New York Giants: Osi Umenyiora gives his take on the sad state of the team

The New York Giants are a bad football team. They are 0-4 in 2020 and have only won nine of their last thirty-six games. These are trying times for fans who are losing hope. Even former players are losing hope.

Two-time Super Bowl Champion pass-rusher Osi Umenyiora has given his take on the sad state of the New York Giants. As one would expect, he is disappointed like the rest of the fans.

Osi Umenyiora: “What the hell happened?”

Sad and confused, like the rest of the Giants’ fan base, Osi Umenyiora asks, “What the hell happened?”

“I look at the Giants I think the same way I look at America…I think I look at the Giants with a lot of fond memories, but then I’m like what the hell happened?” – Osi Umenyiora via the NY Post

Osi Umenyiora continued that quote, saying “It’s some absolute craziness going on” in the Giants’ organization right now. Umenyiora went on to deliver some more heartbreaking quotes:

But in some form or fashion they have almost lost their way. They have lost their identity. Like, what is the New York Giants’ identity right now? I couldn’t even tell you what it is. – Osi Umenyiora via the NY Post

Like all Giants fans, Osi is disappointed with the performance of the New York Giants over the last eight seasons. He pointed out how the Giants have one winning season in the last eight years, and how the eight years prior were so different. New York won two Super Bowls in those previous eight years.

The old Giants were “hard-nosed” and “physical,” as Osi pointed out. That was the Giants’ “identity.” But now, Osi cannot pinpoint what the Giants’ identity is anymore:

I don’t know what they are as a football team and how that happened, how that transpired…I will never really understand. What do we need to do to get back to where we were? Now that’s a story all in itself.” – Osi Umenyiora via the NY Post

It is had to disagree with anything that Osi Umenyiora said in this interview with the NY Post. The Giants have been bad for years now and have shown no signs of improvement. Back when Osi was on the team, the Giants had a strong identity and were a winning football team. It has all been downhill since then. Hopefully, sooner than later, New York is able to turn it around.

New York Giants legend Osi Umenyiora to pass on vintage pass rush moves to Oshane Ximines

New York Giants, Oshane Ximines, Osi Umenyiora

If you are a New York Giants fan, you remember Osi Umenyiora and his tantalizing speed off the edge. Umenyiora played with the Giants during both their Super Bowls in 2007 and 2011. Over nine years with Big Blue, he posted 75 sacks, 32 forced fumbles, 87 quarterback hits, and 70 tackles for a loss.

His size is somewhat comparable to Oshane Ximines, who the Giants drafted in the third round last year out of Old Dominion. Going into his second season, the potential is there for Ximines to explode onto the scene and become one of the Giants’ top pass rushers.

Seeing the similarities between Ximines and Umemyiora, notably their frame and similar style of play, I took to Twitter to try and connect them.

Luckily, the impossible happened. Oshane re-tweeted my plea, and Umenyiora answered the call, stating that the two would work together and hopefully transfer some of his vintage pass rush moves over to the young player.

Ximines finished his rookie season in 2019 with 4.5 sacks, 25 combined tackles, five tackles for the loss, and nine quarterback hits over 45% of defensive snaps.

The Old Dominion product has an impressive number of pass rush moves to display for the Giants. His arm chops, bull rush, and solid speed are all influential factors in his game. If he can learn how to explode off the edge as Osi did in his glory days, the Giants might be looking at their next big pass rusher.

However, he will have competition to unseat. The Giants still have Kyler Fackrell, who signed a one-year deal this off-season and potentially Markus Golden. Golden has a few more days to find a multi-year deal elsewhere, or he will likely sign a one-year contract with the Giants on the free-agent tender. This will pay him $4.125 million for the 2020 season.

With two experienced pass rushers on the roster, Ximines will have to perform during preseason and training camp to earn starting reps. Ideally, he will have over 60% of defensive snaps this upcoming season, giving us a good sample size going into 2021.