Osi Umenyiora is an accomplished veteran pass-rusher with 75 sacks and two Super Bowl rings to his name through 10 NFL seasons, and the 31-year-old will probably be paid handsomely when the free agent market opens up next week.
But it’s no secret that Umenyiora’s role is that of a two-down player who struggles against the run and that will also surely factor into the size of his next contract, something the soon to be ex-Giant was probably thinking about when he sent this tweet.
If the NFL is now a 60% passing league, why are great pass rushers talked about as “situational players”? That makes absolutely NO sense.
— Osi Umenyiora (@OsiUmenyiora) March 8, 2013
The easy answer is that if Umenyiora is correct with his percentages, a great pass rusher who is less effective against the run would still be rendered almost useless on 40 per cent of plays, something that seems to be the mark of a “situational” player.