In an interview with ESPN's E:60 that will air on Tuesday night, McCoy added more fuel to the fire when he said:
"Osi, to be honest, he is a good player. I think he thinks that he is better than what he really is. I think he is a ballerina in a Giants uniform. Other than that, that is all I got to say about Osi."
This rivalry came to a head last year when Umenyiora tweeted (via ESPN) at McCoy, "Happy Mothers Day Lesean Mccoy! Enjoy your special day!!"
McCoy returned fire, calling Umenyiora the Giants' third-best defensive lineman among the G-men, among other barbs.
ESPN reports that in the E:60 episode, McCoy goes further, saying:
Now he is lucky that I was going through a contract situation and me and Coach [Andy] Reid are tight. So [Reid] told me, 'don't say nothing,' and I gave my word to him that I won't say nothing to him ... at the time.
This time, instead of letting the fourth-year RB get under his skin, Umenyiora took the high road, responding,
He is probably right. I might be a ballerina in a Giants uniform. I am lucky that I got the contract, I'm lucky to be playing 10 years in the league, won Super Bowls, all that is pure luck...I am happy for him. I'm happy that he got his contract, and I am happy that everything is working out for him in Philadelphia.
You have to give credit to Umenyiora for not responding to the shots fired by McCoy, who had a breakout season in 2011 but doesn't have much else to show for it.
Whereas Umenyiora has been an established premiere defensive end in the league for years, McCoy is a newcomer to stardom and has yet to get a grasp upon it.
Sure, McCoy rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 2010, but there were 13 RBs ahead of him, including New York's Ahmad Bradshaw.
Despite missing seven games in 2011, Umenyiora recorded nine sacks in nine games and was a major piece of the Super Bowl XLVI-winning defense.
Umenyiora was smart not to let McCoy's childish talk get to him, especially after the season McCoy is having. The 24-year-old has exceeded the 100-yard mark just once and has scored only one touchdown. He's also coughed the ball up twice, leaving much to be desired for the Philadelphia offense.
We'll have to wait until Sunday afternoon to see how the game plays out, but if Michael Vick continues to hand the ball to opposing defenses, Umenyiora and the G-Men are in for a big day.
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