New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman discussed the "culture problem" he believed the team had in the past during an interview with Steve Politi of NJ.com, saying he felt the team no longer had those issues.
During the interview, Gettleman addressed his belief in the importance of culture on a locker room and organization:
"I think some people are still missing it. Football is the ultimate team game. If all 11 guys aren't doing the right thing, you’re not going to be successful. There's more to it than just collecting talent. There is a cultural thing to it that's critical. I have not been on a team that's gone to a Super Bowl that's had a culture problem."
And when asked if the Giants still had culture issues, Gettleman smiled and answered, "Not anymore."
One way that could be interpreted was that trading Beckham helped address that "culture problem," though Gettleman didn't come out and directly say so. But it's hard to imagine why else a team would trade a 26-year-old superstar at a premium position, especially when it didn't have a natural replacement on the roster.
The team did sign Golden Tate this offseason, and while he's a solid player, he isn't on the level of Beckham, who is averaging 6.6 receptions for 92.8 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game in his career. That level of production averages out to 105 receptions for 1,484 yards and 11 touchdowns over a 16-game season.
Those are elite numbers. It's fairly rare that a team would give up that level of production during a player's prime. Gettleman chose to do so, and Beckham enjoyed a laugh in response Monday.
If he helps lead the Browns to the postseason in 2019, he'll be the one having the last laugh too.