How will the Browns manage the EGO’s in the locker room?
The Cleveland Browns have been amazing so far in free agency. They were winners during the tampering period, because they were able to land Odell Beckham Jr., but what happens if the Browns do not come out and win right away?
While Odell Beckham Jr., has been one of the most prolific wide receivers in the NFL, he has also been one of the biggest babies. Last year, when the Giants were 25th in the NFL for total yardage, 21st in passing and 29th in scoring, the former LSU wide receiver started calling out everyone, but most importantly his quarterback Eli Manning.
“I don’t feel like I’m being given the opportunity to be the very best that I can, to bring that every single day— and that’s really all I want to do, to bring that every single day. Since I’ve been here I’ve put up numbers, records have been broken and all those good things, not to say mean nothing to me, but I know they could have been double, or tripled whatever they are now. That’s the part that bothers me.”
Beckham Jr. has always wanted to win, so has Baker Mayfield and Jarvis Landry, and while Odell said last year that money is not important to him, there are rumors floating around that he wants a new contract in Cleveland.
“If I don’t get to help attribute to a team’s win, or do anything like that, I’m not going to be OK with it —- Money or No Money.”.
It is funny how he says the money is not an issue, but rather the sense of winning. I like that but I want to play the devil’s advocate here. What happens if Baker does not get him enough balls?
Will OBJ do what he did to Eli last season? Throwing him under the bus in the middle of the season?
“Like I said, I feel like he’s not going to get out the pocket. He’s not— we know Eli’s not running it. But is it a matter of time issue? Can he still throw it, yeah, but it’s been pretty safe and it’s been, you know, cool catching shallow and trying to take it to the house. But I’m you know, I want to go over the top of somebody.”
And if his QB is not the problem, maybe coaching will be. Will Odell throw Freddie Kitchens and his offensive staff under the bus like his last team?
“I feel like in the past five years they found a way to run a Cover 2, keep everything in front and that’s how they play me, and there’s no way to say “How do we beat this?”. I feel like I’m being out-schemed, and I also don’t have a chance to like, do something. Oh, I gotta take a slant and go 60? Not to say it’s not fun, but I want those easy touchdowns too. I watch everybody across the league, all the top receivers get the ball the way they should and if they don’t they say something about it.”
While I am not saying Odell Beckham Jr. is a problem child, you have to see the Giants side of things too. The Giants felt Odell’s ego was too much for their locker room. He didn’t have his former college teammate lining up across from him and a quarterback who many deemed the cockiest in the draft class. There is a lot of ego in the Browns locker room, will they be able to focus moving forward?