Osi Umenyiora was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month after four games in which he said he doesn’t think he did anything special.
“It’s a team thing,” Umenyiora said. “It’s a defensive team award. I don’t think I did anything special. I think the DBs did a very good job of covering and everybody else did a very good job of playing the run and I was just in position to make those plays. The coaches and the other players put me there, so thanks to them.”
Umenyiora certainly had a statistically special month. He had seven sacks and six forced fumbles. When he had three sacks against the Bears and then two against the Texans and Lions in consecutive weeks, it was the first time in his career that he had multiple sacks in back-to-back games.
“That’s just what I do,” Umenyiora said. “If I’m in position to make those plays, that’s what I’m going to do. I think everybody has to do their part to enable everybody else to perform at an optimum level and that’s what everyone’s done.”
Tom Coughlin did some of the boasting that Umenyiora would not allow himself to do.
“I thought it was well-earned,” he said of the award. “He’s played well against the pass and against the run. He’s been great from an attitude standpoint, outstanding with his teammates. He’s enjoyed playing, he’s having a lot of fun doing that and I think that’s been a real encouragement to his fellow teammates. He enjoys the success of others.”
Given the tones with which Umenyiora spoke during the offseason, Coughlin said his attitude has showed a maturity, perhaps new-found.
“He’s been very good,” Coughlin said. “He’s a man.”