LeSean McCoy says he is ready to move past his feud with Osi Umenyiora

Bad news for the blog world: LeSean McCoy doesn’t have anything negative left to say about Osi Umenyiora. Following the Eagles victory over the Giants on Sunday night, McCoy says he tried to bury the hatchet with Umenyiora.

“We crossed paths a couple times, we gave each other the eye,” McCoy said on SportsRadio WIP Monday according to CBS Philly. “In the warmups, we looked at each other funny. I think after the game, it’s time to get over this Osi and LeSean thing because after the game (Umenyiora) said ‘you’re a heck of a player, we’re in this business, let’s get over this.’ He said, ‘let’s be done with it.’

“Being a bigger man, also for myself, you’ve got to focus on the Giants, they’re a good team already. My goal is not an inter-division battle with Osi. It’s with the Giants, and trying to get to the Super Bowl.”

These comments come just over a week after McCoy fired this insult at Osi and said their feud is genuine. Of course, it’s easy for LeSean to say he’s done with the rivalry following a 19-17 victory. Umenyiora may have agreed to “be done with it,” but it will be interesting to see if he is willing to move on from the feud or if he still thinks McCoy is a woman.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Former teammate says LeSean McCoy used to say ‘McCoy’ while juking people

LeSean McCoy is one of the most entertaining running backs to watch in all of football. A lot of backs are criticized for dancing around too much, but McCoy seems to do just enough dancing. He can completely switch fields and turn what looks like a broken play into a 20-yard gain. If you think you’re going to tackle him in the open field one-on-one, think again.

Andrew Taglianetti, a former defensive back and teammate of McCoy’s at Pittsburgh, knows all about trying to tackle one of the most elusive backs in the NFL. He described what McCoy used to be like during practice on his Twitter account Sunday night.

“In case anyone was wondering LeSean McCoy used to break my ankles all the time during practice,” Taglianetti wrote. “The best part of Shady shaking people in practice was he would say ‘McCoy’ as he jukes you. Absolutely fascinating.”

Now that’s what I call building a brand. As Osi Umenyiora can tell you in great detail, McCoy is no stranger to trash talk. But saying your own name as you fake someone out of their cleats? That’s fantastic and original. It must be frustrating for the defender since they’re the one getting juked, but how can you justify getting angry at someone over that? You can’t, which makes it even more brilliant. Hopefully McCoy has taken the trademark to the NFL with him.

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LeSean McCoy: I really don’t like Osi Umenyiora, he’s a ‘ballerina’

LeSean McCoy and Osi Umenyiora have hurled so much trash talk back and forth over the past two seasons that it’s gotten to the point where people wonder if they are joking. Are these two actually best friends who are just toying with all of us and laughing every time we write something about their feud? If that’s the case, they are doing a terrific job of acting.

In an E:60 special that is scheduled to air on Tuesday night, McCoy opens up about the war of words and insists he genuinely dislikes Umenyiora. The highlight has to be when McCoy calls Osi a “ballerina in a Giants uniform,” but he also had the following to say.

“Yeah this is for real — like I don’t like Osi,” McCoy said according to the NY Daily News. “I don’t know how he feels. He might think it’s a game, but I don’t play them type of games. So every time on the field I would say stuff to him like ‘You is a bum … You are the third best defensive lineman on the defense.’ Which I didn’t lie.

“Wait, I did lie. He’s the fourth now, so I actually did lie.”

And the beat goes on. Osi has said McCoy crossed the line with his smack talk in the past, so it will be interesting to see where he ranks these insults. The last real shot that we know of was back in May when Umenyiora wished McCoy a Happy Mother’s day on Twitter, so both of them have been asking for it. We’re glad they have. The Umenyiora-McCoy verbal war makes an already great rivalry between the Giants and Eagles that much better.

Replacement ref reportedly told LeSean McCoy ‘I need you for my fantasy team’

One of the most significant issues with the NFL’s replacement officials is that many of them are fans who have allegiances to specific teams. Unlike the regular officials, the refs working the games now never had to be objective about professional football. Like any of us, they were simply fans prior to this season. According to LeSean McCoy, one of them also joked on Sunday about the fact that he plays fantasy football.

“They’re like fans, kind of though,” McCoy said during an interview with 94WIP’s Anthony Gargano on Monday. “I’ll be honest, they’re like fans. One of the refs was talking about his fantasy team, like ‘McCoy, come on, I need you for my fantasy,’ ahhh, what?!”

Bad calls and inexperience are one thing, but issues like this bring an entirely separate and equally dangerous dynamic to the worsening situation. We have already seen one replacement official pulled after photos of him decked out in Saints gear were discovered on Facebook. In addition to talking about fantasy football, McCoy said he was also surprised when he saw Ray Lewis successfully intimidate an official.

“During the game, they made like a bad call or something, the ref, and I see Ray Lewis like pump his chest up, trying to scare him,” he explained. “Don’t you know (the ref) started stuttering? I’m like ‘what’s this?!’”

A lot of this stuff isn’t the replacement officials’ fault. They are simply rookies who are two weeks into being on the biggest stage of their lives, so mistakes are to be expected. However, they should realize why playing fantasy football given their current position is not a smart idea. Or, at the very least, don’t go chatting about it with the players.

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Osi Umenyiora wishes LeSean McCoy a happy Mother’s Day

It should be no surprise that members of the Eagles and Giants are beefing. It’s even less of a surprise when the parties beefing are Osi Umenyiora and LeSean McCoy.

A refresher for any of you behind on this comedic, at times childish, NFC East feud: During Umenyiora’s contract dispute last year, McCoy, a so-called “Internet gangster,” went on Twitter to call Umenyiora soft, overrated and the third best D-lineman on the Giants. Umenyiora responded by saying McCoy crossed the line and also started referring to the Eagles running back as “she” and “Lady Gaga.”

You would think it would end there, or at least take a hiatus during the offseason, but no. Trash talking in the NFL is a year-round business. So, here we are Sunday, on Mother’s Day, with Umenyiora sending the following tweet out to his 15,000 followers, none of them likely McCoy:

McCoy didn’t respond directly to the Umenyiora, but did post this message on his own feed an hour and a half later:

Let the beef begin? I don’t think it ever stopped!

H/T Pro Football Talk
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Sorry, Aaron Rodgers: LeSean McCoy Says He Didn’t Try in the Pro Bowl

Anyone who gives it 100 percent at the Pro Bowl is treating the fans to a huge bonus.  Nobody expect the players to try.  As we said earlier, going to the Pro Bowl is more of a vacation than a football game for the NFC and AFC All-Stars.  Aaron Rodgers was upset with the lack of effort from the NFC squad last Sunday, but he is surely a member of the minority with that stance.  One player who admittedly disagrees with Rodgers is LeSean McCoy.

“Yeah? I’m one of those guys,” McCoy said when he was informed of Rodgers comments about the NFC team. “You walk around every practice and the guys before the games on other teams are like ‘take your time’ because we’re going on a very slow pace, very easy. And you get out there and you see guys half-doing it and you do the same thing.”

Again, that’s the way it goes.  It is sad that Rodgers is the one making headlines for complaining about it, but that just speaks to what the game represents.  It’s a country club event.  McCoy’s attitude of “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” is one that is shared by most of the players who participate.  Did you see that one run McCoy had where everyone literally gave up at the line of scrimmage — including him — so he just kept on going?  Yeah, that was the Pro Bowl in a nutshell.

Osi Umenyiora: LeSean McCoy Crossed the Line with Criticism

Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora is still upset with LeSean McCoy over comments the Eagles running back made about him during the summer. While Osi was trying to get a new contract from the Giants, McCoy said Osi was overrated, soft, and probably the third-best lineman on his team. Umenyiora says the criticism, at a time when he was trying to get a new deal, crossed the line.

“He ran his mouth, he crossed the line that shouldn’t have been crossed,” Umenyiora said Friday. “If he was going to say something, this should’ve been the week he should’ve said some things like that. I’m not really concerned about that. I’ll see him on the football field, and we’ll go from there.

“What he did was unforgivable. You understand what I mean?” Umenyiora said. “Whenever you see a man in a contract dispute, a fellow football player, you don’t take that opportunity to take your shots at him. You wait until you’re about to play him, then you take your shots.”

The Giants and Eagles meet Sunday night for the second time this season so they’ll be able to square things on the field. As far as Osi’s logic goes, I understand his point. McCoy is trying to get a new contract from the Eagles and has fired and rehired his agent several times. Would he appreciate it if other players criticized him and expressed doubt in his abilities, suggesting the Eagles don’t give him a big contract? Of course not.

It’s one thing for the fans, media, and team to evaluate if a player deserves a new contract, but players should not interfere with their peers’ negotiations (unless the player has become a bad teammate as a result).