Osi Umenyiora skips Super Bowl media day
Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora apologized for skipping Wednesday's Super Bowl media session, an infraction that cost him a $20,000 fine.
"I misunderstood the schedule," Umenyiora said in a statement released by the team. "It won't happen again, and I will be at Friday's media session and available after the game. I apologize forany inconvenience my absence this morning may have caused."
The fine was just a drop in the bucket for someone who made a hair under $4 million this year. And, if the Giants win Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday, the winner's share will certainly cover the lost revenue.
Though Umenyiora blamed his foul-up on a confused schedule, he might well have spent the time contemplating how to move Tom Brady off his spot, especially in light of the fact that Brady will have two dynamic tight ends to get him out of trouble quickly in Rob Gronkowski and Adam Hernandez.
Gronkowski, who came out of the walking boot that immobilized his sprained ankle Tuesday, has indicated that he'll be ready to go Sunday. And Hernandez, now used partially at running back as well as a pass-catching tight end, has been in good shape throughout the Super Bowl run-up.
They are formidable weapons in Brady's arsenal, but not invincible ones. At least according to one Antrel Rolle.
The safety said he had no doubt the Giants could handle both of them. Especially the truck-like Gronkowski.
"I think we possess a different kind of read in our secondary that other teams don't possess," Rolle told the media in Indianapolis. "We're a hands-on defensive unit. Once we put our hands on a guy, it's very hard for them to beat us."
Rolle gave no credence to the fact that Gronkowski and Hernandez combined for 12 catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns in the teams'November 6 meeting, a 24-20 Giants win accomplished on Jake Ballard's touchdown in the final seconds.
A fast, hard pass rush led by Umenyiora, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Justin Tuck would go far in disrupting Brady's timing. To disallow the quarterback to get the ball to his two dynamic tight ends in the first place will be a key to the game.
"Anybody can be rattled," Pierre-Paul said. "Tom Brady's a great quarterback. But at the end of the day he's just a quarterback. It's not like he's God."
Umenyiora was probably thinking just that during his expensive respite from the media horde.