For exactly one play on Sunday afternoon, Osi Umenyiora was back home at the Meadowlands hunting down yet another quarterback, recording yet another sack. Only this time, Umenyiora's prey was former teammate Eli Manning. The multi-talented defensive end was nonchalant about his latest scalp, saying “I was just trying to help the team win, man. Anything I can do to help this team win, I’m going to do because they deserve it. It’s a good team, good coaches, good owner – they deserve better than we’re doing right now.”
The loss moves the Falcons to a middling 2-3 in the NFC South; something a “healthy” Umenyiora refused to put on the coaches or the team’s talent as he said “We made some good adjustments, coaching-wise, but we weren’t able to execute what our coaches were trying to tell us to do. We fell short.” He continued “We need to find a way to put some wins together. We’ve got a very good football team, we’re just inconsistent right now.”
The British-born, Troy alum understands why G-fans were booing him saying “They’re supposed to do that, man, I’m on the opposing team. I’m sacking their quarterback, they’re supposed to boo me. I appreciated it.” Umenyiora was equally indifferent when discussing his former teammates saying “I saw them on the field, but that was pretty much it.”
In terms of his limited role, the “little bit more mature” Umenyiora was the company man, saying “I always feel like I could help the team more, but whatever they ask me to do is what I’m going to go out there and do.” The 12 year vet spent a decade with the Giants before undergoing arthroscopic surgery after which he signed with the Falcons. Perhaps the recency of the surgery and trade made Umenyiora say “Whatever this team asks me to do is what I’m going to do. Doesn’t matter if I’m happy or not, man. Whatever they ask me to do, I’m going to go out there and do.” Either way, it’s clear the two time Super Bowl just wants to be a champion again, not the worst ambition for a team’s “bench” player to have.