|Behind Enemy Lines, NY Edition||09.02.09 at 4:39 pm ET|
A quick spin around the Internet to see how the New York media outlets are doing to preview Thursday’s Patriots-Giants preseason opener.
•The New York Times has New York’s right defensive end Osi Umenyiora apologizing for a brief walkout that happened because of a dispute with the coaching staff. “It was a very, very bad moral decision on my part and an even worse financial decision,” Umenyiora said. “It was so stupid and trivial for me to do that. I can’t believe I acted that way. I’m sorry for it. I apologized.” When asked if he might be punished by being benched for Thursday’s final preseason game at New England, Umenyiora showed his own sense of humor: “Aha! I’d be happy.”
•At the end of the same story, it was revealed New York coach Tom Coughlin would probably play quarterbacks Andre Woodson and Rhett Bomar, along with Eli Manning. In addition, wide receiver David Tyree will not play because of a hamstring injury, while offensive left tackle David Diehl will miss the first game of his career because of a sore knee.
•The New York Post has more on the decision to shut Diehl down. Diehl, who apparently might not even make the trip to Gillette Stadium, said he has never missed a game since he started playing high school football as a freshman. He is the only player selected in the 2003 NFL Draft to start every game the previous six seasons. “It’s not something I’m used to. It’s not something I’m ever going to get used to,” Diehl said. “I plan on playing every single snap, just like I did last season.”
•Coughlin also tells the Post that won’t comment on how much Manning will play, but did confirm that Woodson and Bomar, who are competing for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart behind Manning and David Carr, would see time against the Pats.
•The New York Daily News has more on Tyree, New York’s hero of Super Bowl XLII who might not play Thursday night against the Patriots because of a hamstring injury. (In fact, his Giants’ career may be in doubt.) Asked if Tyree had a chance to play, Coughlin said, “I don’t think he does, no. The medical people have decided that he’s not ready.”
•In advance of Thursday’s game, The Bergen Record looks at Bill Belichick’s coaching tree and derides the “wannabes” like Todd Haley and Josh McDaniels who have made mistakes lately. “All of these coaches seem determined to implement all of Belichick’s minutiae in their respective organizations, but minus the coaching smarts to go with it,” writes JP Pelzman. They also indicate the the Giants’ starters would play “about a quarter” Thursday night.
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