Osi Umenyiora capped off a dominant 2010 with a two-sack, two-forced fumble performance against the Redskins on Sunday evening.
Still, like the rest of the Giants, Umenyiora was left to wonder ‘what if’' after the Giants fell short of the playoff berth when the Bears lost to the Packers.
“Looking at the teams that are in, we could have beaten any one of those teams,” Umenyiora said. “This is very difficult, but that’s the way it happens sometimes. We just have to apologize to all of the fans for the end of the season, the last two games before this one.”
On a personal level, Umenyiora had a very strong 2010, especially considering all of the question marks surrounding his future with the Giants entering the year. He openly questioned his role on the Giants in the offseason after he was demoted in the middle of the 2009 season.
Speculation that Umenyiora was headed out of town reached a fever pitch when GM Jerry Reese used his first-round draft pick to select defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.
But once Umenyiora hit the field, there was no controversy. He didn’t speak much to the media all year, instead making loud statements between the lines.
Umenyiora finished the season with 61 total tackles, 11.5 sacks, a league-record ten forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
“Anytime you’re able to force turnovers and put your offense in a position to score, I think it’s a good thing,” he said of the record-setting forced-fumble total. “I didn't go into this thinking about that, but that’s just the way it happened.”