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DE Osi Umenyiora Interview


Q: It looks like Vince Young is going to start. What kind of problems does he impose and how is he similar to Vick?

A: Pretty similar. He's a good quarterback, athletic, can make plays with his feet as well as with his arm. He came down here with Tennessee last year and they beat us. He had a good game then. Whoever plays, we'll try to prepare ourselves as best as we can for.

Q: Is he tougher than Vick because of his size?

A: No.

Q: Have you seen any differences in Justin Tuck?

A: It happens. You're not going to get 12 sacks and make a Pro Bowl every year. Sometimes those plays just don't come your way. Nothing has changed in his effort. He's still the same guy. He's playing well for us, but obviously he would like to make more plays, but it's just not happening for him right now. But I think eventually it will.

Q: What does the defense have to do to stop LeSean McCoy?

A: I think, especially if Vick doesn't play, our main focus will be on trying to shut him down. He's having a tremendous season so far. We have to do some things to control him. It's going to be hard. Nobody has really been able to shut him down completely. We're going to have our work cut out for us and we'll see what happens.

Q: Have you paid attention to what's been going on in Philadelphia?

A: No, not at all. I think we're more focused on what it is that we have to do. One thing I do know about Philly is they're a very, very well coached football team. They've had an opportunity to win most of the games this year. They just haven't been able to finish. Andy Reid's a great coach. They have a lot of pride on that football team and they're going to come out and give us a fight, for sure.

Q: Are you surprised that they've turned out the way they have?

A: I haven't really thought that much about that. We have a lot of things that we concern ourselves with around here and I have a lot of other things on my mind besides what's going on in Philly. Haven't really given much thought to what's going on over there.

Q: After the give and take between you and McCoy in the offseason, is there added motivation?

A: No, not at all. He said some things he shouldn't have said. He made a mistake there. At the end of the day, there's no extra motivation. I know for a fact that we have to win this game to get to where we need to go. He ran his mouth. He crossed the line that shouldn't have been crossed. I think this week, if he was going to say something, should have been the week he said some things like that. I'm not really concerned about that. I'll see him on the football field and we'll go from there.

Q: Are you still upset about the stuff that was said? A: No, not at all. What he did was unforgivable. Do you understand what I mean? Because whenever you see a man in a contract dispute, a fellow NFL player, you don't take that opportunity to take your shots at him. You wait until you're about to play him. Then you take your shots. We've had our problems. I've moved past it. I just have to focus on winning right now.Join other diehard Giants Fans!

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