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Osi Umenyiora: Falcons are ‘most talented team I’ve probably seen in my life’

Osi-UmenyioraOsi Umenyiora was unhappy with the way his role had diminished with the New York Giants over the past couple of seasons, which is why the veteran defensive end seems thrilled to have signed a two-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons. Umenyiora played a significant role on two Super Bowl champion teams in New York, but those teams were not the best he has seen from a talent standpoint. You can probably guess which one is.

“This team is the most talented team that I’ve probably seen in my life,” he said during a press conference on Thursday, according to Around the League.

Is that so? Umenyiora comes from a team that featured a two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback in Eli Manning. When healthy, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz make up one of the best receiving duos in football. On defense, New York has a front seven that boasts Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul. If the Giants weren’t loaded with talent, Umenyiora probably wouldn’t have had an issue with playing time nor would he have had to accuse the team of making him look bad.

“They had some very good football players there (in New York),” Umenyiora said. “Obviously I wasn’t able to play as much as I’d have liked. There was just no way you could put all of us on the phone at the same time. Statistically, that definitely played a role. You’re only going to be able to produce as much as you’re out there on the football field. I wasn’t able to be out there on the football field as much as I’ve been accustomed to.”

Again, that was probably because the Giants had so much depth and talent. The Falcons are undoubtedly loaded with talented players like Roddy White, Julio Jones, Matt Ryan and Tony Gonzalez. Umenyiora’s comments are simply a bit strange in that he won two championships with that team he refused to mention by name. I believe the scientific term for that is “sour grapes.”

Osi Umenyiora is engaged to former Miss Universe Leila Lopes

New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora has collected a lot of trophies throughout his career, including but not limited to two Super Bowl championships in the past five seasons. However, winning the Vince Lombardi trophy may not be the 31-year-old’s most impressive achievement.

According to the NY Post, Umenyiora proposed to his girlfriend Leila Lopes last week over dinner in Atlanta. It appears that she said yes, as Osi later shared some photos on Twitter of the couple’s trip to Europe and referred to her as his “fiancee” on several occasions.

The 26-year-old Lopes won the Miss Universe competition in 2011, so you could say she is quite the catch. The couple reportedly met last year during Fashion Week. She may not be the most famous beauty pageant winner in the country at the moment (thanks to this young lady), but Umenyiora should certainly be proud to call Lopes his future wife.

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Osi Umenyiora: No question the Giants are the best team in football

After their dominating 42-14 win over the Houston Texans on Monday night, most experts, analysts and fans are calling the New England Patriots the best team in football. Osi Umenyiora agrees that no team is playing better than the Patriots right now, but he still feels as though the New York Giants are the team to beat.

“When the Giants are playing our best, there’s no question we’re the best team in football,” Umenyiora told ESPN 98.7 on Tuesday, via the Star-Ledger. “We’ve just been inconsistent. So if we can play the way we’re capable of playing – the way we played against San Francisco, the way we played against Green Bay, the way we played against the Saints for the majority of the game – I don’t think there’s a team that’s better than us at all.”

The Giants are the reining Super Bowl champions, so technically they are still the team to beat until the trophy changes hands. In terms of going head-to-head with New England, history certainly tells us New York has the edge. That being said, consistent play is one of the factors that determines who the best team in football is. The Giants have been able to get hot at the right time in past seasons, and they’ll have to do it again this year as they have just a one-game lead over the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins in the NFC East.

We know the Giants hardly lack confidence and love to let everyone know about it. They have proven they can beat the NFL’s best teams when they play their best football, but that can be said about a lot of teams. If the G-Men don’t find that consistency of which Umenyiora speaks over the last three games of the season, they may not have a chance to defend their title in January and February.

H/T Pro Football Talk
Photo credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Osi Umenyiora: RG3 is best quarterback we’ve faced all season

New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora is starting to come around on Robert Griffin III. After initially refusing to call the Redskins quarterback by his nickname “RG3,” the Giants defensive end has become the rookie’s biggest fan.

“That guy is flat-out unbelievable. I’m not even going to lie. That’s the best quarterback we’ve played this year,” Umenyiora said after Sunday’s game, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.

The Giants managed a 27-23 home win over the Redskins, but it did not come easily.

After being down 20-13 in the fourth quarter, Griffin made several incredible plays. RG3 led the Redskins on an 11-play drive where he converted two fourth down plays before losing a fumble at New York’s 27. After they got the ball back on a turnover, they kicked a field goal to make it 20-16.

He led a 7-play, 77-yard touchdown drive on their next possession, including a conversion on a fourth-and-10. Even after the Washington defense allowed a 77-yard touchdown to Victor Cruz, Griffin had the offense moving until Santana Moss lost a fumble to lose the game.

Griffin’s final stats for the game: 20/28 for 258 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He also rushed nine times for 89 yards.

If you believe Umenyiora who says Griffin is the best quarterback the Giants have played all season, that means the rookie is better than Tony Romo, Josh Freeman, Cam Newton, Mike Vick, Brandon Weeden, and Alex Smith. There’s quite a bit of talent in that group, so that makes Umenyiora’s compliment even more meaningful.

Osi Umenyiora vs. Robert Griffin III history
July – Osi Umenyiora only calling Robert Griffin III ‘Bob’
September – Osi Umenyiora now willing to call Griffin ‘RG3′
October – Osi Umenyiora now calling RG3 ‘Sir Robert Griffin’

Photo credits: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE, Matthew Emmons-USPRESSWIRE

Osi Umenyiora praises Robert Griffin III, says he now calls him ‘Sir Robert Griffin’

For someone who was critical of Robert Griffin III having the nickname RG3 when he entered the NFL, Osi Umenyiora sure has made a complete turnaround. It only one game for the Redskins rookie to earn the respect of the veteran defensive end. After Griffin’s stellar NFL debut against the Saints in Week 1, Umenyiora immediately said he is willing to call him RG3. Now, he has even taken it a step further.

“His name is Sir. His name is Sir Robert Griffin,” Umenyiora told the Star-Ledger on Thursday. “That is what I refer to him now. I mean, look at what he’s done. Look at the way he’s performed as a rookie. You don’t see players come into the league and perform like that at that stage in their career, so all the respect in the world goes to him, and he is a phenomenal football player.

“We know the kind of speed he has. But more importantly, he has an arm. He is a good quarterback. Forget all the running stuff. This guy is good. They’ve got a real good player on their hands, and we’ve got a problem on ours.”

Osi’s comments are particularly interesting because they are far different from the ones teammate Jason Pierre-Paul made about RG3 on Wednesday. When asked about Griffin’s running ability in the wake of his 138-yard performance against Minnesota, Pierre-Paul warned the rookie to avoid bringing the ball to his side of the field. Umenyiora said he hopes Griffin avoids bringing it to his side as well, but for a far different reason.

“I hope he doesn’t come to my side,” Umenyiora said jokingly. “Hopefully, they will be able to go somewhere else. I don’t want no part of that. He is just a phenomenal football player, and they are a good team, and we’ve got our work cut out for us.”

So there you have it. Two players who play the same position on the same team, one of which is going with the intimidation approach and the other who is trying to kill his opponent with kindness. Giants fans can only hope at least one of those strategies is effective come Sunday.

H/T Chris Wesseling
Photo credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

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

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.