Rich Gannon: I’m Not Buying The Rams, 8-8 Season Coming

Imagine if Odell Beckham Jr. played for the Patriots, Packers or Saints. Imagine if he had emotional outbursts as a member of one of those teams.

Do you think that Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees would allow that?

Probably not. Which is why Eli Manning might want to help out his rookie coach, Ben McAdoo, in this situation and talk some sense into the combustible wideout.

Or not.

“I think you’ve got to play to your strengths and your personality,” NFL on CBS analyst Rich Gannon said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “Eli’s not a helmet-thrower. When Odell slammed the kicking net, he was trying to talk to him at that point. Clearly (Beckham) is an emotional guy. I don’t think you want to take that away from him, but he’s got to learn to control his emotions better. I think when your own self-interests override those of the team, I think you put yourself and the team at risk. That’s what he’s doing right now. He’s becoming a bit of a distraction. Opponents are very aware of it. They’re trying to egg him on and draw personal foul to get him out of his game a little bit. You can’t allow that to happen. I think between Eli and Ben McAdoo and the (other coaches), you got to sit him down and say, ‘Hey, listen, you can’t continue to do this because you’re becoming a distraction and you’re taking away from all the good things we’re trying to accomplish as a football team.’”

Switching to the AFC, Gannon, who led the Raiders to their last playoff and Super Bowl appearance, weighed in on current Oakland quarterback Derek Carr, who has completed 68.0 percent of his passes for 1,066 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception this season.

Gannon is not surprised by the 25-year-old’s production – or progression.

“Even going back to his rookie year, they were really bad around him,” Gannon said. “The offensive line was awful, they couldn’t run the football, they didn’t have any speed on the perimeter at wide receiver – and this kid still flung it around. I was really impressed with him. The other thing was the toughness. He’s willing to sit in there and take a hit.”

In recent years, however, Oakland has added Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree and shored up its offensive line, which helps explain the 3-1 start.

“They don’t really have the juice or the production you want from the tight end position,” Gannon said, “but other than that, the quarterback is phenomenal. He can fling it. You have to cover the entire field with a quarterback like Carr. They realize the strength of their offense right now is him throwing the ball down the field.”

Gannon will be calling Bills/Rams this Sunday. Los Angeles has won three straight games, but Gannon isn’t buying it.

“No, I’m not,” he said. “I watched a bunch of their tape and what drives me crazy is they’re not even blocking for Todd Gurley. They have eight- and nine-man fronts and they’re trying to run the football, and they got a safety at the line of scrimmage and they’re not even blocking him. Todd Gurley is getting the ball and he’s getting hit two yards in the backfield. They’ve got plenty of opportunities to push the ball down the field to Kenny Britt or Tavon Austin and they’re not doing it. I don’t think (Case Keenum) throws the ball particularly well. He’s not very accurate. They’re not very good on offense. The defense right now is carrying the load in a big, big way. I just don’t know that they can sustain it over the course of a 16-game season. I think we’re looking at another 8-8 season from them.”

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