Browsing Posts tagged Osi Umenyiora

Over the last two days, I have highlighted the Giants’ offensive and special teams. Today, we’ll highlight the straw that stirs the drink–the defense.

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Nothing makes me more irate than listening to professional athletes complain about money and their contract statuses. Hate it.

While most of their careers are short, the money made sets them up for life.  Given Osi Umenyiora’s current situation and subsequent complains, he’s no exception. Umenyiora is in the final year of a seven-year, $41.25 million contract. All things considered, Osi has been very productive. Osi has won two Super Bowls and collected 61 sacks over his first six years of the deal. However, Osi only appeared in nine games last year, leaving many questions about his durability and his age. 

Dating back to last summer, Osi has been very public with his comments regarding his contract status. After complaining about the lack of an extension, Osi failed to appear for the start of training camp. After showing up a few days later, Osi had arthosopic knee surgery and missed half of the regular season.  Osi and Jerry Reese have had an ongoing public spat about the details of his contract. Reese claims that multiple extensions have been presented to Osi, but Osi has scoffed at the offers. 

More recently, Osi has joined Twitter and hasn’t been too shy with his tweets. Osi has commented on Junior Seau’s death, claimed that he too will end up in critical condition after football, and even wished LeSean McCoy a ‘Happy Mother’s Day’. Big words for a guy that has disappeared during both Giant playoff runs. (Only two sacks in the six critical playoff games during 2008, 2011). 

The Giant Way has always been to handle these issues in a private fashion. Other notable players (not named Brandon Jacobs) have handled contract issues behind closed doors. The Giants can’t like all of this negative publicity. 

Cutting, trading, or releasing Osi simply isn’t an option. The NFL Draft came and went and Osi is still a member of the Giants. Plus, the Giants have no incentive to release him and let one of their rivals pick him up. Given the injury to Terrell Suggs, the Ravens may be interested in trading for him, but unless they cough up a first rounder, he’s not going anywhere. 

Going forward, the Giants have no reason to offer him an extension. Justin Tuck, JPP, Victor Cruz, and Hakeem Nicks will all need new deals in the near future. The Giants are clearly trying to get younger and Osi just isn’t a part of that plan. If anything, Osi needs to shut up and focus on this season. Post a big season and then hit free agency. Osi is the Giants’ third best defensive end, which is never a bad thing. However, his long-term future with Big Blue appears bleak. 

Now that the parade is over, the confetti is cleaned up, and the silly Eli, elite debates have been put to rest, it’s time to start thinking about a Super Bowl repeat. To start, the Giants must evaluate their impending free agents and make some tough decisions. In addition, the Giants must think long and hard about two important players who are under contract for 2012, but are very unhappy with the figures involved…

Tom was Tom. Eli was Eli. AP PHOTO

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Before the regular season even began, football fans heard endless rants about the Philadelphia ‘Dream Team’ and how this team was destined for greatness. The Giants were regarded by many as an outcast team with a lame duck coach and shoddy defense. However, the Giants proved to be the best team in the NFC East, winning nine games, including some big wins against New England, the Jets, and Dallas twice. Even after winning their final two games, the Giants are not receiving the credit they deserve. Every ‘analyst’ and ‘expert’ is predicting that the Packers, Patriots, and Saints are by far the favorites to hoist the Lombari Trophy in Indy. However, here are six reasons why the Giants can win it all..

Deja Vu All Over Again??

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Perry Fewell likes to point out he has one year left on his contract. CREDIT: NY Daily News

Speculation mounted in New York this season that Perry Fewell was a goner. General consensus amongst fans and media members alike was that the defensive coordinator’s job would likely be (and should be) filled by someone else (rumors of a Steve Spagnuolo return come to mind…).

Turns out Perry Fewell’s job is safer than anyone knew.

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After last week’s embarrassing loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the Giants (3-2) will look to rebound at home against the resurgent Buffalo Bills (4-1). With next week’s bye looming and an imposing second half schedule, the Giants must have this game.With Buffalo being extremely vulnerable on the ground, the Giants must establish the run early and often. Here are three keys to the Week 6 match-up.

This Week's Key Player--AP Photo

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At the site of their Super Bowl XLII triumph, the New York Giants completed an improbable comeback for another miraculous victory. It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t pretty, and there was plenty of controversy. But the New York Football Giants are 3-1 after sneaking out of the desert with a 31-27 win over the Arizona Cardinals. The victory gives them a share of the NFC East lead with the Washington Redskins.

A 29-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Hakeem Nicks with 2:46 remaining proved to be of the game-winning variety, giving the Giants a 31-27 lead. The Giants battled back from a 27-17 deficit with 5:16 remaining to remarkably score 14 unanswered points. Eli’s pass to Nicks would normally be the play of the game but it’s the previous play everyone is talking about…
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Every week during the regular season, I will be breaking down each Jet and Giant match-up. This week, we are going to start with the Giants who start in the Nation’s Capital on September 11th. Can anyone name a team that has dealt with more injuries than the Giants this off-season? I sure can’t. Heading the M*A*S*H unit is Osi Umeniyora, who is doubtful to play. 

Luckily for the Giants, the Redskins named Rex Grossman their Week 1 starter. Good ole noodle arm completed just 55% of his passes in the pre-season and accumulated a 1-2 record the Washington starter last year. Eli Manning has been playing worse this pre-season, completing just 50% of his passes with no TDs. 

Three things stand out to me when I analyze this match-up and why I see a Giant win coming on Sunday afternoon.

The Giants MUST Account for Mr. Hightower

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On the other side of town, the ‘Clueless’ New York Giants have watched Kevin Boss, Barry Cofield and Steve Smith leave via free agency. The Giants have only added center, David Baas from the 49ers to a five-year, $27.5 million deal. Losing two of Eli’s favorite receiving weapons and essentially rebuilding the offensive line will leave many key questions on offense. On defense, the Giants haven’t addressed their linebacking core and watched Osi and Prince go down with injuries. 

In my mind, the loss of Kevin Boss is absolutely inexcusable. Boss has averaged 550 yards and 5 TDs over the last two seasons, providing Eli with a great red zone target. The emergence of Hakeem Nicks has definitely helped in the red zone, but Boss drew cover and the Giants will try to replace that production with Travis Beckum, who has 21 career receptions. 

I’m not losing sleep over Steve Smith leaving for Philadelphia. Eli still set career highs in completions and touchdown passes last season with Smith had 48 catches in nine game last year before suffering a knee injury. Expect Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham to be key cogs in the passing game with Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs sprinkled in. 

The NFC East is going to be one of the toughest divisions in football. The Eagles have reloaded and the Cowboys are finally healthy. Do I think the Giants are a playoff team right now? I don’t, but things happen. If the Giants front seven can finally start playing together, I think they’ll have some success. Will that be enough to compensate for Jerry Reese’s ‘clueless’ off-season? Only time will tell. 

The Giants sent a message to Ahmad Bradshaw yesterday by calling his bluff and inviting free-agent running back Jason Snelling to camp. With Snelling at the Giants’ practice facilities for a meeting with coaches, Bradshaw finally came around and agreed to terms on a new deal.

Meanwhile, if Osi Umenyiora wants to leave, the Giants have granted him permission to do so.

More on both situations after the jump.
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