Osi Umenyiora, 11.04.10

Q: Congratulations on your award, do you have any thoughts on it?
A: Appreciate that. No, it's a team thing. It's a defensive team award and I don't think I did anything special. I think the DBs did a very good job of covering, and everyone else did a really good job of playing the run. I was just in the position to make those plays. The coaches and the other players put me there, so thanks to them.

Q: Are you now Mr. October instead of Reggie Jackson?
A: No man, I don't even know what that is.

Q: Are you surprised that no Giant has won the defensive award since Strahan did in 2001?
A: Yeah, but I'm not even thinking about that anymore. That's in the past. We have a game this week that we have to concentrate on right now.

Q: How'd you find out about it?
A: Somebody told me this morning, I don't even remember.

Q: After what happened last year, what do you think about how things have changed and is this proof of that?
A: I'm just focused on what we have to do this week in Seattle. I can't rehash what happened last year. I'm not even thinking about that right now.

Q: Did it play into you coming back as a starter?
A: I don't know, you're going to have to ask Barry that. I don't know anything about that.

Q: You've been to the Pro Bowl and you won a championship, how do you rate this past month's performance compared to the rest?
A: I think that defensively, this was one of our best months. I think that's what's enabled me to do some of the things that I've done. I think we played better than we played in a long time.

Q: What about you personally?
A: Personally, things just happen sometimes. Sometimes they happen and sometimes they don't. Fortunately, things were able to happen. I give all the credit to the defensive players and the coaches. Personally, I don't think I did anything special.

Q: Really? Why?
A: That's just what I do. I think if I'm positioned to make those plays, that's what I'm going to do. I think everybody has to do their part to enable everybody else to perform at an optimum level, and I think that's what everyone has done.

Q: Michael says when the double-teams stopped, that's a sign of disrespect. Do you see them coming back now with your recent success?
A: Well, they were doing that last year. When I "wasn't doing anything," there were double-teams and doing all that stuff. It's a part of the game, that's what happens, and I don't expect it to change for the next couple of years.

Q: If you get up on Sunday and the weather in Seattle is like this, does that help the defense?
A: I don't know. I don't know if helps us, but I don't think it's going to hurt us. I think we're built for any situation. If it gets cold and rainy and they want to run the ball, we can handle that. If it's a good day and they want to air it out, we can handle that also. Whichever way they want to play it, I think we'll be alright.

Q: You guys have taken out a lot of quarterbacks, and Hasselbeck is injured and was sacked eight times last week. Do you guys have a mental edge already going into the game?
A: He's a veteran. He's been in the league for a long time, so I'm quite sure he's been through situations like this before with his team. He's been sacked like that before. I don't think he's thinking about that. We aren't going in there trying to hurt anybody, it just happens like that sometimes. We're not going in there trying purposely to knock him out, so he shouldn't think about us harassing him. We are going to try and harass him, but we're not going to try and hurt him.

Q: You don't mind having the quarterback thinking that you're coming after him, though:
A: He's going to know that it's what our plan is. So he has to keep on trying to maintain poise and pocket awareness. We're going to come after whoever we play.

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