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!

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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).

LeSean McCoy Fires Drew Rosenhaus Again, Looking for New Deal

While Michael Vick gets most of the attention when talking about the Eagles offense, Philadelphia has an equally important player who lines up behind Vick.  LeSean McCoy has quietly become on the the best running backs in the NFL.  Like many other young running backs in the league, he is underpaid and making only around $500,000 in base salary this season and next.  Naturally, McCoy wants an extension and a lot more money.

Reports have surfaced that indicate McCoy and the Eagles are currently negotiating a long-term deal, but apparently the talks are taking place without agent Drew Rosenhaus.  According to Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network, McCoy fired Rosenhaus this week for the second time in about a month.  Last month, McCoy ended his relationship with the self-proclaimed super agent but Rosenhaus apparently gave him a good enough sales pitch to bring him back on board.

The interesting thing about this situation is that Rosenhaus also represents DeSean Jackson, who has been candid about wanting a new deal with the Eagles as well and even accused of shying away from contact because of it.  Philadelphia only has so much money to go around, and McCoy and Jackson will undoubtedly be looking to become two of the highest paid players at their respective positions.  That could very well have something to do with McCoy’s decision to part ways with Rosenhaus, who will have a tough time getting both players a huge payday from the same team.

Between the possibility of Jackson being advised to give less than 100 percent to protect himself and the Terrell Owens era in Philly that may have strained the Rosenhaus-Eagles relationship, McCoy may have had enough.

Keith Bulluck: LeSean McCoy Is an ‘Internet Gangster’

New York Giants linebacker Keith Bulluck is the latest to chime in on the Giants-Eagles saga between LeSean McCoy and Osi Umenyiora. To recap what happened, McCoy responded to a report that Umenyiora wants a new contract by saying Osi is soft and the third best lineman on the Giants. That didn’t sit well with Umenyiora who fired back by calling McCoy a “chihuahua” and saying the Giants nicknamed him “Lady Gaga.” Now one of his teammates has joined the fray.

Appearing on NFL Network, Bulluck was asked some questions about twitter and the McCoy-Umenyiora beef. That’s when he worked in the “internet gangster” line.

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LeSean McCoy: Osi Umenyiora is Soft, Third Best Lineman on Giants

Talking trash on Twitter is a lot easier than doing it in person.  Talking trash on Twitter to a person who you probably won’t have to face twice next season is even easier.  Eagles star running back LeSean McCoy, who has quickly emerged as one of the best fantasy running backs in football, has seen his fair share of Osi Umenyiora since coming into the league a couple seasons ago.  Apparently, the Pittsburgh product is not impressed.

When he caught wind that Umenyiora was complaining about the Giants failing to cash in on a promise that they would renegotiate his contract, McCoy took to Twitter to call out the man who has recorded 60 sacks in his seven-year career.

“Overrated n soft 3rd best d-line on his team honestly,” McCoy wrote as CSNPhilly.com pointed out.

The Gaints have a good defensive system and breed good defensive lineman, but Umenyiora recorded 11.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles last season.  Those are game-changing numbers from a guy who was a huge reason the Giants were able to pull of the greatest upset in NFL history back in 2007.  Do the Giants need Osi to be successful?  That remains to be seen, but they would probably survive without him.  However, you could certainly make an argument that he is the best lineman on the roster.  Whatever problem McCoy has with him must have roots that are deeper than we’re aware of.