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Umenyiora rips Strahan, Pierce for criticizing Giants

Osi Umenyiora AP

NFL players frequently brush off criticism in the media by noting that the critics never played the game. So it can sting players when they face media criticism from commentators who were former players.

That’s especially true when the former players were former teammates, and that’s what has Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora upset right now.

Umenyiora says former Giants Michael Strahan (who now works for FOX) and Antonio Pierce (who now works for ESPN) have crossed the line in their criticisms of the Giants this year.

They played the game before,” Umenyiora told the New York Post. “They know what it’s like . . . and it makes me question how real and how authentic they really, really are. They know better than to come out and say some of the things that they’ve said.”

Strahan and Pierce have both offered comments this season saying Giants players Justin Tuck and Brandon Jacobs should have toughed it out and played rather than sitting out with injuries. Umenyiora thinks that kind of criticism is unacceptable.

Umenyiora’s anger is reminiscent of the Giants players who became angry with former Giant Tiki Barber for criticizing the team after he retired and got a job at NBC. Pierce and Strahan were among the Giants who didn’t like Barber questioning them after he retired, and now Umenyiora wishes Pierce and Strahan would shut up.

“They need to stop it,” Umenyiora said. “You can’t question a guy’s toughness.”

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40 Responses to “Umenyiora rips Strahan, Pierce for criticizing Giants”
  1. jdandcoke says: Oct 15, 2011 3:30 PM

    i agree with osi for the most part, but i will say this: i dont know if tuck cant physically play or he’s just being cautious, but his absence is KILLING the giants defense.

  2. joshsports6000 says: Oct 15, 2011 3:39 PM

    Osi made comments that didn’t make him sound selfish. Osi made comments that didn’t make him sound selfish. Funny, I thought saying it twice would make it more believable.

  3. richm2256 says: Oct 15, 2011 3:51 PM

    Wait a minute, didn’t Umenyiora criticize the Giants HIMSELF, when he was unhappy about his contract?

    Oh, right, that was management he was ripping, not the actual team.

    Got it.

  4. cmb79 says: Oct 15, 2011 3:53 PM

    Media talks. That’s their job now. They can’t play favorites anymore. If they do, they come out sounding like Ditka, who should not be doing his gig because he can’t separate from his ties to the Bears.

    But regardless of who said what, Pierce and Strahan are saying the truth. Starting tomorrow, they need everybody, and they don’t. I believe that there’s enough talent to take care of business against Buffalo as they are (and the fuel of embarrassment from last week still hanging over their heads). But after the Miami game, if they don’t get healthy quick, it could be a loooooooooong ride to the end.

  5. eaglesandravens says: Oct 15, 2011 3:57 PM

    Good for osi

  6. waltdawg says: Oct 15, 2011 3:59 PM

    These guys are unreal! The wheels have defintely fallen off the bus here. One guy rips 3 guys….Another is flabergasted. And the Coach can’t even remember what he was doing while he combs his hair in the morning. His poor wife has to show pictures to him of the playbook and tell him, “Honey, just act like you are a coach….Keep the whistle around your neck”….

  7. qdog112 says: Oct 15, 2011 4:02 PM

    It’s amazing how perspectives change. Osi is correct. Those complained loudly when Tiki spoke, now look…

  8. flavordave says: Oct 15, 2011 4:04 PM

    and 1 day he’ll be on the nfl network doing the same thing . they all do it its a fraternity

  9. wherezwaldo says: Oct 15, 2011 4:16 PM

    Tiki 2.0

  10. rickdaruler37 says: Oct 15, 2011 4:20 PM

    Hey “cmb79 “……..did you really say this?

    “I believe that there’s enough talent to take care of business against Buffalo as they are (and the fuel of embarrassment from last week still hanging over their heads).”

    HAHAHAHAHA….REALLY?….SERIOUSLY?

    We gonna smack that ass tomorrow!!!!!!
    We gonna turn the G-Men into the G-Spot…..and pound it out!

    GO BILLS!!!!!!!

  11. jmota222 says: Oct 15, 2011 4:20 PM

    What bothers me is that pierce had a neck injury that caused him to retire so even if tuck is being cautious why would he criticize tuck for that?? And strain misses his fair share if games so he needs to zip it as well!!!!

  12. test2402 says: Oct 15, 2011 4:21 PM

    They all sound like women.

  13. coreydavidschmitz says: Oct 15, 2011 4:44 PM

    The producers on all of these shows go out of their to way emphasize that the former players turned analyst really have to be critical against current players, especially their former teammates. Whether this is to make it clear somehow that they’re “impartial,” or just to drum up controversy and thus ratings, I don’t know. I do know that it just makes them sound phony.

  14. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 15, 2011 4:45 PM

    HAHAHAHAHA….REALLY?….SERIOUSLY?

    We gonna smack that ass tomorrow!!!!!!
    We gonna turn the G-Men into the G-Spot…..and pound it out!

    GO BILLS!!!!!!!

    ————

    Copied, pasted and evidence when you run and hide tomorrow.

    Notice the only people bragging are Bills fans (???) and not a single Giants fan.

    As always.

    Telling, for sure, isn’t it?

  15. skoobyfl says: Oct 15, 2011 4:46 PM

    Worry about the old players mumblings versus the Bills, I know who I’m betting on tomorrow.

  16. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 15, 2011 4:49 PM

    They ought to give electroshock to any and everyone who repeatedly make “Tiki”/”Flabbergasted”/”Osi’s not being selfish?!?! WOW”, run of the mill and LAME jokes.

  17. packfaninchitown says: Oct 15, 2011 4:51 PM

    Win and the talk stops…

  18. kd75 says: Oct 15, 2011 4:55 PM

    Antonio Pierce should understand the severity of neck injuries since a neck injury ended his career.

  19. Andre's Johnson says: Oct 15, 2011 5:02 PM

    These guys are modern-day gladiators, some of the most formidable athletes in the world and participating in blood-sport for a throng of spectators.

    Yet, they get their panties in a wad when the media hurts their wittle feewings. Seriously?

  20. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 15, 2011 5:16 PM

    We definitely need JT to play. His absence is palpable. JPP playing at left end requires different technique, and Osi, while getting sacks and creating pressure, plays Wide 9 technique, leaving too many gaping holes. Bums like Wells and Lynch have gashed us off that side since he came back.

    Not blaming him, because I love Osi, but he’s not bad against the run, he just gets caught taking wide angles upfield on plays that he thinks are passes and end up having RBs run right past him for HUGE gains.

  21. profootballwalk says: Oct 15, 2011 5:20 PM

    “They need to stop it,” Umenyiora said. “You can’t question a guy’s toughness.”

    Ummm…. they just did. Pu$$y.

  22. kd75 says: Oct 15, 2011 5:37 PM

    Someone needs to blow an air horn at Antonio Pierce. That’s the only thing he understands.

  23. justincohn says: Oct 15, 2011 6:15 PM

    Or, they could commend them for having the cojones to speak their minds — like they are paid to do — and not be clinging to the notion that they are still with their former teams, a la Tedi Bruschi.

  24. bigbluefan1 says: Oct 15, 2011 8:40 PM

    One thing to say to all you bills fans who think the game is in the bag rember the last time you had us beat or so you thought

    WIDE RIGHT!!!!!!!

    Thank you Thank you Thank you

  25. skolvikesskol says: Oct 15, 2011 9:39 PM

    Ummmmmm…. Welcome to the over hyped east coast media

  26. 707Raiders707 says: Oct 15, 2011 9:53 PM

    man these bills fans popped up out of nowhere…

  27. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 15, 2011 10:07 PM

    LMFAOOO wide.right. YES!

  28. vbe2 says: Oct 15, 2011 10:39 PM

    Soft n overrated. 3rd best Dlineman on his team…

  29. dawkattack says: Oct 15, 2011 10:45 PM

    Your Still Soft. Dey Huwrt His Wittle Feelwings

  30. gcsuk says: Oct 15, 2011 11:17 PM

    waltdawg says:
    Oct 15, 2011 3:59 PM
    These guys are unreal! The wheels have defintely fallen off the bus here. One guy rips 3 guys….Another is flabergasted. And the Coach can’t even remember what he was doing while he combs his hair in the morning. His poor wife has to show pictures to him of the playbook and tell him, “Honey, just act like you are a coach….Keep the whistle around your neck”….
    ———————————————————-
    What, in God’s name, did any of that incessant rambling mean?!?

  31. omegaichiban says: Oct 15, 2011 11:58 PM

    jmota222 says:
    Oct 15, 2011 4:20 PM
    What bothers me is that pierce had a neck injury that caused him to retire so even if tuck is being cautious why would he criticize tuck for that?? And strain misses his fair share if games so he needs to zip it as well!!!!

    Pierce retired because he lost a step or two (See highlight of Westbrook running away from him late in his last season) The neck injury just made it convenient to say adios.

  32. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 16, 2011 12:23 AM

    707Raiders707 says: Oct 15, 2011 9:53 PM

    man these bills fans popped up out of nowhere…
    ————–

    DIDN’T THEY?

  33. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 16, 2011 12:25 AM

    Pierce had lost a step even before the injury. There was talk about the Giants seeking a way to get out of having to go through the process of re-signing him even before that. The injury just made it that much easier to reach a settlement and not end up being voluntary SUCKERS like the Colts have — knowing Manning may not ever play again before they made the deal.

    Had Pierce still had remaining years on his deal, we wouldn’t know how that would have played out.

    Completely different than JT, either way, though.

  34. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 16, 2011 12:27 AM

    vbe2 says: Oct 15, 2011 10:39 PM

    Soft n overrated. 3rd best Dlineman on his team…
    ————-

    And still better than anyone on your team, unless you have Suh or Dick Seymour. You act as if that’s some sort of insult.

  35. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 16, 2011 12:27 AM

    *or Jared Allen.

    The fact that McCoy said it makes it even more laughable.

  36. madisonave99 says: Oct 16, 2011 1:05 AM

    Why do current players take ANYTHING analysts, even former players/teammates say, with the slightest modicum of seriousness?? All sports media outlets do these days is sling mud and try to stir crap up. It should be totally ignored. Tuck doesn’t have a sprained finget, he has a neck injury–he should stay out till fully healed. He shouldn’t be possibly risking his permanent long-term health just to prove himself to ex players. Their job is to run their mouths behind a mic, not actually say anything logical

  37. ham1 says: Oct 16, 2011 6:28 AM

    Though it is a step up from all the lockout garbage we had to endure, we now seem to be enduring continual weekly somebody”ripped” somebody stories. Its sounding more and more like a bunch of drama queens doing the reporting.

  38. pastabelly says: Oct 16, 2011 10:37 AM

    Strahan is now being paid to give his opinions. He can say whatever he wants. Umenyiora can either respond to it, discount it, or ignore it. Oops, Umenyiora took option four and whined about it. If Chad Johnson can ignore it, you’d think that Osi could too.

  39. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 16, 2011 8:15 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 15, 2011 4:45 PM

    HAHAHAHAHA….REALLY?….SERIOUSLY?

    We gonna smack that ass tomorrow!!!!!!
    We gonna turn the G-Men into the G-Spot…..and pound it out!

    GO BILLS!!!!!!!

    ————

    Copied, pasted and evidence when you run and hide tomorrow.

    Notice the only people bragging are Bills fans (???) and not a single Giants fan.

    As always.

    Telling, for sure, isn’t it?
    ————

    GO SADDOWN. I don’t wanna hear anything else from Bills fans for another 20 years. Good night.

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