Full blog with my complete thoughts will be out tomorrow. I will not sleep tonight.

I Would Do Anything To See Trevor Lawrence As A New York Giant

I’m drunk. I’m actually wasted and yet, I have not had a sip of alcohol. I am drunk on the Trevor Lawrence Kool Aid. When my head hit the pillow last night, Lawrence was all I could think about. His back shoulder throws, his poise in the pocket, his hair, etc. Trevor Lawrence owns my entire brain at this current moment in time and you know what, I’m perfectly ok with that.

I’ve watched these throws over and over and I’m still impressed.

Also, to Quinnen Williams, Lawrence did throw some 50-50 balls and yes, he did get away with some throws thanks to miraculous catches.

My counterpoint would be that the Alabama receiving core is just as good as Clemson’s and yet Tua was not making those throws or taking care of the ball. People always want to bring down quarterbacks and say, “Well, if he didn’t have good receivers, he wouldn’t be that good.” Really? Do you not want your quarterback to have good receivers? You can’t make chicken salad with chicken shit. I’m not holding the talented Clemson receiving corps against Lawrence’s 50-50 balls.

In my lifetime (just about 26 years), there has been one NFL prospect that I can remember that has been a “can’t miss, no brainer.” One prospect that everyone believed would be a star in the NFL and a franchise talent for over a decade. That prospect was Andrew Luck. I firmly believe Trevor Lawrence will be added to that list when he declares for the draft.

Now before you tell me to simmer down, I get it. I’m throwing out a lot of hot takes for a freshman that has only played one season. I’m 200% on the hype train, but Joel Klatt rationally explains why Lawrence still needs reps even though he would be the number one prospect in this year’s draft and next year’s draft.

I said to my friends that Lawrence could have come out of the high school and played in the NFL. Obviously, I’m exaggerating. (Truthfully, I stand by it to an extent. Lawrence would not have been selected in the early rounds, but could he be taken in the middle / late rounds, sit on a practice squad for a season, work his way up to backup, and start on a team when he’s 21 / 22? I think he could. Lawrence threw for 3,042 yards and 26 touchdowns as a FRESHMAN in high school. Lawrence was also considered the best quarterback prospect out of high school ever by Rivals. Some NFL team would’ve gotten drafted Lawrence out of high school).

So here we are. The day is January 8, 2019. Fans everywhere have to wait until mid-January 2021 to see if Lawrence declares for the NFL draft. I don’t care what happens in this draft nor do I care what happens in next year’s draft. (Well, I do care. Draft a billion offensive and defensive lineman.) I want Trevor Lawrence on the New York Football Giants. I’m willing to do whatever it takes *Imagine Dragons voice* to make sure this kid ends up on Big Blue. I tweeted this out last night and the offer still stands. If selling my soul is what it takes, where do I sign?

Trevor Lawrence is Peyton Manning with the ability to throw on the move and lower his shoulder when he runs the ball. I want him and so should you, but he’s going to the New York Giants in 2021.

I Have Convinced Myself That The Giants Can Make The Playoffs

The tank is off.

Let’s go dance in the playoffs.

Wait, really? After a disastrous start to the season, the Giants still have a chance at the playoffs? I just spent the last 20 minutes on a playoff simulator running the numbers and guess what? It’s possible that the Giants can make the playoffs.

I’ve done a total 180 on this season. Once the Giants lost the Eagles game on Thursday night to fall to 1-5, I lost hope for the year. At that point, I figured no good could come from any more wins so the best option was to tank. The plan was working swimmingly as the Giants came out of their bye with a 1-7 record. However, since that bye, the Giants are 4-1 and have a small, SMALL chance to make the playoffs. I know I’m setting myself up for disappointment, and I hate it. I’m Red from the Shawshank Redemption. “Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.”

But you know what? Red saw the impossible happen. Red witnessed his friend, Andy, escape from prison. Red never believed he would see the light of day, but then he was paroled and left Shawshank. Right now, I’m Red reading the letter along the rock wall. I’m watching the impossible happen before my very eyes. Until the Giants are officially eliminated from the playoffs, I’m a believer.

“Remember, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” – Andy Dufresne

Eli Manning Responds To Jalen Ramsey’s Comments, Says “Who?”

If you haven’t read Jalen Ramsey’s GQ article, take some time to read it. If you are a starting quarterback in the NFL, odds are Jalen called you out.

We always ask for honesty from athletes, but when we get it, we’re hypocrites. When athletes are not honest, we rip them. When athletes are too honest, we rip them. Jalen Ramsey loves to talk shit. That’s his M.O. This shouldn’t surprise you that he called out every QB. That’s how he stays sharp on the field and right now, it’s working as Ramsey is in discussion for best cornerback in the league. Here is the short rundown of what he said about each QB.

I really don’t have any problems with what he said besides a few things. Zero reason to call out Josh Allen. That’s a cheap shop. Calling Big Ben “decent at best” even though he’s going to the Hall of Fame and he carved up the Jags in the playoffs is hypocritical. Then, there’s what he said about Eli.

“Nothing without OBJ.”

Well, *checks watch*, I believe Eli is a two time Super Bowl MVP without OBJ. That being said, do you think these comments rattled Eli? Not a chance.

THAT’S MY QUARTERBACK! Did Eli crawl in his hole when the Giants had “no chance” to beat the undefeated Patriots in the Super Bowl? No. Did Eli go after McAdoo when he threw him under the bus? No. Do you think Mr. Cool Eli Manning is going to care what Jalen Ramsey says? Absolutely not.

Eli will bring his lunch pail and show up to work. Nothing scares him. We’ll see you in Week 1, Jalen.

P.S. The Jags defense scares me.

New York Giants Select Saquon Barkley With The Second Pick In NFL Draft

Saquon Barkley is officially a New York Football Giant.

I said I would be a little bummed for one minute if we didn’t take Sam Darnold. I thought we needed to pick a successor to Eli Manning. Sammy D was the clear cut number one QB in this class. QBs are the most important position on the field and we just passed up on one who has the chance to be very special. It’s a tough pill to swallow.

One minute is over. Now, I don’t feel bad anymore.

Saquon Barkley was the best player in this draft, no ifs, ands, or buts. Saquon is the starter as soon as he puts the pads on. Just like I said Darnold was special, Saquon has a chance to be VERY special. Explosive, breakaway speed, and he can catch out of the backfield? Sign me up. With this pick, the Giants just said we are in “Win now” mode, which as a fan, you have to love. If we can sign Beckham to a longterm deal, we will have a nice 3-5 year window to do some damage. We’ll worry about the QB later, but right now, we have our franchise running back.

Welcome to the squad, Saquon! Let’s go to work.

 

What Should the Giants Do With Odell Beckham Jr.?

It’s March 28, 2018, and the Odell Beckham Jr. roller coaster has not even left the station. If this past week was any indication of what’s to come, we are in for a circus these upcoming months.

Let me start off by saying this. I am a Giants fan so this viewpoint is coming from a RATIONAL fan of Big Blue. It seems that whenever OBJ gets brought up in the media, NY fans decide that since they can pick up a phone and dial a number, that qualifies them to become the next manager of the Giants. Bold strategy. Let’s see if it works.

Going into the 2017 offseason, the writing was on the wall. The contract extension of Odell Beckham was looming. If he put up another landmark year in 2017, there was no doubt in my mind that the Giants would have offered him an extension this offseason, which probably would’ve made Beckham the highest paid WR in the league. In fact, Beckham announced that he wanted to be the highest player in the league in a video with Uninterrupted last Summer.

However, Beckham was injured in the preseason, missed most of the regular season, and sat on the sidelines as the Giants had one of their worst years in franchise history. Despite being injured, Beckham clearly gained leverage because of the putrid offense on the field. Beckham is under contract on the fifth-year option of his deal that is set to pay him $8.46 million. Is it time to pay the man?

If I had to pinpoint when the OBJ offseason saga began, I’d start with Beckham’s tweet about how many preseason snaps he will play in 2018.

100% agree. Beckham should not play any preseason snaps. However, announcing that to the public is not a good idea. This tweet could only hurt him more than it could help him.

Fast forward to the NFL Owners Meetings. If that tweet was the initial spark, these meetings were gasoline on the fire. John Mara, who barely speaks to the media, decided to answer questions about if Odell would be on the team this year.

ESPN – Asked if it was possible that Beckham could be on another team’s roster when the season begins, Mara said: “I can’t answer that one way or the other. We’re certainly not shopping him. Again, when you’re coming off a season when you’re 3-13 and played as poorly as we played, I wouldn’t say that anyone is untouchable.”

WHY? You know that answer would cause controversy. All you needed to say was “Odell will be on our team when the season begins.” Case closed. I don’t even care if it’s a lie. Just say basic and simple answers so the media cannot spin your words or run future reports about a trade.

Too late.

The holdout that the Giants dreaded is coming to fruition. It gets worse.

Pat and Dave, WHY? Just say we want Beckham on our team. Say that we are committed to working with Odell this offseason and that we would love to have him back. Say that we want Odell to be a “Giant for life.” Once again, just lie! Don’t give the media nuggets to pick apart. Odell is on the team right now? Right now? So he won’t be on the team in a few months? Awful answers.

Do I think the Giants want to trade Odell Beckham Jr.? No. Do I believe they will listen to offers? Unfortunately, yes. There’s no other reason why Gettleman, Shurmur, and Mara would phrase their answers if they did not want to leave the door open for a trade. As Field Yates said, the Giants sound like a team open for business.

Should the Giants trade Odell?

No.

Should the Giants trade Odell?

Absolutely not.

Odell is not exempt from criticism. His antics both on and off the field have been controversial. Peeing like a dog in Philly, the battle with Josh Norman, the kicking net, and the boat party are not the best look for a superstar who is trying to get paid. Plus, the recent picture of Odell with a model in bed with what appears to be weed and cocaine strengthens the “distraction” argument.

It’s clear that John Mara and Odell don’t see eye to eye. The Giants are highly regarded as one of the most respected organizations in the league so Odell’s antics go against the values of Mara Family. It’s clear that John Mara and Odell don’t see eye to eye. Can they works thing out? I’m not sure.

The immaturity issues and outbursts on the field are valid. However, these issues are not giant red flags that scream “trade.” I would counter that Odell has never failed a drug test nor has he never been accused of domestic violence. What some might view as outbursts, I view as an extremely passionate guy who lets his emotions get the best of him. Odell plays very hard and it shows on the field. Plus, Odell is constantly dissected by the media for every decision he makes and sometimes, it’s very unfair. Le’Veon Bell discusses holding out the past few years and the city of Pittsburgh rallies behind him. Odell talks about being the highest paid player in the league and fans turn on him, calling him selfish and a bum. These fans that call Odell a bum are the same fans that buy his jersey and high-five their friends after he scores his 3rd touchdown of the game.

Speaking of touchdowns, I will not sit here any longer and let people say that the Giants are a better team without Odell Beckham on the field. What planet are these people on? I can tell you one thing, it’s not Earth. The numbers don’t lie.

“The Giants won Super Bowls before without a true top receiver.”

I do not think the Giants should trade Odell Beckham. However, if they received a king’s ransom like Carl Banks tweeted out, the Giants would have to listen to it, no doubt about it. 5 draft picks for one player? I want Odell to stay, but that is a trade worth discussing.

With all that being said, Odell Beckham Jr. is a once in a generation talent. Besides Antonio Brown and possibly Julio Jones (depending on your preference), there is no receiver more talented and game changing than Odell. Thinking about all of the drama in the coming months makes me sick.

The time for dancing around questions is over. Pay the man or trade the man. No more half measures.

Giants Acquire LB Alec Ogletree In Trade With The Rams

Woah. I did not see this coming, but let’s go! Davey G getting to work!

This is a great pickup for the Giants. If you were to breakdown the positions that the Gmen need to address in the offseason, offensive line, running back, and linebacker would be at the top. Ever since the days of Antonio Pierce, the Giants have been craving a linebacker to lead the defense. Jon Beason was a decent fill in, but I wouldn’t call him a stud. It seems like every year has been a revolving door at linebacker with too many names to mention.

New Defensive Coordinator James Bettcher runs a 3-4 so his scheme relies heavily on linebackers so with the addition of Ogletree, the Gmen have found an elite inside linebacker. Ogletree has been a starter since he came into the league in 2013. He was 2nd team All-Pro in 2016 with 136 combined tackles. Last year, he had a combined 95 tackles. Ogletree is 26 years old and entering the prime of his career. This is EXACTLY the type of linebacker that we need.

Cons? It’s a little weird that the Rams would trade him after he signed a 4 year, $42m extension about 5 months ago. He’s not a cheap player and we did give up two draft picks this year. That being said, this trade is so worth it for Big Blue. After getting embarrassed on defense last year, I will take all the of the studs that we can get. Great move for the Giants.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled debate of Saquon or a quarterback.

Pat Shurmur Expected To Be Named Next Head Coach Of Giants

Pat Shurmur, the next head coach of the New York Giants. I like it. Once all the dust started to settle and coaches were getting hired left and right, you had a feeling that the Giants were waiting on someone in the playoffs. Josh McDaniels, Matt Patricia, and Pat Shurmur were the top targets. My thought process going into it was McDaniels or Shurmur would be good options so I’m happy we ended up going with Shurmur. As much as I would’ve loved to have McDaniels, Benny Mac left a bad taste in the Mara’s mouths in terms of hiring a young coach. It’s clear the Giants needed a veteran, offensive minded coach with a positive track record. If that’s the case, Shurmur was the easy choice.

Let’s not undersell Pat Shurmur. The man can coach. Shurmur is an offensive minded guy and he has had plenty of success stories as a coordinator. Shurmur was apart of the successful Eagles NFC Championship runs back in the early 2000s. When he went to St. Louis under Spags, the team went from 1-15 to 7-9 and the offense improved in every statistical category. As a head coach with the Cleveland Browns, his wins and losses won’t show it, but Shurmur was responsible for Colt McCoy’s greatest statistical season as a pro. Shurmur continued to work his magic under Chip Kelly in Philly and now in Minnesota, he’s one win away from the Super Bowl.

Under Shurmur, offenses play well and more importantly, he is a quarterback whisperer. Take a look at his track record of QBs that have thrived under Shurmur:

  1. Donavan McNabb: turned him into the most prolific passer in Eagles history
  2. Sam Bradford: won Offensive Rookie of the Year in St. Louis
  3. Nick Foles: Pro Bowl with 3rd best QBR and 3rd lowest INT % in NFL history
  4. Case Keenum: one win away from the Super Bowl

Shurmur knows how to develop young talent at the QB position and that is exactly what the Giants are going to have to do very shortly. I’m certain that Shurmur will want to take a young QB in the draft to develop and be the successor to Eli Manning (please be, Sam Darnold). I wouldn’t even write Eli off just yet. Look at what Shurmur has done with Case Keenum. I wouldn’t be shocked if Eli has a great statistical year with all of his weapons healthy.

Giants fans, this is a very good hire. 2018 slogan: “From the outhouse to the penthouse.”

Book it. See you soon, Pat.