Odell Beckham Jr. What Needs To Be Done

Dec 20, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) yells to the fans before a game against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 20, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) yells to the fans before a game against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Odell Beckham Jr. has struggled emotionally since he came to the Giants three seasons ago. At the tender age of 24 Beckham as many are saying is still young and he surely has room for growth, maturity and further development on and off the field. .  Don’t we all?

There is no reason not to believe that perhaps Beckham will straighten himself out, grow up and fly right.  That said here are our observations about Beckham to date.

The idea that Beckham needs to straighten out his act and grow up is an out of the book idea from those who know little about personality and just simply provide the easiest logical solution.

I most often find that this solution comes from those who do not know better.  And in the end they are just the ones who not only make matters worse by taking this course of action associated with this percept—but they further enable it.

The party line that Beckham is passionate about football and this is why he behaves the way he does is demeaning to all on his team.  Are we saying that Beckham is more passionate than others which gives him license to behave the way he does? Or are we just making excuses for what is clearly non-enhancing behaviors?

I think we can all agree that Eli Manning is one passionate player—yet he does not act the way that Beckham does.

Beckham seems to have problems with emotional regulation and my best guess is that he has had these issues for a very long time. The spotlight of being in the NFL and on the Giants has only exacerbated these personality features.

People like Beckham always regret their behaviors after the fact and are often remorseful.  Beckham is self-reflective after he acts out—not before. This is a hallmark trait of those who act in this manner. His capacity to self-reflect is a good omen, it just has to come before he acts.

Beckham appears to have problems with feeling like he is in a diminished position which he finds intolerable. Thus, he immediately has to either retaliate or act out in a fashion that diminishes or alleviates intolerable feelings.

His now famous interaction(s) with Josh Norman and others, are clear examples of this.  As are his antics with the kicking net and the hole in the wall in the Packer facility-and so on.

Next, Beckham presents as having issues with focusing and attending both on and off the field.  His dropped passes attest to that and he needs work on catching a football—simple as that. If he learns to focus off the field this will transfer to on field production.

We live in a world in which those who are in the spotlight are under intense scrutiny. Unfortunately optics are everything. So the boat trip the week before the Packer game to Miami with his buddies while it was his prerogative, and his coach and teammates seemed unfazed by it, did not do Beckham any good.

In fact some writers blamed his poor performance on the trip.  While highly unlikely it did speak to his overall judgment which appears to be compromised.

If I were playing against Beckham at this stage, I would be telling all to trash talk in his ear all game long.  Given who he is, there is a good chance that his production will suffer from such—and my best guess is that it has.

For those who are advising the Giants to part ways with Beckham well that is your prerogative. At this point there is no need to and the Giants are not going to do it anyway so it is a moot point.

Think about it, Beckham has performed at a level that few others have performed at in their first three years in the league. One can only imagine what he would have done had he been more under control and intact. If Beckham needs to act in the manner he does in order to perform—he is in trouble.

If not-well then there is no reason for Beckham not to conquer his issues, however he just and those around him need to correctly identify what those issue are and take the correct course of action to rectify them.


You all go follow the shiny object and see where it gets you and us. Maybe you sell stories and get viewers, but you do not do us justice by following the shiny object. You all made money– and let’s see where it is going to lead us!