Osi Umenyiora was thrilled with what he saw.
The two-time Super Bowl champion, a jet-quick Giants pass rusher, was not referring to the final record of 6-10 in Joe Judge’s first year as head coach. It was the way the team played, from beginning to end, that impressed Umenyiora, and that is what he told this year’s team during a training camp visit this week.
“They played with a lot of heart, they played the whole way through,’’ Umenyiora said Tuesday while standing on the patio overlooking practice at the Giants’ facility. “In this day and age that’s a very difficult thing to do. It’s really easy to stop or quit nowadays and the fact they didn’t have that in them reminded me of a certain coach we played for.’’
That Umenyiora, 39, sees some of Tom Coughlin in Judge is telling. Coughlin was an assistant with the Giants for Bill Parcells and always stressed the tradition inherent in the franchise. Judge arrived last year and did the same. He is upping the ante in year No. 2.
He wants those guys around.
Former Giants greats were on-hand at training camp Tuesday with praise for Joe Judge.for the NY POST
“Some organizations, you kind of come and go,’’ Judge said. “This is one of the different ones where history matters, history carries over. In terms of former players coming back here, if anyone hasn’t heard my voice yet, I hope…