And Osi’s Off Again…

People got mad when Fuchs posted that the Giants should consider trading disgruntled Osi Umeniyora for S Kerry Rhodes.



Osi is mouthing off again.

According to Ralph Vacchiano

Osi Umenyiora wants to continue his career with the Giants, but if he doesn’t get his starting job back he’s going to just quit.

In the midst of “the worst offseason of my entire life” that’s what the unhappy defensive end said earlier today during an interview on WFAN. He’s still not happy that he was removed from the starting lineup after the Giants’ Thanksgiving night loss in Denver, and he said he has no interest in that ever happening again.

“I’m not going to be a back up player, I can promise you that,” Umenyiora said. “I’ll stop playing football before I do that ever again. This has been just the worst offseason of my entire life. I can’t even think of a time when things were this bad during the offseason. You’re supposed to be relaxing, but I can’t relax because all I can think of is the things that took place last season, you understand? So for me it’s not something that I’m going to do. If I’m asked to come back there and do that then I’ll just stop playing football.”

Umenyiora, of course, is coming off a tremendously rocky season which began with a one-day walkout after a dispute with former defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan, and continued as he struggled to regain his form after missing all of 2008 following knee surgery. His play slipped so far, especially against the run, that he was replaced in the starting lineup by Mathias Kiwanuka for the final weeks of the season.

He was so frustrated, in fact, that he thought his time with the Giants was just about over.

“Did it go through my mind? Obviously, yes,” he said. “Obviously you come through a situation where you’ve been here for a long time and you’ve won Super Bowls, you’ve been to the Pro Bowl a couple of times, then things like that start happening, you start being benched and they say you’re coming in on the third down rush, I think it almost seemed like the writing was on the wall at that particular time. I felt like I had worn out my welcome, because for certain people, no matter what happens, they’ll never take them out of the lineup, you understand what I mean?

“So I felt that way. I felt like maybe it was my last year because of that situation. But you never know man. I hope it’s not. I hope things can be rectified and things can be resolved. But we’ll see.”

Umenyiora is under contract with the Giants through 2012 and team sources have said they have no intention of trading him or releasing him. Umenyiora, however, said at the end of the season that “some things are going to be changed” before he returned to the Giants a happy man.

And the change of defensive coordinators – – from Sheridan to Perry Fewell – – may not be enough, especially since Umenyiora continues to insist that Sheridan wasn’t the source of his problems this season.

“Me and Bill had that one problem, we talked about it, we figured it out,” Umenyiora said. “Throughout the whole season, me and Bill didn’t have another problem at all. It’s surprising to me sometimes when I read some of these things that we butted heads throughout the whole season and we were at odds, because after that one incident me and him didn’t have one problem the rest of the season.”

Umenyiora also again refused to blame Sheridan for the Giants’ worst defensive performance since 1966.

“You can’t blame the defensive coordinator,” he said. “Obviously he made some bad calls, but if he had the players in place I think you can make up for that. But as team we just didn’t play well at all.”


Bartolis take

I like Osi Umeinyora. He’s a talented player, but please be quiet.


We get it you don’t like to be a role player.


But try to keep that in house not out in the open.


Come on Fewell. Let’s inspire this man to do some great things next year (as well as improve the Secondary and the overall defense).

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4 Responses to “And Osi’s Off Again…”

  1. Júlio César says:

    well, he obiviously didn’t play well last year, but he still was the leader in sacks on the team… of course, he was terrible against the running game, but he did his main job on getting to the QB better than tuck and kiwi, so i don’t understand people saying that he played so badly last year and forgeting about tuck (ok, he was injured) and kiwanuka

  2. Jeff says:

    What a pussy. C’mon Osi, stop being a whiny one-trick pony and maybe stop the run for a change.

    After this crap, that Rhodes for Osi trade is looking more enticing.

  3. Jeff says:

    And seriously, would he rather be a starter somewhere else, like Oakland?

  4. Chris says:

    Osi needs to live in the gym this winter and become super strong, a little bigger, and super fit. He also should be watching film of the best DE in football against the run, whoever that is. Then come to camp and be an animal. Then he doesn’t have to worry about being benched. Put up or shut up.

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