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Osi Umenyiora: If Giants make changes, it has to be wholesale changes

Osi Umenyiora AP

The Giants didn’t run out of entrances to the playoffs in Sunday’s 33-14 loss to the Ravens, but, on the heels of a 34-0 loss the week before, it certainly felt like it did.

Perhaps that’s why defensive end Osi Umenyiora spent most of a Monday conference call talking about the future. There was his future, uncertain with free agency approaching and a “high probability” that he’ll be moving on from the Giants, and the future of the Giants. Umenyiora has no insight into what might be in store for the Giants, but he had some suggestions.

“Where are they going to make the changes is the question,” Umenyiora said, via Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger. “There is no individual, there is no aspect of the team this year that stood out. People want to just talk about the pass rush. OK, well maybe we didn’t get 50 sacks like we did last year, but was the offense playing well? Was the special teamns playing well? Like where? There was nowhere that was up to par, that was up to the standard that we set last year. So if they’re going to be making changes, it has to be wholesale changes, it has to be changes for everybody, because nobody played above average this year.”

The standard the Giants set last year included an 8-7 record heading into the final season, exactly the same record that this year’s Giants have. They won that final game, winning them the division. They could do the same thing this year and wind up out of the playoffs, which is where they were after going 10-6 in 2010. The standard’s been about the same for the Giants in each of the last three seasons, their timing just worked out for the best in 2011.

Which isn’t to say that they don’t need to make changes. The offensive line has not been good enough this season, the defense sprang leaks in several different places and the offense seemed to lose its rhythm in midseason without ever rediscovering it for more than flashes. Wholesale changes aren’t coming to the Giants, though. The team doesn’t roll that way, for one thing, and all the key pieces from the team that won the Super Bowl are still in place. Changes will come, but they are likely going to be around the edges more than to the foundation.

Whichever way they go, it isn’t likely to be Umenyiora’s concern too much longer.

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22 Responses to “Osi Umenyiora: If Giants make changes, it has to be wholesale changes”
  1. tigershark49 says: Dec 24, 2012 3:13 PM

    Osi is wrong on this one.

  2. 1standinches says: Dec 24, 2012 3:15 PM

    Starting with you first..

  3. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 24, 2012 3:17 PM

    For starters, be class acts. Don’t have a cheating owner and show your opponents proper respect. The NYG are where they rightfully belong.

  4. pnut87 says: Dec 24, 2012 3:19 PM

    “Wholesale changes” most likely includes dropping you, Osi. Hopefully, Gilbride’s not too far behind you.

  5. gochargersgo says: Dec 24, 2012 3:41 PM

    You pretty much nailed it. The giants aren’t any better or worse this year, the expectations just higher. Every year the either squeak into the playoffs or miss them. So lets cut the talk about Coughlin being the best coach in the NFL and Eli being a top 3 QB.

  6. timpaz says: Dec 24, 2012 3:48 PM

    I think this team does need some wholesale changes .

  7. iivil says: Dec 24, 2012 3:58 PM

    I love how people keep bashing John Mara. He didn’t penalize the Redskins and Cowboys all by himself. The owners voted on it, so at least half of them agreed.

    Also, prior to the season teams were advised not to use the uncapped year to take advantage of the system.

    The Giants are a traditional football team and show more respect then most. Pre-game and post game trash talk happens on every team. You quite often see the Giants giving the other teams credit.

    Say they’re lucky and that they sucked, but I would say two super bowl victories in five years shows you’re wrong. You don’t just get lucky and beat the Packers, Niners, and Patriots.

  8. blutbaddenbill says: Dec 24, 2012 4:01 PM

    osi,come on down to dc,we treat players like gods!

  9. sd1024 says: Dec 24, 2012 4:08 PM

    Yes…go to Washington Osi…please.

  10. eyedocjay says: Dec 24, 2012 4:24 PM

    I think Osi might be right…I think ties will be cut with him and Kenny Phillips…Players like Bradshaw, Tuck, Diehl, Boley, Prince and Blackburn need to become situational players…Lets cut dead weight with Beckum, Sash, Paysinger, Tracy, Jernigan and Barden…If Wilson can’t learn how to block then make him full time KR and move on…And I think for once, Reese needs to stop taking best available and start fillng some holes!

  11. trollaikman8 says: Dec 24, 2012 4:55 PM

    I don’t know if Tuck has been injured this year but he used to be a dominating force and let other scavenger clean up the sacks. Hasn’t been the case this year. Oh yeah, and Canty probably got injured while I wrote this.

  12. patfanken says: Dec 24, 2012 5:29 PM

    The Giants have been a good team, but not a great one. They played well in the post season last year, but you have to admit a lot of things had to break right for them to win it all. Timely fumbles, other team’s drops, all things that have to break right for just about any team that wins the superbowl to have happen.

    Like its pointed out, this year’s Giants are pretty much just as good as last year’s team…..only this year things haven’t broken as well for them.

    They are an aging team (relatively speaking, and their FO is good enough that they won’t be afraid to take one step back to get 2 steps forward. There could be some quality vets from this Giants team available to teams looking for that one critical part to be a contender.

  13. commonsensedude says: Dec 24, 2012 7:11 PM

    “I love how people keep bashing John Mara. He didn’t penalize the Redskins and Cowboys all by himself. The owners voted on it, so at least half of them agreed.”

    Oh, come on. Do you seriously believe that there is nothing that seems amiss when a team owner takes a leading role in dishing out severe punishments, out of all the teams in the league, to two teams which just happen to be in his division, which just happen to account for a quarter of his team’s yearly schedule? And nothing amiss about the fact that he wanted to do more than fine his division peers $36 million bucks but that he wanted to take away draft picks? During the year that the NFL draft featured the best crop of quarterbacks in three decades? For breaking an “unwritten” rule during an uncapped year?

    Even if there was no sinister motive in Mara’s motive, a person would have to be in serious denial to suggest that it didn’t appear that there could have been.

  14. roadtrip3500 says: Dec 24, 2012 10:01 PM

    eyedocjay says: Dec 24, 2012 4:24 PM

    I think Osi might be right…I think ties will be cut with him and Kenny Phillips…Players like Bradshaw, Tuck, Diehl, Boley, Prince and Blackburn need to become situational players…Lets cut dead weight with Beckum, Sash, Paysinger, Tracy, Jernigan and Barden…If Wilson can’t learn how to block then make him full time KR and move on…And I think for once, Reese needs to stop taking best available and start fillng some holes!
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    Terrell Thomas has to go too… Giants can’t keep passing on good available cover corners hoping TT will make it through camp this time. I agree Kenny Phillips may be out of a job – Stevie Brown is the first legit ball hawk for NYG since Jason Sehorn. With Osi gone, move Kiwi back to DE in the regular rotation, along with Ojomo. Give Jacquian Williams the starting job as TE-cover LB. If there’s a stud right tackle in the draft, let him challenge Diehl and Locklear for the job. After Nicks, Cruz, and Hixon, the Giants could use a veteran WR as the 4th man because the kids aren’t getting it done.

  15. wferg1121 says: Dec 24, 2012 10:53 PM

    I would fire Fewell, Defense sucked last year, Eli bailed them out 9 times.. They were the worst defense last year. This year they sucked too, just they got bailed out by turnovers. I don’t know what to make of our LB position. Cruz is a very good player, but Nicks is clearly the #1 reciever.. When he isn’t playing Cruz disappears if there isn’t a solid compliment like a Manningham.

  16. commonsensedude says: Dec 24, 2012 11:16 PM

    I see lots of thumbs downs but no well thought-out responses. If Daniel Snyder had been put in charge of the Management Council Executive Committee and aggressively pushed for sanctions against the Giants and the Eagles for doing something that wasn’t even technically a violation of a rule, are you guys saying that you wouldn’t be suspicious of his motives? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

  17. mazblast says: Dec 25, 2012 4:21 AM

    Dear Osi,

    Shut up. Just shut up. You’ve always been overrated as a player, now you’re proving you’re overrated as a teammate.

  18. gmen1983 says: Dec 25, 2012 10:50 AM

    eyedocjay says:

    I think Osi might be right…I think ties will be cut with him and Kenny Phillips…Players like Bradshaw, Tuck, Diehl, Boley, Prince and Blackburn need to become situational players…Lets cut dead weight with Beckum, Sash, Paysinger, Tracy, Jernigan and Barden…If Wilson can’t learn how to block then make him full time KR and move on…And I think for once, Reese needs to stop taking best available and start fillng some holes!

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    So, let me get this straight, you think Bradshaw should become a situational player AND Wilson, our first round pick just last year, should be strictly a kick-returner? So I guess that means Brown is your primary ball-carrier? Do we think he’s shown he can carry the load all season? I’m not so sure. As for Prince, to me he’s shown he can be a very competent corner. Now, if you want to get rid of Webster I’d be all for it, but a guy who will be in his third (really second) season after being a first round pick? C’mon. And since Osi I’d obviously gone and Tuck is not the guy he used to be, Tracy, along with Ojomo should get a chance at serious run. As far as the draft goes, yes we NEED o-linemen and a CB.

  19. weaponx73 says: Dec 25, 2012 11:43 AM

    Common sense as several people have said it was put to a vote among the owners so obviously it wasnt all Maras doing. Also your team and Dallas was warned several times by the commishioner not to do what you did. Not just before the season but during and after it. Dont be such a baby. If you speed and get a ticket do you think the cop has a vendetta against you too. And even if he did it doesnt change the fact you broke the rules. If Washington and Dallas hadnt broke the rules Mara couldnt sanction you. So why dont you blame your own brain dead owner.

  20. commonsensedude says: Dec 25, 2012 7:48 PM

    You can’t break a rule that does not exist … unless Roger Goodell says so.

    What was the vote you talk about among the owners? How many owners were involved? And if it was a wide-scale vote among owners, why did the Redskins and Cowboys only find out about it the day before the draft??

    I am not a huge fan of Dan Snyder. But at least he has not resorted to trying to use his political influence to gain competitive advantage against his rivals. Defend the Blue until you are blue in the face, but, this smells foul and deep down you know it.

  21. vman0626 says: Dec 25, 2012 11:03 PM

    fact – the league and commissioner repeatedly warned the skins and boys. fact – a majority vote penalized them. i believe 26 voted to punish with one abstention plus the two owners meaning only 3 voted in favor of jones/snyder.

    keep hating on the big apple. THE ENGINE THAT RUNS THE USA !!!!!!

  22. commonsensedude says: Dec 26, 2012 3:54 PM

    If it’s a fact, vman0626, please post a reference to an account that shows that it happened. It’s hard to imagine a league-wide vote occurring and yet two of the owners being completely blindsided by the penalty, which was announced right before the draft.

    Also, I don’t hate New York. I rooted for the Giants when they won the big games in 2008 and 2012. They were my second favorite team in the NFC East. But the way that this was handled – with an advocating for crippling sanctions against his division rivals – and ONLY against his division rivals – stinks. And everyone here, whether or not they’ll admit it publicly, knows it stinks.

    I feel bad for Giants fans, who I think are decent folks. I also like most of the Giants players. But I hope Mara in particular enjoys watching the two teams he tried to cripple playing for the division championship that he wasn’t able to prevent them from getting.

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