Osi Umenyiora tells Jonathan Massaquoi to keep complaints private

AP

During his years with the Giants, defensive end Osi Umenyiora could be counted on to provide two things consistently.

He rushed the passer well enough to help front a defense that won a pair of Super Bowls and he complained about playing time, starting status, contractual issues or anything else bugging him when it was time to meet with the media. What was good for him then isn’t something he wants from his teammates now that he’s with the Falcons, however.

Defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi complained about his playing time last week, something that the Falcons responded to by keeping him out of the lineup altogether against the Steelers last weekend. Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan said it was because Massaquoi hadn’t done enough in practice, but Umenyiora, who has seen his own playing time diminish this season, said that Massaquoi needs to learn that airing his grievances through the media won’t work out for him.

“He is very talented; there is no doubt about that,” Umenyiora said, via ESPN.com. “But in my experience, talking about it publicly will do him no good. The coach will do whatever they want to do at the end of the day.”

The big difference between Umenyiora and Massaquoi is production. Massaquoi has six sacks since entering the league in 2012 and Umenyiora had 22.5 in his first three years, which gives you a lot more leeway to be a squeaky wheel without doing any damage to your role on the defense.