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Shady but True: Osi not a Top 5 Defensive End
June 18, 20112 Comments
News has been slow amidst the NFL lockout so you’ve probably heard about the Twitter war that erupted between Lesean ‘Shady’ McCoy and Osi Umenyiora a couple of days ago.
Anyway if you didn’t bother to click on the link above here is a paraphrased version of the story. Osi filed an affidavit claiming the New York Giants management reneged on a promise to renegotiate his contract. After the news broke an unprovoked Lesean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles tweeted that Osi was soft and only the third best defensive lineman of his team.
Now while I question McCoy’s sanity in saying that kind of thing when he has to face Osi and the Giants twice a year I do not question his logic.
In my opinion, Osi has always been considered an elite pass rusher but only because of his speed. He doesn’t have any great power moves nor does he have a great spin move, which can limit his effectiveness at times.
Even though Osi tied an NFL record with 10 forced fumbles last year he still disappeared at critical points in games because of the fact that he gets up field too fast and just gets pushed out of the play.
Osi is mad at the Giants because they are not paying him like a top 5 defensive end but I applaud the Giants for sticking to their guns and realizing that he is not in that category.
Speaking of top five, here are ten defensive ends that are better all around players than the disgruntled Umenyiora.
10 Defensive Ends Better Than Osi
|Justin Tuck||Sees more double teams and is dominant against the run.|
|Jared Allen||2010 wasn't a great year but still one of the best off the edge.|
|Dwight Freeney||Spin move is still unblockable.|
|Mario Williams||Good against the pass and the run.|
|Demarcus Ware||Just as good as Osi at forcing QB fumbles.|
|Will Smith||Unheralded at times but watch him on tape. He makes plays.|
|Julius Peppers||He made the Bears defense relevant again, nuff said.|
|Cameron Wake||Power and speed combination might be among the best in the league.|
|Trent Cole||Undersized but never gets outworked.|
|Darnell Dockett||A force that can rush the passer from any position on the defensive line.|
Think Osi belongs above any of the guys in this list?
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