Giants coach Tom Coughlin wants everyone to get past talking about defensive end Osi Umenyiora’s retirement threats or trade requests from the offseason.
“We go round and round on this,” coach Tom
Coughlin said Monday via Ernie Palladino of TheGiantsBeat.com. “Osi has played well and he’s made
up his mind to play well and I think that his teammates and the
encouragement, what he brings to the table in terms of his ability, his
conviction, his desire to be the very best that he can be.“
And that’s pretty good. Umenyiora has eight sacks and seven forced fumbles in six weeks. Justin Tuck has four sacks of his own. There are a lot of reasons for New York’s defensive turnaround, but Umenyiora’s improvement is the biggest one.
Last year, he was a petulant guy that struggled in run support and saw his playing time diminished. Umenyiora started the offseason as a backup. Now he’s on his way to making a Pro Bowl.
Maybe he’ll get that contract he’s been looking for, after all.