He spoke with Mike & Mike this morning on ESPN Radio and just a little while ago he was on First Take on ESPN2 talking about his future place with the Giants (in between pitches for 5-hour Energy Drink).
"Obviously I'm a competitor and I'm a competitive person by nature," Umenyiora said. "I didn’t totally agree with that situation last yearand that’s why I said what I said because I didn’t feel like I could sit through something like that last year (again). It was extremely painful and extremely difficult for me and my family."
I don't know how being demoted to a third-down pass rusher was difficult for his family, but OK. Then Osi got philosophical about what went wrong in 2009.
"It’s life," he said. "The NFL is a microcosm of life itself. You’re going to have good years, youre going to have great years, you're going to have average years and you're going to have bad years. Last year was an average year for me personally and for the team it just didn’t go the way that we wanted it to. Things kind of snowballed from there."
"Obviously there’s going to be a rebound," he said. "The team’s going to be back. I'm going to be back. Everything is going to be back right."
It's unclear if when he said "I'm going to be back" if he meant back with the Giants or back to his Pro Bowl form. Considering the comments of the last 24 hours, I'd say the latter.
Umenyiora also said he hasn't spoken with new defensive coach Perry Fewell, which we already knew, but that he hasn't spoken with Tom Coughlin since the season eneded either.
"Eventually, obviously, we’re going to have to have a discussion and we’ll see where things go from there," he said.
"I feel I'm a very productive player and I can still be a very productive player in this league and you have to play and you have to be out there on the field to accomplish those things that I feel like I need to accomplish," he said. "So that’s something we’re going to have to discuss when I do sit down and meet with them."