In a wide-ranging interview with NJ Advance Media on Easter Sunday, New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman touched on a number of topics, including what he feels was a positive change to the team’s culture in recent years.
“I think some people are still missing it,” Gettleman said. “Football is the ultimate team game. If all 11 guys aren’t doing the right thing, you’re not going to be successful.
“There’s more to it that just collecting talent. There is a cultural thing to it that’s critical. I have not been on a team that’s gone to a Super Bowl that’s had a culture problem.”
Did he have one with the Giants?
“Not any more,” he said with a satisfied smile.
Gettleman’s comments came on the heels of an Odell Beckham Jr. trade, which sent the superstar wide receiver to the Cleveland Browns. But it wasn’t the GM’s only career-defining move.
In addition to trading Beckham, Gettleman also allowed safety Landon Collins to walk via free agency, while trading away other talents such as Jason Pierre-Paul, Olivier Vernon, Eli Apple and Damon Harrison.
While the Giants feel confident in their sudden culture change, at least one of those former players feels a bit differently.
In response to a an article courtesy of Hot New Hip Hop on Monday, Beckham seemed to lash out at the Giants and any fans who doubted his effort.
Beckham’s “thinking out loud” soon turned into something else.
In response to some of Beckham’s apparent criticisms, Giants fans took aim at his ESPN interview with Josina Anderson from 2018 in which the receiver appeared to suggest he preferred Los Angeles weather and a quarterback other than Eli Manning.
“Uhh, I don’t know ,” Beckham said via NJ Advance Media at the time. “I feel like … he’s not going to get out of the pocket. We know Eli’s not going to run it. Can he still throw it? Yeah. It’s cool catching it shallow and trying to take it, but I want to go over the top of somebody.
“I want to be the best that I can. I don’t feel like I’m given the opportunity to be the very best that I can be. I feel like I could score every quarter, if given the opportunity. I know those numbers could be double, or triple that they are right now.
“I just haven’t been in this situation. I haven’t been in the place where I feel like I can really go out and do everything that I’m capable of doing. I don’t get 20 targets, like some other receivers.”
Beckham, now without fear or reprisal, appeared to defend his earlier comments.
While it’s easy to understand Beckham’s frustration, his recent tweets seem to fall on the shoulders of Manning, Sterling Shepard, Saquon Barkley and others who had no part in his departure. He tried to take the high road, but in typical Beckham fashion, he couldn’t keep his personal feelings out of it, and in expressing that, he opened yet another can of worms in which the masses will feast.