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Giants’ Osi Umenyiora Says RG3 Nickname is a No-Go and That Rex Ryan Has Learned His Lesson

July 25th, 2012 at 4:02 PM
By Dan Benton

In today's NFL, nicknames are often given rather than earned. For some veterans, like New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, they feel that having a cognomen bestowed upon someone is an honor that must come through hard work and on-field success. It's for that reason that Umenyiora has heard enough about Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III and the RG3 moniker.

“Who is this RG3 guy you guys keep talking about? You talking about Bob Griffin? You guys are giving him a cool nickname already and everything," Umenyiora said during a WFAN interview on Tuesday. “When he does anything in the NFL we’re gonna call him RG3. Right now he’s Bob Griffin.”

Osi giveth and Osi taketh away. Henceforth, RG3 will be known as "Bob", while Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy remains "Lady Gaga."

It wasn't just Bob that Umenyiora had in the crosshairs, however. He also briefly targeted New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan … noting that Big Blue taught he and Gang Green a valuable lesson they should not soon forget.

“I didn’t play that game but I was in the meetings and all that stuff, man, they didn’t like [the trash talk] at all. I just knew the Jets were gonna get a beat-down after all that trash talking they were doing," Umenyiora said. “I think Rex has pretty much learned his lesson about that … you really don’t want to be poking a bear with a short stick like that.”

Love the chatter or hate the chatter, there's no denying that Chief Osi may have a career in comedy once he retires from the NFL. He never shies away from saying exactly what's on his mind, no matter how controversial it may be, and that's a unique quality that should be respected.

And hey, it's not as if he's not telling anyone things they don't already know.


Tags: Football, LeSean McCoy, New York, New York Giants, New York Jets, NFL, Osi Umenyiora, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles, Rex Ryan, Robert Griffin III, Washington, Washington Redskins

6 Responses to “Giants’ Osi Umenyiora Says RG3 Nickname is a No-Go and That Rex Ryan Has Learned His Lesson”

  1.  GOAT56 says:

    I think Osi helps provide our swagger in the same way Rolle does. It’s great to have modest leaders like Eli and Tuck but them combined with the Osi’s, Rolle’s and Jacobs of the world is what’s been the backbone of this team.

  2.  Grateful Giants says:

    For what its worth, I don’t know how credible this website is, but this is a good read about our o-line.

    One of the biggest issues last year may not have been the personnel so much as the scheme change.

    “The Giants drafted players for the offensive line in the last two years from schools that use the zone blocking scheme. The learning curve might be easier for them, they can concentrate on footwork, technique and getting stronger.”

    •  TheCatch says:

      Thanks, good read. (Looking forward to 8/1?)

      •  GIANTT says:

        Interesting , probably one of the few places we can actually find out about the lesser lights in camp .
        This change in blocking situation then , zone blocking is it in this case basic straight ahead and knock everyone out in your area ? . So the other scheme the blockers slide and the RB waits til something opens up which as he said is why BJ spent his time tiptoeing along . Straight zone blocking needs a quicker back to find the hole . So , going back to my theory of a philosophy change and vast improvement in the running game ,The Giants are going back to a blocking scheme that works better for a running game and they have drafted players linemaen and Wilson who fit that scheme .
        And I was accused of overthinking the drafting of Wilson ?

  3.  Dirt says:

    Going to camp Saturday fools.

  4.  GIANTT says:

    I also agree with Osi – you dont get a nickname until youve dobe something to earn it

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