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Why so much love for Osi?

I don't quite understand the love affair that my fellow Giants fans have with Osi Umenyiora.  What has he proven in his career?  He's had 2 big seasons.  One of them was skewed by having six sacks in one game.  Yes, you still count those six sacks but that was an aberration - not the norm. The other season was with a resurgent Strahan on the other side.  Tuck wasn't even a starter and he had just one less sack than Osi in that season.  I understand that Tuck benefited from Strahan as well but Tuck proved himself in 2008 when he was without both Osi and Strahan.

Some will point to Osi leading the 2009 team in sacks. Don't be fooled.  Anyone who followed the Giants this season knows that Osi sold out for the sack anytime defensive guru Bill Sheridan didn't have him dropping back into coverage.  Over the course of a 16-game schedule, you're bound to get some sacks if that's all you go for on virtually every snap.  Conversely, his numbers against the run were putrid.  According to Pro Football Focus, he was 114th out of 133 DEs against the run in 2009.  (Gaines Adams is counted twice - once with TB and once with CHI.)  If he were more controlled, he would've been better against the run and had fewer sacks, thus negating the flashy sack numbers to which fans point. 

For my Giants' sake, I hope Osi does indeed have a great 2010 campaign.  I don't think he's beyond being a productive player for the Giants but he's not an untouchable commodity either.   I wouldn't be adverse to trading him in an effort to get McClain or trading him just to move him and drafting Dunlap in his stead (pending the combine).  

What say ye?

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