Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora has never been bashful about his opinions, saying yesterday that more players should follow Tim Tebow’s example.
But he doesn’t mind taking a poke at others, either.
During an interview on WFAN, via the New York Post, Umenyiora at once chided the Jets for trash-talking, then put Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III in his place.
“I didn’t play that game but I was in the meetings and all that stuff, man, they didn’t like that at all,’’ he said of the Giants 29-14 win over the Jets. “I just knew the Jets were gonna get a beat-down after all that trash talking they were doing.
“I think Rex [Ryan] has pretty much learned his lesson about that. I like the way he coaches, I think he’s a wonderful coach but you really don’t want to be poking a bear with a short stick like that.”
He then took the same stick turned it on the quarterback he hopes to hunt twice a year, saying he will not refer to the Redskins rookie as RG3.
“Who is this RG3 guy you guys keep talking about?’’ Umenyiora said. “You talking about Bob Griffin? You guys are giving him a cool nickname already and everything.
“When he does anything in the NFL we’re gonna call him RG3. Right now he’s Bob Griffin.”
Osi knows how to play the game, and he’s playing it perfectly. Maybe Bob will send him a message back via his socks.