The New York Giants have been arguably the worst team in football this season, sporting a horrendous 1-5 record as the offense continues to fall way below pre-season expectations.
Before New York's Week 5 contest with the Carolina Panthers, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said the Blue Crew need to "play with some heart," and he said "I don't know," when asked if quarterback Eli Manning is holding the offense back.
Those comments irked Giants owner John Mara, who fired back at his $95 million wide receiver and said he needs to start playing better.
"I wish he would create the headlines by his play on the field as oppose to what he says and does off the field," Mara said at the NFL's Fall League Meeting, via Kevin Patra of NFL.com. "I think he needs to do a little more playing and a little less talking."
Beckham has been one of the few productive players on a miserable Giants team, with 45 catches for 506 yards and one touchdown. Rookie running back Saquon Barkley has lived up to expectations as well, with 438 rushing yards, four rushing touchdowns and 373 receiving yards with a pair of TD receptions.
But New York's offensive line has been horrible, allowing 20 sacks through the first six games. Manning has taken most of the blame for the team's struggles, however. He has 1,662 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions. The numbers aren't great, but it's hard to play at a high level when the pass protection simply isn't there.
Beckham is known for being outspoken and emotional on the sidelines, but the Giants gave him that $95 million in hopes of finally getting back to Super Bowl status. It hasn't happened at all in 2018, and one can't help but wonder if there will be some major changes after this season - beginning with the quarterback position.