Umenyiora tired of criticism from former teammates

If the New York Giants got as much production the rest of the season from Osi Umenyiora as they’ve gotten talk so far, the front four of the defense will be just fine.

But Umenyiora is apparently fed up with the chirping done by former teammates, particularly when they question the health of players like himself, defensive end Justin Tuck and running back Brandon Jacobs.

According to Jeff Roberts of the Bergen Record, Umenyiora directed his remarks at Michael Strahan and Antonio Pierce and said he wishes they would “stop it and sit down somewhere."

"It’s very, very disappointing," Umenyiora said. "I can understand when the media does it. ... (But) these other guys, they’ve played the game before, so they know what it’s like. And to hear them come out and say some of the things that they said is very, very disappointing.

"And it makes me question how real and how authentic they really are because they know better than to come out and say some of the things that they’ve said."

Pierce said on Monday that Jacobs and Tuck should have played in the loss to the Seattle Seahawks last week. Both are still out for this Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.

“Sometimes you get in the media, and you just have to say something," Umenyiora said. "I’ve been to some of these production meetings and the producer will tell you, create controversy and say some things that you otherwise wouldn’t have said."

Still, Umenyiora called Pierce a friend and “good dude” and referred to Strahan as a “mentor.” He said they should know better.

"You can’t question a guy’s toughness," Umenyiora said. "You don’t know what he’s going through on the football field.”

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