Umenyiora's Bluster Won't Hurt Giants

Chris Burnham@CMB1979Contributor IFebruary 4, 2010

Osi is threatening to retire if he doesn't retain his starting spot.

If it comes to that, Mr. Mara, Mr. Tisch, Jerry Reese, and Tom Coughlin should all wave good-bye and remind him to not let the door hit him where the Good Lord split 'im.

The fact of the matter is this: Once again, it all comes down to money. His former teammate at the University of Troy, and current All-World Sackmaster, DeMarcus Ware got his payday, and Julius Peppers is likely getting a truckload as well. Osi wants his, and now he's taking the petulant-child route, in hopes that if he screams loud enough, he'll get what he perceives as his market value.

The problem is, he's got no one else to go to bat for him.

We all know that Osi is a good player. It could be argued that he's a borderline great player. It was by sheer bad luck that he has essentially lost a year of his career to a knee injury that could have limited his effectiveness.

But he was a glaring liability last year against the run last year. And he still has trouble beating the edge. Again, this could be attributable to his knee not being totally sound, but it also makes his night against Winston Justice seem like a 'once-in-a-blue-moon" occurrence.

(And to say that he was the only problem with the defense this year is not the case. But for his opinion of himself, there were far too many instances where he was nothing more than a blip on the stat sheet. But evidently, he'd prefer that you'd just ignore that.)

Bill Sheridan and Osi were a bad mix from the get-go. From the infamous training-camp walk-out to now, Osi and Sheridan were never on the same page. To Osi's credit, he never complained during the season about his demotion.

Then again, it came after the first "season-saving" victory of a season that had too many of those. Four nights later, the Broncos wiped all of the goodwill away.

So now, Osi is barking. It's up to him to put up the numbers he feels that he's able to on Sunday. That he's all the way back.

Otherwise, he's got many long, boring autumn Sundays ahead.