First the Giants lay an egg in Jackonville Monday night. Then loud mouth Jeremy Shockey goes into meltdown mode postgame, telling the media that the Giants can’t be beat if they play on all cylinders. Then Tiki “leave me alone I’m going to retire” Barber gives the old team spirit with a mouthful of “the coaches should have run the ball more” speech to the media in the same postgame. Welcome to the sudden nightmare that the New York Giants season has become.
Friday the story of the saga broke that Giants coach Tom Coughlin had a sit down with Barber about the situation of Tiki going to the media with his concerns. I for one agree with coach Tom. Tiki has more than enough forums to speak his mind, including a radio show that he hosts with his brother, Ronde, once a week on Sirius Radio. Now he has to spew to the media how the Giants didn’t run enough Monday night? Give me a break.
Barber, who has already been bitten with criticism about his decision to basically announce his retirement during the season, came out on Friday and defended himself and what he says he is – a team guy. “I’m not a bad team guy,” he said. “That’s people’s perception and they’re entitled to their perceptions. My teammates — and I’m pretty sure my coaching staff — know that all I care about is winning. Some people may think I have an ulterior agenda, whether it be rushing yardage or whatever, may come into their minds, but all I care about is winning.”
Sure seems like his comments were meant to get him more carries and more yards. Let’s face it, if Barber would have gotten the ball 15 more times Monday night, you know what the outcome would have been – the same, a Giants loss. Barber ran for 27 yards on 10 carries, in a game that the Giants offense was doomed from the word go.
Coughlin quickly has to get this entire situation under control, and Friday he said as much to the New York Media – “People are to come to me if they have an issue with anything,” Coughlin added. “I’ll be glad to talk to them about it. It is not necessary to go to the media with this kind of stuff. It can be handled internally.” Barber didn’t do that, and now, with the teams most two critical games of the season the next two weeks – at Tennessee vs the upstart Titans and at home vs the Cowboys, it will be up to coach Tom to get his team back, and shut his own players up.