Tiki Barber, who last season said Tom Coughlin’s team was in a crisis, criticized his former coach again in a self-written column Tuesday.
“Now don’t read that as me saying that coach Coughlin is “not a “good” coach, which I’ve always said that he is; however, I’ve just felt that his messages sometimes fit “his” agenda, not “our” agenda,” Barber wrote.
Barber pointed out two examples to make his point:
1. Following a 17-10 loss to Philadelphia two weeks ago, Coughlin told the media, “We had 29 yards rushing, which is about as pathetic as you can get.” From this, Barber concluded that the Giants coach was “placing the arrow directly at Brandon Jacobs (12 carries, 21 yards) and the offensive line, “as if they either aren’t good enough or weren’t trying hard enough.” “Now, he may have been right, but for someone who is prone to saying, “we have to keep our s-- in-house,” it sounded a little outside the corps talking point,” Barber wrote.
2. During Coughlin’s introductory press conference in 2004, he said, “injuries are a cancer,” only to change his stance later, saying, “It is something has to be corrected. It is s a mental thing I believe as anything else.” In this, Barber notes “irony.” The Giants have lost several players due to injury this season, at the same time their play of late, “hasn’t exactly rang of mental toughness.” “So who takes the blame?” Barber wonders.
Barber goes on to discuss how the Giants have struggled in second-halves in each of the last three seasons, and how it doesn’t fall squarely on anyone one person, rather on the team as a whole. He wonders how -- given the Giants’ recent failures -- we “fairly” evaluate Coughlin?
“Maybe I’m not qualified to answer that because I’m not in that locker room anymore; However, watching from afar, I get the feeling that things aren’t necessarily “all good” over at MetLife Stadium,” Barber writes in closing.
It has been well-documented how Barber never saw eye-to-eye with Coughlin during his playing days, and eventually had a falling out. Barber had said in the past that it was Coughlin’s militant and “demeaning” coaching style that drove him from the field into the broadcast booth.
Barber wrote Tuesday that the basic reason for the falling out was because, “I didn’t think that he was a “fair” coach, and we as New York Giants didn’t appreciate his lack of acknowledgement.”
After his retirement, Barber questioned Eli Manning’s leadership skills before he quarterbacked the Giants to a Super Bowl title in 2007.
Earlier this year, Barber generated headlines and outrage when he made a reference to Anne Frank when discussing he and his girlfriend moving into his jewish agent Mark Lepselter’s attic.
“Lep’s Jewish, Barber told SI, “and it was like a reverse Anne Frank thing.”