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Osi Umenyiora, 12.02.10

Q: How has Pierre-Paul developed?
A: He's an outstanding football player. He has all the talent in the world, very athletic. He's coming along, and he's going to be a great one.

Q: Does he remind you of a younger version of yourself?
A: He reminds me of a younger DeMarcus Ware, actually. I saw DeMarcus growing up and I saw his attitude and the way he plays. They're very, very similar. He's just bigger.

Q: You usually don't practice on Wednesdays but you did this week:
A: Yeah, but Dave Tollefson was hurting a little bit so we didn't have any ends or whatever. I decided to go in there and help them out.

Q: So it's not a sign that you are feeling better or anything?
A: I'm definitely feeling better, no question. My knee feels great and my hip feels good. Everything is feeling good right now.

Q: How long has it been feeling better?
A: Maybe like the past few weeks.

Q: Did you expect that? Usually later in the season guys feel worse:
A: Right. Yeah, I've been feeling better. It's been the reverse for me. In the beginning, I was terrible and then as the season progressed, I started feeling no pain.

Q: Have you toned down your injections and pain killers?
A: Yeah, I haven't taken shots or nothing in a long time now. I'm alright.

Q: So catching an old guy like McNabb won't be a problem?
A: Hopefully. Hopefully I'll be able to get to him.

Q: How are they using him differently than the Eagles did?
A: He's doing - they're using him pretty similarly. They're running a lot of bootlegs and quick things. They're running the ball a lot more with a lot more zone. He's still a very effective quarterback.

Q: Weird seeing him in a Redskins uniform?
A: Nah, nah. I've been watching him for a while. The first time I saw him it was weird. He looks natural in that uniform now because I've been watching him play for a while.

Q: What was your reaction to his trade?
A: That's the business we're in. Nobody is untouchable, nobody is untradeable. Philly just showed that.

Q: How do you generate the emotion you had after halftime at the start of the game?
A: We know better than we came out and played last week. There is no excuse for that. Given the situation and the fact that it was a game that we had to win, there was no excuse for coming out and playing the way we did. Guys didn't really realize that until they saw how serious we were at halftime. I don't think that's going to happen again, or at least I hope it doesn't.

Q: You think it's a lesson learned type thing?
A: Absolutely. No question it was a lesson learned. I don't think it's going to take people getting up and speaking the way we did for us to come out and perform the way we did that second half.

Q: Maybe just do a pregame speech so you won't have to wait until halftime:
A: Nah man, I'm not really that type of person. I don't like to talk and do all that stuff. Whenever it's called upon or I feel like something needs to be said, then I'll say it, and that was definitely one of those situations.

Q: This is a rivalry game that should have everyone pumped up, shouldn't it?
A: No question, I think like you said it's a rivalry game. They're 5-6, but they've beaten some very, very good teams. Teams that we've lost to. A lot of these games they've played have been close. They're a good football team and they're only going to get better. It's going to be a good test for us and hopefully we're going to come out on top.

Q: Are you hungrier to get back for the playoffs after missing them last year?
A: Yeah. We've been kind of spoiled going to the playoffs I don't know how many years in a row. Last year, we kind of took it for granted. We had to sit at home and watch everyone else play. We knew we were a good football team. This year, I think we have the veterans and the coaching staff and everybody to make it not a repeat of last year.

Q: When you guys get booed like you did at the end of the first half, do you feel the same as Antrel does?
A: I'm used to it. That's just the way the fans are, but they have every right to be like that. They're paying $120 a ticket to come watch us play, and you can't go out there and stink it up like that, especially not in New York. As long as they're paying to come watch us play, they can boo and they can do whatever they want to do. It's well within their rights to do that.

Q: Have you ever spoken up like that at halftime before?
A: No. Not once. Last time I did it was the Denver game last year, but that didn't end too well. That ended bad, very, very bad. I try not to do that too much, but it was just - I don't know why. Hopefully we won't be in that situation any more where we have to do that, you know?