"We know better than we came out and played last week," Umenyiora said. "There is no excuse for that. Given the situation and the fact that it was a game that we had to win, there was no excuse for coming out and playing the way we did. Guys didn't really realize that until they saw how serious we were at halftime."
Umenyiora talked about his own half-time speech last season, quipping that since then he has opted to defer to other vocal leaders.
"Last time I did it was the Denver game last year, but that didn't end too well," joked Umenyiora. "That ended bad, very, very bad. I'm not really that type of person. I don't like to talk and do all that stuff. Whenever it's called upon or I feel like something needs to be said, then I'll say it, and that was definitely one of those situations."
New York is in the right frame of mind; not underestimating the importance of their upcoming divisional contest with Washington. Big Blue is hopeful they won't require a locker room tirade to fire them up this week.
"No question it was a lesson learned," noted Umenyiora. "I don't think it's going to take people getting up and speaking the way we did for us to come out and perform the way we did that second half. "
As New York marched into the tunnel at halftime against Jacksonville, they exited to a chorus of boos raining down from fans. In his seventh year with the Giants, Umenyiora understands the passionate fan base in New York, noting that they demand nothing short of excellence.
"I'm used to it," commented Umenyiora. "That's just the way fans are, but they have every right to be like that. They're paying $120 dollars a ticket to come watch us play, and you can't go out there and stink it up like that, especially not in New York. As long as they're paying to come watch us play, they can boo and they can do whatever they want to do. It's well within their rights to do that."