It's a shame that the popular MLB statistic "WAR" hasn't fully made its way to the NFL.
WAR, of course, calculates Wins Above Replacement -- in other words, the amount of added value an exceptional talent provides over your average, replacement-level schlub.
So the Steelers trade away @ab84 and the Browns acquire @obj to pair with @God_Son80 and @bakermayfield and just like that you have to think the AFC North is Cleveland’s to lose.— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) March 13, 2019
I just typed that without a stutter.
Not a single Browns fan is even taking a second to question whether they made out like bandits. Not a single Giants fan is happy, unless you're talking about the kind of Truck People who will tell you, "A wide receiver has never won a Super Bowl," and you're actually not sure if they think every Super Bowl champion has had five TEs and seven linemen.
Gettleman, the man who's been entrusted with the keys to a castle he didn't build, but instead drove by once, appears to be one of those Truck People.
And Giants fans, just like that, are meant to trust him through an entire, ground-up rebuild. Emphasis on the ground. Deemphasis on anything exciting.
On numerous occasions, Dave Gettleman has said “you don’t quit on talent.”— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) March 13, 2019
In Carolina: Let Steve Smith and Josh Norman leave.
In New York: Let Landon Collins leave and traded OBJ.
Out of his mouth spills, "You don't quit on talent." But his duplicitous actions involve exclusively identifying talent, then quitting on it when it doesn't fit the exact square peg/round hole blueprint he brought to New York without examining the pieces available. He's the boss who tells you the company can't afford to reimburse your travel, but can afford to buy you a self-help book written by Artie Lange. He's James Dolan's bassist.
Now armed with picks No. 6 and 17 in the upcoming draft, the most likely path for the team bereft of a QB is to hold onto both selections until Draft Day, when it becomes clear whether or not trading up is necessary to get Ohio State signal-caller Dwayne Haskins to lead the next generation of offense. Haskins is intriguing, but far from a sure thing. He also very well might be available with the sixth pick, rendering any trade unnecessary. The Giants traded OBJ for insurance against their own Draft Day panic.
Of course, if he arrives, he won't have Odell Beckham Jr. to throw to. Much like Kevin Durant showing up to the Garden and wondering where Kristaps Porzingis' locker went, the point was to have both.
AFC front office executive on Beckham trade: “If I traded (Beckham) for so little in return like this, I would have been fired. The entire front office would be cleaned out.”— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) March 13, 2019
And that's the best-case Draft scenario. The alternative, of course, involves the Giants selecting the sixth-best defender available with pick six, then taking a slugabed, unloved QB like Duke's Daniel Jones 17th overall, who will also surely come to be associated with "pick six" someday soon.
Odell Beckham Jr. is, by any measure, a top-five most exciting player in the history of the Giants franchise. He'll enter the Hall of Fame in Canton someday wearing the orange and brown, and the Giants fans who supported him through his early days will be a blip in the speech, an offhanded mention he tucks in his sleeve before he moves on to the accolades we all recognize.
Gettleman's great grift was banking on Giants fans associating Beckham with the drama that built around him. We live in an age of viral moments and distractions created by the masses, and OBJ romancing the kicking net or lifting his leg to mimic a dog's urination in Philadelphia were indelible. But they hardly defined him.
Intelligent Giants fans realize that while Odell caused trouble (author's note: there's no defending the boat party), you truly don't quit on talent.
Clear difference in philosophy: The Browns have figured out that having good players is good. The Giants? Well they think having good players is bad. We’ll see who is right.— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) March 13, 2019
Gettleman treated Giants fans like the kelly green turf in the Philadelphia end zone that day in 2017: stepped on, pissed on, and left for someone else to clean up.