Last week the Twitterverse was humming with nonsensical needling. This is, of course, a result of too much idle time on the Philadelphia Eagles’ hands. Perhaps that is not entirely accurate. There always seems to be a slow and steady leak emanating from the gaping hole in the Philadelphia face. Of course, this hole is only wide enough to talk trash when the Eagles have had a moderately successful season. All other times, it is wrapped up tight.
Most of the talk has been coming from the Seans during the offseason. LeSean McCoy is the current culprit. All of the other Philly Seans keep their mouths well greased though – DeSean, BeSean, Fe-Fi-FoSean…all of them. While most professional football players are focusing on working out a deal to end the lockout or getting their bodies into game shape, the Eagles are focusing their sights on the New York Giants, Osi Umenyiora in particular.
LeSean McCoy heated the Twitter burner by calling Osi Umenyiora “soft” and “third best” defensive linesman on the New York Giants. Warren Sapp joined in on the action by insulting Osi’s performance against the Denver Broncos…FROM 2009! First, let me address the ramblings of a bird brain and then I’ll get to Sapp.
McCoy – here we have a guy who had a decent season last year…HIS FIRST ONE! He rushed for 1,080 yards. That’s nothing to sneeze at. However, you will notice that he did not target a NY Giants running back to razz. Why? Despite McCoy rushing for over 1,000 last season, he still did not rank in the top ten. Guess who did. Ahmad Bradshaw. Naturally, someone who did not earn a top slot in rushing stats, who has a really big mouth, is going to talk trash about a position other than their own.
But let’s put his words into perspective. “Soft” and “3rd best DL.” Osi was tied for “3rd best DL” in sacks, in all of the NFL, last season. Justin Tuck was tied with Osi in sacks – 11.5. Osi and Tuck were tied at the #7 position in sacks overall in the NFL. That doesn’t sound too “soft” to me. In fact, it looks like Osi had a better year than McCoy did. So, LeSean…you really should do your homework before calling someone out who wears a Super Bowl ring. Worry about running the ball and not running your mouth.
OK, Sapp. Warren has made his mark in football. But he is no Lawrence Taylor or Michael Strahan. In fact, his position as “sports analyst” has gone to his oddly shaped head. Let’s talk numbers. Umenyiora has many great years ahead of him yet. He has played 7 full seasons. In Warren Sapp’s first 7 seasons he recorded a total of 38 sacks…38. Osi has a total of 60 sacks. How do you explain the difference of 22 sacks if Osi is in fact, “soft” Warren? Here is a better question – why on Earth are you bringing up a game from 2009 to make the point that Osi is “soft?” It sounds to me like Warren Sapp needs to go back to Broadcast Bootcamp!