Count Phil Simms among those who believe Odell Beckham Jr.’s controversial comments will save the Giants and not destroy them.
“What Odell Beckham Jr. did with that football team, I really believe [that] finally the air is clear,” Simms says on Tuesday night’s broadcast of “Inside the NFL” on Showtime. “It’s over and I expect the Giants to come out Thursday night and play the Philadelphia Eagles and play their best game of the year… That damage, I think, it will galvanize the football team.”
Galvanize is a word that quite a few people have used to describe the effect of Beckham’s ESPN interview. Pat Shurmur used it after Sunday’s game (although it was pointed more toward how the Giants’ locker room reacted to the Beckham situation than Beckham’s actual comments). Beckham has since tried to make the case that he feels his interview has helped the team bond.
“There’s nothing that is going to come in between my brothers, my teammates,” Beckham said on Tuesday. “This is something that is going to pull us closer.”
Simms, of course, played on the same team with Lawrence Taylor, so he knows what it’s like to be teammates with a generationally talented player who can become a distraction at times.
“If a little adversity and friction destroys your team, you’re not a team to begin with,” Simms said. “I don’t think what went on there is going to destroy the Giants’ football season.”
In fact, he said:
“I think the Giants can win that division at 1-4 almost as equally as any other team.”