Odell Beckham Jr. caught a lot of flack for his role in the dysfunction within the Cleveland Browns organization. The three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver had his fair share of struggles during his three seasons in Cleveland. However, OBJ has opened many eyes since joining the Los Angeles Rams.
Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk is happy the Browns cut ties with Beckham. In his eyes, the front office made a huge mistake and dropped the ball in handling the midseason drama.
Marshall Faulk says everyone is laughing at the Browns
Marshall Faulk spent seven of his 12 NFL seasons a member of the St. Louis Rams. More than 15 years removed from his playing days, he still roots for his old team.
Faulk has been following the Rams’ run to the Super Bowl, and he’s been impressed by what Odell Beckham Jr. has done in his short time with the team. In a recent appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, the seven-time Pro Bowler explained why the Cleveland Browns fumbled their handling of OBJ.
“Let’s be real,” Faulk said. “We’re laughing at the Cleveland Browns, saying, ‘You got it wrong.'” The Hall of Famer couldn’t contain his laughter, but he genuinely believes the team made a mistake not doing more to make it work with Beckham.
“In Cleveland, when they didn’t have a Cooper Kupp, or Higbee, or Jefferson, they couldn’t find a way to get Odell the ball. Now [in LA], he’s fitting in, and they find ways to get him the ball with no problem.”
It’s clear that Marshall Faulk thinks highly of Beckham’s talent and suggests shame on the Browns for wasting a unique talent.
Odell Beckham Jr. proved he wasn’t the problem in Cleveland
Odell Beckham Jr. and the Cleveland Browns seemed like a solid match on paper after the team acquired him from the New York Giants in 2019. OBJ got the opportunity to reunite with his LSU teammate, Jarvis Landry, and help develop a young quarterback in Baker Mayfield.
Beckham had a pretty good first season in Cleveland. He recorded 74 receptions for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns. However, the drop-off was significant compared to his time with the Giants.
The New Orleans, Louisiana native battled injuries in the 2020 season, but he wasn’t himself when he was on the field. As Marshall Faulk alluded to, the offense failed to live up to expectations. Beckham and Mayfield couldn’t seem to get on the same page, and the rift came to a head in the middle of the 2021 season.
OBJ and the Browns parting ways was the best-case scenario for the wideout. He’s been a seamless fit on Sean McVay’s squad. Beckham felt the love from the organization, and he’s back to being himself on the football field. Now he gets an opportunity to compete for a Super Bowl title.
Meanwhile, the Browns wasted their 2021 season and missed the playoffs. Despite being painted as a scapegoat in his previous stops, Beckham is thriving in LA.
Will OBJ win his first Super Bowl with the Rams?
Odell Beckham Jr. took the NFL by storm in his early years with the New York Giants. He put together three straight seasons with 1,300 plus receiving yards and double-digit touchdowns. Known for his highlight-reel catches, OBJ was on top of the world. That was until the relationship soured, and he fell out of favor in New York.
When Giants general manager Dave Gettleman pulled the trigger on sending Beckham to Cleveland, it was a shock to many. The fresh start wasn’t quite that, though, as his time with the Browns featured plenty of drama as well.
It wasn’t until OBJ arrived in LA that he had a chance to play for a team that valued him and knew how to use him. Joining the Rams has been the best thing that could’ve happened for his career.
Marshall Faulk suggested the Browns got it wrong with OBJ, and he’s right. The eighth-year receiver is proving he still has what it takes to be a playmaker in the NFL. It just took the right team to maximize his talent.
The Rams are an immensely talented football team, and they’re hitting their stride at the right time. The front office gambled on Beckham, Matthew Stafford, and Von Miller in 2021. Each move came with some risk, but it’s been worth the reward.
Odell Beckham Jr.’s road to Super Bowl 56 hasn’t been easy, but he’s changing the narrative. Bringing home the Lombardi Trophy would be the cherry on top.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.