Raissman’s Upon Further Review: On Beckham, voices Cough up

By on December 21, 2015
Bob Raissman

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Updated: Monday, December 21, 2015, 12:27 AM

Fox voices Joe Buck and Troy Aikman question how Tom Coughlin could let Odell Beckham get away with his embarrassing performance Sunday. We’re still waiting for an answer.Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Fox voices Joe Buck and Troy Aikman question how Tom Coughlin could let Odell Beckham get away with his embarrassing performance Sunday. We’re still waiting for an answer.

Yeah, but?

Through two quarters of Odell Beckham’s embarrassing meltdown, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman vividly described a player who had lost control. A player who folded after dropping a touchdown pass early in the first quarter. Yet it was not until the third quarter of Carolina’s 38-35 win when the voices answered the essential question.

Yeah, Beckham, a guy put on a pedestal by the local media, more than lost his cool. He exposed himself as a me-first guy who bought into the hype of his matchup with Josh Norman. Bought into it to the extent it totally messed his mind. BUT, how could that behavior be tolerated by a disciplinarian like Tom Coughlin who has no use for that kind of selfish attitude.

An attitude making Beckham mostly a non-factor on offense — unless you value his extraordinary ability to create unnecessary penalty yardage.

This is not “the Giants way.” This is not the way of an organization constantly celebrated by a fawning media for its “dignity” and “class.” Perhaps this finally dawned on Buck in the third quarter when Fox aired a shot of Beckham in a contentious verbal exchange with receivers coach Sean Ryan.

“I’m shocked Tom Coughlin is not a part of that conversation,” Buck said.

Wonder if ownership was equally shocked?

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Fox kept its camera on Beckham. He was walking along the bench, ranting at teammates, most whose eyes were focused on the ground. “I’m with you Joe,” Aikman said. “We both think a lot of Tom Coughlin and the way he runs a program. I’m just really surprised that he really hasn’t done more with Odell Beckham.”

Yeah, like get in his face? It’s not like he hasn’t done it with other players LIVE on national TV. Or, as Carl Banks suggested on the radio side, pull Beckham from the game.

Considering his postgame remarks, Coughlin did not consider either option. While watching all this go down it could be easily perceived there currently are a separate set of rules for Beckham. Would Coughlin had allowed Orleans Darkwa to remain in a game after committing his third unnecessary roughness infraction? Penalties born of ego rather than hustle.

Up to the point in the third quarter where they finally called Coughlin out (wonder if Giants ownership was tuned in), Aikman and Buck not only identified Beckham as the instigator, but spiced the commentary with emotion. “I’m probably speaking for most of the country, but I’m just tired of watching it,” Aikman said.

Disgusted would have been a better description.

And after Beckham rammed his helmet into Norman’s ear hole (they should work this shot into that new movie “Concussion”), Buck asked Aikman if he had ever seen a guy thrown off his game to the extent Beckham was.

“They ought to throw him out of the game,” Aikman said. “…He’s hurting his football team. He hurt it by dropping the ball. He hurt it with multiple penalties. Tom Coughlin, he’s not normally a guy who tolerates this.”

Yeah, but he did.

No matter how great Beckham turns out to be, it will be hard forgetting the way he not only embarrassed himself but Coughlin too on national television.

For if you saw those pictures of Beckham lashing out, and you listened to Buck/Aikman, you asked the following question: Who is running the Giants? 

SHAW OFF
Considering he was still in need of emotional rescue well into the third quarter, it’s safe to say Beckham didn’t hear Terry Bradshaw’s pep talk.

“Brother Odell, he just needs to settle down,” Bradshaw said at halftime. “He’s a superstar and he has done NOTHING to help this football team after dropping a touchdown pass. Do something!”

IT’S A BROCK
Ian Rapoport, the NFLN snoop, ruined John Elway’s morning.

On “GameDay Morning,” the Rap Master reported Peyton Manning does not want to be Brock Osweiler’s backup. The GDM panel was placed in an awkward position.

“I don’t want to poke holes in Ian’s information, but this is one of those stories (where) I’ve got to hear John Elway say something, Gary Kubiak say something,” said Marshall Faulk. “I need to hear Peyton Manning say something. These are serious allegations.”

Beckham spends most of his day throwing tantrums.Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Beckham spends most of his day throwing tantrums.

Michael Irvin, who wasn’t waiting for confirmation, got to the heart of the matter. “What it sounds like to me (is) Peyton is saying either I start or I quit,” Irvin said. “That’s mind boggling to think that the great Peyton Manning will say I quit.”

Soon after the report, Elway came out spinning on Twitter, calling it “incorrect,” which naturally ESPN”s “Insiders” gleefully reported.

This saga played on with Rapoport responding on “GDM” to Elway’s tweet , saying: “What I do know is that there are plenty of people who know that Peyton does not want to be the backup.”

He did not reveal that the sainted Manning is allergic to clipboards. 

LONDON CALLING
London Fletcher, the CBSSN TOPS analyst, continues being a force to be reckoned with.

After Chris Simms delivered a much-too-long Sunday morning soliloquy on why the Giants would beat Carolina, Fletcher — concisely — drew a valid conclusion, saying. “You, Chris Simms, should be a used car salesman.”

Bravo!

GIVE ME A B
Brian Billick is quite versatile when discussing NFL personnel issues.

On NFLN’s “GameDay First,” a live shot of the Indy Colts cheerleaders warming up aired. The picture clearly inspired the pontificating former Ravens

coach. Why else would he say: “Whoever is picking them (the Colts cheerleaders) should pick the talent on the field too.”

Since Billick made his observation off camera, we could not see if he was drooling.

CHIPPING IN

Colin Cowherd’s love affair with Chip Kelly knows no bounds.

Cowherd still might want to get some advice from an adviser, producer, or garage attendant before he throws his next Pity Party for the Eagles coach. Sunday morning on Fox’s “Kickoff” show he was railing about the “Philadelphia media being brutal” on Kelly.

Please, stop whining.

KETCHING UP

This must be the future of NFL pregame shows.

Either that, or the producers of TOPS are running out of segments.

Why else would they have a simulated football game using squeeze bottles of ketchup and mustard as participants. This is what happens when you have four hours to fill.

Brandon Tierney, suddenly a huge fan of Todd Bowles, took this all in stride.

“It (this segment) is like a scene from Dumb&Dumber.”

Now that’s an honest man. 

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