"Thirty-six, I don't think that is ancient for a quarterback", Reese said. But Giants coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese aren't thinking that way. First and foremost, it set in motion the dreaded "D" word for sports teams - distraction.
Odell Beckham Jr. was a big reason the New York Gaints finished the regular season 11-5 and went into the postseason with high hopes; however, they ran into a wall.
While some might say a hot Aaron Rodgers was destined to beat the Giants, the reality is Beckham and Shepard's drops of potential first-half touchdown passes (along with a key, early third-down drop by Beckham) prevented the Giants from opening up a large lead that may have been hard for the Packers to overcome. I can assure you Beckham and other Giants aren't the only players in history to spend an off-day down in South Beach less than a week before a football game.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Hiring Ben McAdoo to replace Tom Coughlin as coach, spending a mint on the defense in free agency and picking up a couple of gems in the first two rounds of the National Football League draft got the New York Giants back to the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
"I think just having those outbursts are going to hinder him in some regard", Cruz said on WFAN Tuesday.
Both Detroit and Oakland, which lost to Houston, 27-14, were defeated on the road after blowing chances in Week 17 to earn a home playoff game, and in the Raiders' case, a first-round bye. Opportunities come from what you did while you were playing.
The Giants looked stunned, just like how the Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals looked last season after Rodgers pulled off similar feats. As for the undrafted rookie Lewis, a roster bubble player who had seven catches this season, it definitely was not a wise move to get caught up in this mess.
To prove that thesis, read about some of the legendary stories surrounding Ken Stabler and some of the Oakland Raiders back in the day, who won an very bad lot despite an affinity for partying hard, or sit under the learning tree of those who knew New York Yankees Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle back in the day if you want to hear some wild stories. "Obviously when you win, it takes care of all those things".
Beckham has become a star by partying and making one-handed catches, not by his performance on the field. He was calm and composed during his postgame media conference Sunday, saying, "these are the learning experiences, as tough as they are".
"Obviously, being lumped into the entire scenario, I'm an adult", Cruz said.
Beckham at least realizes that the ill-conceived trip created a firestorm. "I just think offensively, as a whole, it just didn't function as a unit like we thought it would". Unfortunately, going to the playoffs is different.
Beckham played in his first playoff game on Sunday. We'll talk through it and I believe - I know - he's a smart guy.
Asked if it would be good for Beckham if the young receiver could control himself more, Beckham said, "I mean, obviously". He especially needs to understand there's plenty of time to travel and party after the season.