Under Tom Coughlin, the Giants have turned the overly aggressive crowing of other players and teams to great inspirational effect.
“Talk is cheap, play the game” has been a mantra of sorts for the team and it is one that’s served them fairly well. It’s just a shame that they can’t break it out on defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who answered a question about whether the Patriots were the best team in football by making a pretty bold claim about the Giants.
“When the Giants are playing our best, there’s no question we’re the best team in football,” Umenyiora said on 98.7 ESPN Radio, via the Newark Star-Ledger. “We’ve just been inconsistent. So if we can play the way we’re capable of playing – the way we played against San Francisco, the way we played against Green Bay, the way we played against the Saints for the majority of the game – I don’t think there’s a team that’s better than us at all.”
We don’t have a great argument with Umenyiora’s belief that the Giants are really, really good when they are playing their best. It’s just hard to understand why you’d bother arguing that you were the best team in the league when you have to qualify it with “if we can play the way we’re capable of playing.” After all, Amelia Earhart was a really good pilot when she was flying as well as she was capable of flying.