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Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Take/Trash: Osi on outs with fans

By Matt Ehalt

Osi Umenyiora said he believed that Sunday was likely his last game as a Giant.

The fans voting in ESPNNewYork.com's Take 'Em or Trash 'Em poll would like that to be the case.

Despite Umenyiora's stellar career with the Giants, 77 percent of early voters want him to take his talents elsewhere next season. The 77 percent disapproval rating is the highest so far for any Giants player.

Umenyiora isn't the only one feeling the wrath of fans on the defensive side of the ball, though. After watching him give up long touchdowns all season, the fans have voted to ship veteran Corey Webster out of town at a 62 percent clip. Like Umenyiora, Webster helped the Giants win two Super Bowls -- but fans would like to see some changes made to a struggling unit.

Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, whose defense in the regular season has been among the worst in the NFL the past two seasons, is also getting heat, with 56 percent of the fans wanting him gone. Fewell is the only member of the team's coordinators so far to fail with the fans, as special-teams coordinator Tom Quinn has 83 percent of the take vote and Kevin Gilbride has a 55 percent approval rating.

Overall, Giants fans seem to believe this team doesn't need a huge makeover after missing the playoffs for a third time in four seasons. Just four players overall are receiving more trash votes than take, with David Diehl being the only player on offense getting voted out. Diehl, who has often drawn the ire of fans, has received 72 percent of the trash vote after another rough season.

Tight end Martellus Bennett, a free agent, won over fans in his first season in New York, as 92 percent would like to see him back. Fans also hope that Kenny Phillips will get re-upped, as 77 percent would like to see the oft-injured safety back in New York. In something of a surprise, all five linebackers (Michael Boley, Chase Blackburn, Jacquian Williams, Mark Herzlich and Keith Rivers) have received more take votes, with Herzlich leading the way.