Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora not only is one of the NFL's best pass-rushers, he's also one of its very best interviews. He proved that once again Monday during my visit to the Giants' training camp at the University of Albany.
I went up there to talk to Umenyiora and others for an upcoming piece in the Daily News.
At one point in the interview, I asked Umenyiora about last year's first Eagles-Giants game at the Meadowlands. As everyone certainly remembers, that was the infamous Winston Justice Game. The Giants sacked quarterback Donovan McNabb 12 times in the 16-3 Week 4 win. Umenyiora had six of them, including four that were given up by Justice, who started at left tackle in place of injured Tra Thomas.
Many of us were dumbfounded that the Eagles' offensive coaching staff didn't give Justice more/any help on Umenyiora in that game. Umenyiora was dumbfounded too.
"A lot of people like to blame Winston Justice and say this and that about him," Umenyiora said. "But you don't do what the Eagles did that day in the NFL. You don't leave a guy out there (alone) like that. Even when I've played against Tra Thomas, they never left him out there like they did Justice.
Umenyiora finished third in the NFC in sacks last year with 13.