Coughlin expects Osi to return in 2010

In the aftermath of the Giants' disgraceful 41-9 loss to the Panthers, defensive end Osi Umenyiora blew off some steam about his lack of playing time and insinuated that he might not be around next season.

"I couldn’t really explain what I’m feeling right now," Umenyiora told reporters after the game. "Disappointment is an understatement, in everything. The way everything has played out this year has been absolute nonsense; very disappointed, disheartened, discouraged, whatever you want to call it. I feel all those emotions."

Umenyiora didn't speak to reporters Monday, but head coach Tom Coughlin responded to questions about the player's comments.

"I would just tell you he’s a very, very important asset to our team,” Coughlin said while pointing out that Umenyiora was likely caught up in the moment.

Coughlin made it clear that he expected Umenyiora to be back with the Giants in 2010 and that he should have been on the field more against the Panthers. Umenyiora estimated that he only played six snaps against the Panthers. The Panthers were gashing the Giants in the running game, so I'm sure that had something to do with Umenyiora's limited reps.

Much more to come as we try to figure out what in the world happened to the Giants this season.