We mentioned this morning that former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber said Wednesday that Tom Coughlin's job was in jeopardy and that he might be in the process of losing the locker room. On Thursday, he had a chance to clarify those remarks while discussing his induction into the Giants' new Ring of Honor:
"I've never, and I would challenge anyone to this, I have never said that Tom was a bad coach," Barber said per ESPNNewYork.com. "I think he is a great coach. My issue with him, and he knows what it is because we had plenty of discussions, some civil, some not, is about how you treat people. His biggest evolution is in how he's respected his players and how he's got them to play for him. That is why they won the Super Bowl in 2007. Now, he needs as a team, he needs to find that mutual center of respect and success will come their way."
But that's not all Barber said during Thursday's conference call:
"[Coughlin's] is in a crisis because of the perception that he is losing his team," Barber said. "We all know that especially in New York, once the media and the perception becomes a reality, you start fighting against it. And when you are fighting against something that is not necessarily real, you make it real. That is why he is in a crisis."
Really? So Coughlin's causing this crisis because he's fighting against the media? That seems a little far-fetched to me. Ian O'Connor of ESPNNewYork.com certainly thinks Coughlin will hold this thing together. He thinks the Giants coach will continue to point to what happened in 2007. And that's a pretty good reference point.