Mike Francesa applauds Giants' John Mara reprimanding Odell Beckham | Others blame Mara


With the Giants headed nowhere again in 2018, co-owner John Mara came down hard on Odell Beckham and soft on Eli Manning.

Mara said Tuesday at NFL meetings in New York that he still believes in the struggling Manning and that all players need to play better. He also wants Beckham to “do a little more playing and a little less talking.”

Beckham’s recent comments showing a lack of support for Manning, coach Pat Shurmur’s playcalling and playing in the New York market were the kind of moment Mara feared when he signed Beckham to a record-breaking extension. The Giants reportedly fined Beckham.

Reaction to Mara’s remarks have been mixed.

In one corner, there is WFAN radio host Mike Francesa, who blasted the Giants last week and included this sentiment in his opening monologue Tuesday:

“Finally, it’s about time, that somebody made that comment from a position of ownership to Beckham …You know what, truer words were never spoken than that. Maybe, maybe, that snaps (Beckham) out of it.”

The problem is this: They are 1-5 and they can’t fix their problems. That’s the problem. Did the owner need to come out and tell Beckham in no uncertain terms that he needs to be quiet? Yes, he did. And he finally did, and maybe Beckham gets it or maybe he doesn’t. But that’s John’s problem. John’s the one who paid him.”

In the other corner, you have former Jets center Damien Woody, an analyst for ESPN.

Here is where coach Pat Shurmur falls:

“I have addressed the Odell stuff. Odell is a member of the New York Giants football team and we’re going to work with every player to become the best they can be, not only on the field but off the field. So when things happen, we talk behind the scenes and we’re trying to make everybody as good as they can be in really all areas of their life. That’s the way it works.”

Ryan Dunleavy may be reached at rdunleavy@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @rydunleavy. Find our Giants coverage on Facebook.

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