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Osi says he'll quit if he's not a starter

Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora was benched late in the 2009 season, and says he won’t stand for that treatment again.

“I’m not going to be a backup player, I can promise you that,”
Umenyiora said on WFAN Wednesday. “I’ll stop playing football before I do that ever
again. . . .  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.”

Here’s an idea: play football better.  Become a player the team couldn’t possibly take off the field.  All coaches want to do is win; they didn’t think Umenyiora was good enough to play every down.  Umenyiora thought his time with the team may have been up.

“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?”

Umenyiora hopes things can be resolved and Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News writes that the team has no plans to trade or release him.  We simply can’t buy that Umenyiora will quit and pass up his salary no matter what role he’s in.

Money never seems to be too far from the surface in these disputes.  Umenyiora talked about getting a pay raise back in 2008.  Since then, he’s missed a season with a knee injury, and had a rocky 2009.  He sounds like a guy that is frustrated and doesn’t know where to direct his anger.

Obviously, he’s not getting a pay raise right now.  The only way he can get one in the future is to play ball again.

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56 Responses to “Osi says he'll quit if he's not a starter”
  1. Chapnasty2 says: Feb 3, 2010 5:17 PM

    Is this the week for players who think they are better than they actually are all get together and cry like spoiled brats?

  2. Belichick for President says: Feb 3, 2010 5:19 PM

    I’d love to know the details of the deal the Giants made with the devil to win Super Bowl 42. I’m not trying to hate, I respect the hell out of them for playing that game balls out and winning. It just seems like, since then, the team has gone to shit. WTF happened? Was Steve Spagnola (sp?) that big of a cog that him leaving took the whole team down?

  3. stevemcguigan says: Feb 3, 2010 5:21 PM

    In the meantime, Umenyora hopes the Eagles have to start another rookie OT because of injury so he can pad his stats again.

  4. Hap says: Feb 3, 2010 5:24 PM

    Osi’s gonna quit if someone’s better than him. Wahhhhhhhhhhhhh !

  5. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Feb 3, 2010 5:24 PM

    Will he take his toys with him, too?

  6. mfclock says: Feb 3, 2010 5:25 PM

    he’s just jealous that Tuck got the subway commercial and not him.

  7. Citizen Strange says: Feb 3, 2010 5:26 PM

    He needs Favre to help him pad his sack totals.

  8. Citizen Strange says: Feb 3, 2010 5:27 PM

    He needs Favre to help him pad his sack totals.

  9. Romad says: Feb 3, 2010 5:27 PM

    No problem. Perform like a starter.

  10. seskey says: Feb 3, 2010 5:29 PM

    Lions could use you. Come on over.

  11. danielcp0303 says: Feb 3, 2010 5:29 PM

    Another whining Giants player

  12. Buschman says: Feb 3, 2010 5:30 PM

    Osi, the Giants, and Giants fans everywhere are all whiny bitches

  13. ray says: Feb 3, 2010 5:32 PM

    noooooooo he only wants what he is worth

  14. DM725 says: Feb 3, 2010 5:32 PM

    I always thought that Strahan was the reason Umenyiora was so successful but we never had proof. This season doesn’t exactly count because it was his first year back from the injury and Tuck was also hurt so he wasn’t commanding as much attention as he did in 08.
    If Osi doesn’t play at a high level next year then he shall be forever known as the player that couldn’t hack it without Michael Strahan commanding double teams.

  15. garretmustgo says: Feb 3, 2010 5:33 PM

    Good i hope he gets cut, Dallas could use a new DE opposite of olshanski..
    Totally not gonna happen… but hey i can dream

  16. DieHardSkinsFan21 says: Feb 3, 2010 5:37 PM

    He won’t quit. There is no way he will walk away from all of that money. If the g-men turned around and cut him I think that would be the only way he would no longer be in NY.
    Call his bluff.

  17. gopher says: Feb 3, 2010 5:38 PM

    I’m not sure UPS is hiring so do not give up your day job.

  18. Bob S. says: Feb 3, 2010 5:38 PM

    let him go, sign peppers

  19. dcsween says: Feb 3, 2010 5:40 PM

    Right now is the perfect time to quit, especially if he’s thinking about making the jump from the football sector of the economy to the non-football sector. Jobs are being handed out like candy … or football salaries. Maybe he can work with Strahan and Tuck to dance over Subway sandwiches. Those commercials are awesome. How is Umenyiora’s agent not banging his head on the desk right now?

  20. rams&cardsshouldretire13 says: Feb 3, 2010 5:41 PM

    Chris Long, Ndamukong Suh, a healthy Adam Carriker and a motivated Osi Umenyiora reunited with his old D-Coordinator… The Rams just could get 3-5 wins next year! YESSSS!!!!!

  21. Bigbluefan says: Feb 3, 2010 5:41 PM

    Before anyone blames the player lets remember that we had the worst DC last year the same player who kicked ass to win it all could not stop the egals
    So let us hope that the new DC uses the talent he has on the roster and the G-Men can go back to be the D they have always been
    Strong D and Easy E healthy Dallas here we come
    I do not know what I would enjoy more going to another SB or having the pleasure of JJ watching the Giants win in his zoo

  22. Bleedin' Purple says: Feb 3, 2010 5:42 PM

    Allen Iverson, anybody?

  23. GregO says: Feb 3, 2010 5:45 PM

    Way to be a team player Osi.

  24. slipkid says: Feb 3, 2010 5:45 PM

    that’ll be the day

  25. Peoples Champ says: Feb 3, 2010 5:50 PM

    Another overrated Giants player running his mouth and bitchin n moanin’

  26. garretmustgo says: Feb 3, 2010 6:00 PM

    “I do not know what I would enjoy more going to another SB or having the pleasure of JJ watching the Giants win in his zoo”
    Im not even gonna hate on this comment all im gonna ask is
    Do you think Eli will lead u there again…?
    Thats what I thought, Giants fans .. what a joke…..

  27. toe-to-toe bird law says: Feb 3, 2010 6:03 PM

    Bigbluefan says:
    February 3, 2010 5:41 PM
    Before anyone blames the player lets remember that we had the worst DC last year the same player who kicked ass to win it all could not stop the egals
    ————————————————
    Riiiight. It was Sheridan’s fault that Osi half-assed it in games, which lead to his benching. It couldn’t possibly be the work ethic or lack thereof from the player. Definitely the coordinator’s fault.

  28. G-MEN TO THE SB says: Feb 3, 2010 6:03 PM

    Osi is a greedy bitch. coming from a die hard giants fan

  29. Gelardia says: Feb 3, 2010 6:03 PM

    What an effin baby.

  30. geek says: Feb 3, 2010 6:08 PM

    Finally! A player that can take a hint! He may not be happy with it, but at least he’s getting the message: YOU AREN’T GOOD ENOUGH TO BE A STAR PLAYER WITHOUT STRAHAN TO DISTRACT THE OFFENSIVE LINE. ACCEPT YOUR ROLE OR GET OFF THE FIELD. If only Joey Porter could get this message though his head too…

  31. Peoples Champ says: Feb 3, 2010 6:09 PM

    @ bigbluefan:
    Dream on, jackass. Your Vagiants will be going 6-10 next year. Mark it down.

  32. Cubano says: Feb 3, 2010 6:11 PM

    Spoiled Dick!

  33. Levito says: Feb 3, 2010 6:19 PM

    C’mon Osi… stop being a bitch and just shut up and play. Maybe if you didn’t let RBs run by you like a doormat, you’d play more. It’s not all about the sacks.
    I remember Strahan saying that he took it personally if a player made a gain on his side of the field. Play with that kinda pride and stop being a whiny bitch.

  34. VoxVagina says: Feb 3, 2010 6:24 PM

    If Osi spent less time taking a dump on models’ chests and more time focusing on football he might be a starter

  35. .VoxVeritas says: Feb 3, 2010 6:29 PM

    “I do not know what I would enjoy more going to another SB or having the pleasure of JJ watching the Giants win in his zoo”
    The good part is that you won’t see either. The Giants are a third place team. A DISTANT third. And they’re a bunch of in-fighting quitters that have no heart until they prove otherwise.
    “certain people, no matter what happens, they’ll never take them out of the lineup, you understand what I mean?”
    Yeah, we understand what you mean, pOsi.

  36. penguininbondage says: Feb 3, 2010 6:31 PM

    Gotta wonder if his “juice” bottle dried up.

  37. downsouth49er says: Feb 3, 2010 6:32 PM

    Osi is right!!! The talent that he has does not need to be coming off the bench. Sheridan was just an ass who didn’t know what he was doing, so if I was Osi I wouldn’t even be worried about it because that idiot Sheridan is gone.

  38. JoeyJoeJoeJr.Shabadoooo says: Feb 3, 2010 6:33 PM

    Bud Light Presents: Real Men of Genius
    (real men of genius)
    Today we salute you, Mr. barbed-wire defense sign holder.
    (Mr. barbed-wire defense sign holder).
    You refuse to accept 3 flimsy fence posts with a capital D to motivate your defense. this guy means serious buisness.
    (you won’t get past this)
    Your barbed wired and skin tight t- shirts have allowed all fans, regardless of inibriation level, to see how badass you are.
    (I bought this at Men’s Express)
    Flex those arms, hold that D and pointy fence high, show those cheerleaders what a bad boy you can be.
    (im drinking a beer, bro)
    So crack open an ice-cold Bud Light, barbed wire defense sign holder, because at the end of the day, you’ll need to sterilize all those lacerations on your arms.
    (Mr. Barbed-wire defense sign holder)

  39. .VoxVeritas says: Feb 3, 2010 6:34 PM

    “Good i hope he gets cut, Dallas could use a new DE opposite of olshanski.. ”
    At barely 260 pounds soaking wet, Osi would be roadkill as a DE in a 3-4 D even worse than he’s roadkill as a DE in a 4-3 D. He might make a good backup at OLB though.

  40. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Feb 3, 2010 6:57 PM

    That’s the spirit Osi! Show some of that true, blue spirit of selflessness!

  41. piccolo says: Feb 3, 2010 7:03 PM

    Osi, you’re a dick. Really. I’m sick of all you whining bitches that play pro ball for fame and fortune and still find fault in anyone but yourself. If you don’t get your way or you’ll go home?
    Don’t let the door hit you in your fat wallet on the way out. See ya bee-otch!

  42. SFrancis1680 says: Feb 3, 2010 7:13 PM

    start playing better,

  43. 1stngoal says: Feb 3, 2010 7:14 PM

    Now it isn’t so easy without Michael Strahan getting all the double-teams on the other side.
    What an over-rated whiner…
    Trade him to Minneapolis. He would fit right in…

  44. Kphil21 says: Feb 3, 2010 7:35 PM

    Kiwi is better anyway. It makes me happy to see cowgirl fans get their panties all tangled up. Romo won a playoff game and its like they won a super bowl in Dallas. Lets add up the rings between homo and mcnabb combined and how many do we get? Cant wait to see big blue back in the playoffs next year where they belong.

  45. swervinmervin says: Feb 3, 2010 7:46 PM

    Osi made his name of abusing a young and inexperienced Winston Justice.
    The true Justice is that Winston is now looking like he may have a bright future ahead of him, while Osi may be out of the league soon.
    Karma is a byctch.

  46. Chickenfoot says: Feb 3, 2010 8:07 PM

    WTF?

  47. stnmmc says: Feb 3, 2010 8:18 PM

    # polishkingski says: February 3, 2010 7:01 PM
    lets start a new rule here….no comments about other peoples comments or comments about other peoples comments about other comments….please? its really gayish. how old are some of you guys, twelve?
    —————————————
    what a fag

  48. Bwa Ha Ha says: Feb 3, 2010 8:44 PM

    Take those three special steps, Oso, I mean Osi

  49. Bwa Ha Ha says: Feb 3, 2010 8:49 PM

    Retired PopPops that watch the little buddies know what that meant.

  50. GoBears84 says: Feb 3, 2010 8:50 PM

    i’m sure you’ll really quit….just like jacobs said he’ll retire after his 2009 season ended with a shitty ypc as it started with….okay osi.

  51. ShawshankReception says: Feb 3, 2010 11:29 PM

    “It just seems like, since then, the team has gone to shit. WTF happened?”
    Last year the offense was awful after the loss of Plaxico. This year it was the defense’s turn to stink it up. I think it boiled down to a loss of leadership and a loss of passion on defense…
    * Spags left and was replaced by Bill Sheridan, who is not only inexperienced as a coordinator, but, much like Tom Coughlin, seems to have the charisma of a bag of hair.
    * Tuck was injured most of this past season and could not provide leadership with his play. And no one seems able to fill the leadership void left by Strahan.
    * The only other decent LB they had besides Pierce (who no longer plays at the level he used to) was Kawika Mitchell (who was allowed to sign with Buffalo after SB42). No one has stepped up since.
    * Hard hitting S Kenny Phillips went on IR early in the season.
    * The top two starting CB’s were hobbled by injuries
    Just a perfect storm of fail, really.

  52. gmenfan56892710 says: Feb 4, 2010 9:23 AM

    Look we all want Osi to get back to playing like Osi. Our defense would be sick. The bottom line is that the other team could run the ball at will, at times, at the right side of the d line. Osi is 1/2 of that line, and the truth is he would be way to far up field to stop the rush and because of that he did not get a lot of tackles. I hope that his knee is back to 100% for next year and gets back to being an all pro and not a backup.

  53. cantgetenough says: Feb 4, 2010 2:06 PM

    Osi, STFU and play your heart out! That is the solution to a pro football players woes.

  54. peteydeep says: Feb 5, 2010 12:42 PM

    Osi, stop complaining about getting benched. Find a gym…get your weight up and be better at stopping the run. Then, if the Giants reward you with a starting spot, be greatful. Right now you are an average rush end. You are a dime a dozen in the NFL so keep your mouth shut.

  55. Adam says: Feb 6, 2010 2:46 AM

    Belichick for President says:
    February 3, 2010 5:19 PM
    I’d love to know the details of the deal the Giants made with the devil to win Super Bowl 42. I’m not trying to hate, I respect the hell out of them for playing that game balls out and winning. It just seems like, since then, the team has gone to shit. WTF happened? Was Steve Spagnola (sp?) that big of a cog that him leaving took the whole team down?
    Yeah man, losin Spags, Strahan, and Osi not fully recovered has brought the defense down. Then Osi and some other D players said it straight out: the Saints game killed them mentally.
    Osi’s coming back. I saw him on Jim Rome and, oddly enough, he came off as if he’d be a great team leader. He showed a lot of passion and stuff. PLUS, it’s supposed to take 2 years to fully heal from the ACL.

  56. Adam says: Feb 6, 2010 2:47 AM

    Also, our best safety Kenny Philips was out for the year and our CBs Webster and Ross were hurt a lot this year.
    and Antonio Pierce was put on IR middle of the season.

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