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Osi Umenyiora has no problem praising opponents

Osi Umenyiora, Jason Pierre-Paul AP

Earlier this week, Giants safety Antrel Rolle said that his teammates on the Giants defense should stop saying positive things about opponents before games because it gets in the way of developing the “nasty attitude” Rolle believes is necessary for a good performance.

Not everyone on the Giants defense agrees with Rolle’s take on things. Defensive end Osi Umenyiora called Saints quarterback Drew Brees “one of the best quarterbacks in the league” ahead of this Sunday’s matchup with New Orleans, a sharp contrast to Rolle’s take that Umenyiora suggested the safety take up with him in private if he’s got a problem with it. Umenyiora also scoffed at the notion that there’s some carryover between pre-game praise and what happens on the field.

“There’s definitely no carryover for that,” Umenyiora said, via the New York Daily News. “I think a lot of times you like to build somebody up only to tear them down. You don’t want to give anybody bulletin-board material. You don’t want to say, ‘Oh, these guys suck’ and then he comes out there and throws for 13 touchdowns on you. So if anything you want to err on the side of caution and say how good he is and then go out there and knock his head off.”

The Giants didn’t have much praise for Redskins running back Alfred Morris (or Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer Isaac Redman or several other players who have turned in good games against them this year) before he ran all over them on Monday night, so we’d suggest that any Giants defensive issues go well beyond saying nice things about players on other teams. Given the tightening of the NFC East race, Rolle and company would do well to figure them out as soon as possible.

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10 Responses to “Osi Umenyiora has no problem praising opponents”
  1. formuk says: Dec 7, 2012 10:16 AM

    Rolle is just mad because he got shook in open field by Drew Brees for a rushing TD, lol.

  2. surfoside4life says: Dec 7, 2012 10:34 AM

    osi you are terrible. just sit on the bench for this game.

  3. lunt101 says: Dec 7, 2012 10:42 AM

    Isaac Redman was the Steelers back who ran well against the Giants.

  4. fuglyflorio says: Dec 7, 2012 10:43 AM

    “Hi. I’m Osi Umenyiora. I think your team is great. You have a bunch of fine players. In fact you’re right on the brink of winning the Superbowl. Did you know I’m a free agent next year? Yeah, and I’d love to play for you guys. So give me a boatload of money.”

  5. themagicman1223 says: Dec 7, 2012 10:48 AM

    osi you are terrible. just sit on the bench for this game

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    I would take Osi over Justin Tuck any day of the week.

  6. saintsfan26 says: Dec 7, 2012 10:54 AM

    “and then go out there and knock his head off.”

    Can somebody please explain to me how this is any different than Gregg Williams’ speech?

  7. fakefranknunley says: Dec 7, 2012 11:01 AM

    Osi said the 9ers are awesome and they have a better front 7 than the giants.

  8. manningbowl88 says: Dec 7, 2012 12:51 PM

    the prob isnt praising QBs..its at what length u go to praise a QB such as just tuck.. i feel like he wants to have RG3 call him and bring him on a date everytime he talks to the media about him..its annoying.. we get it RG3 is great..

  9. bluefan204 says: Dec 7, 2012 3:25 PM

    Or you can simply take the path of NOT SAYING ANYTHING and just go out and play the freakin’ game. Sadly, very few guys on this Giants team can comprehend this concept, and it drives me insane as a fan. Shut up and play!

  10. bigbluecrew420 says: Dec 7, 2012 3:29 PM

    I hope Osi is a Giant forever! The guy is unreal.

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