Coughlin Speaks on Osi

To say Tom Coughlin was in a somber mood only a few hours after learning of Osi Umenyiora's situation would be an understatement. Here's what Coughlin had to say on a conference call flooded with reporters late Sunday afternoon.

Q: What are your thoughts as far as Osi Umenyiora is concerned?

A: My number one concern is about Osi. I did talk to him on the phone a short while ago and told him that he is in everyone's thoughts and prayers and that this is something that we, in talking with Dr. Warren, Dr. Warren has convinced us that this repair will put him in great shape going forward and because of that we are certainly 100 percent behind the decision. We just hope that the surgery goes well on Tuesday and that it is a full recovery and that he is even better than ever here shortly down the road. As for the rest of us, we received this information this morning. It was probably around noon I think when I talked to Dr. Warren, and it was obviously the news I didn't want to hear, but after listening to the explanation and Dr. Warren's thoughts on it, I am convinced that this is the right procedure, the right way to go. I tried to talk to the coaches about it and I assured the coaches that we will have to be at our best because our team will know before they come in here tomorrow because of the media and we have to do a great job of getting our players refocused and our thoughts on going forward.

Q: Was there a non-surgical option?

A: I don't think so. No, that was never brought up.

Q: What is the actual injury to Umenyiora?

A: A lateral meniscus tear.

Q: Would there be any consideration of calling a guy like Michael Strahan?

A: You know what? Someone has already raised that today and I haven't really talked to anyone at this point in time about anything, to be honest with you. I am sure that Jerry Reese and I and ownership will look long and hard at whatever options are out there and do what is best here at this point in time.

Q: Would there be any consideration of moving Mathias Kiwanuka back to defensive end?

A: I have not had a chance to talk to anyone. I haven't talked to any of the players or to Kiwi or anyone this afternoon and until I do that, I will just refrain from any thoughts about what might happen within our team.

Q: How was Osi when you talked to him?

A: He was obviously subdued, but he assured me that he was okay.

Q: Based on the evaluation of Osi's injury last night it seemed like it wasn't as serious as it turned out to be?

A: With the medical people last night, there was no attempt to not make us aware of the possible severity of the injury. It was just that obviously nothing had been done yet. There was no MRI. They could not conduct a full examination and once that was conducted, then the doctors felt very strongly about this choice of action.

Q: What is the recovery time from an injury like Osi's?

A: I wouldn't be able to tell you that. It is an extensive injury that takes considerable time. I have heard it said four months, but again, probably each individual is somewhat different. The doctors have told me that this will be a four-month recovery.

Q: Who had raised the idea of Michael Strahan coming back to you earlier today?

A: Just the fact that someone indicated to me that it was out there. I don't have a whole lot of comment about it. The only thing I have talked to Michael about is his new challenge, moving forward in his new assignment, and he was very excited about that.

Q: Is there anything more painful to a coach than losing a star player in a preseason game?

A: I think the number one thing that brings frustration, anxiety, and knots in your stomach, all the things that go along with the injury to the players which do not allow your team to function as it is presented on paper. Those types of things are very difficult for coaches, no matter what age you are.

Q: Is there any concern about moving Kiwanuka from the defensive end position to linebacker and then back to defensive end?

A: I just indicated that I really haven't had a chance to talk to him, so I am not going to do a lot of commenting here and until that time, I really don't have much to say about that situation. I think it is in the best interest of our team and our player that he hears anything that I have to say from me to him first.

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