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Tiki Barber decries “collapse” of the Giants

File photo of runningback Tiki Barber in Philadelphia Reuters

Former Giants running back Tiki Barber has, for approximately the 4,392nd time, made comments that probably won’t sit well in the locker room of his old team.

Barber wrote a column for TheXLog.com in which he discussed what looks like a late-season swoon for the Giants, and he wasn’t particularly complimentary of his former teammates and coaches.

“The last three seasons have been marred by collapse,” Barber wrote. “A once vaunted running game and stingy-aggressive defense have given way to mediocrity and Eli Manning being the only saving grace.
Hopes of dynastic Super Bowl runs have morphed into ‘let’s hope we win more than we lose.’”

To unpack that a little bit, Barber is pointing out that the running game isn’t as good as it was when he was there. That’s true, although it comes across as sour grapes when it’s coming from Barber, who wanted to return to the NFL this year and learned that the Giants (and 31 other teams) were uninterested. Barber’s praise for the Giants’ quarterback is a change, however, as Barber had previously publicly criticized Manning.

The main subject of Barber’s column, however, was Giants coach Tom Coughlin.

“And in the midst of a three game losing streak, after consecutive ugly losses, and potentially on the verge of making it four with the undefeated Green Bay Packers next on the docket, how do we “fairly” evaluate Tom Coughlin?” Barber wrote. “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 is correct that things aren’t all good with the Giants right now: Given their losing streak and their future schedule, they look like a long shot to make the playoffs. But as he too often does, Barber comes across like he’s more interested in settling some old score than in offering a coherent analysis of the situation with the Giants.

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  1. thridandlong says: Nov 30, 2011 12:18 PM

    Throwing teams under the bus Tiki, not a great career move when you are trying to re-establish your in football….and so the bridges burn !!!

  2. yodelpoo says: Nov 30, 2011 12:20 PM

    “Maybe I’m not qualified to answer that because I’m not in that locker room anymore”

    Correct. Now shut up you you bald headed phoney.

  3. football272 says: Nov 30, 2011 12:20 PM

    Tiki went from the Today Show to “TheXLog.com”. What the hell is “TheXLog.com”? LOL!

  4. mvp43 says: Nov 30, 2011 12:20 PM

    A little bitter Tiki? How’s that divorce coming along you D-bag

  5. primetime6 says: Nov 30, 2011 12:20 PM

    What is wrong with this guy?… he could have gone down as a great Giant, but he keeps giving Giant fans reasons to hate him…

  6. jjrs89 says: Nov 30, 2011 12:21 PM

    Im simply flabbergasted

  7. redbullenergydrink says: Nov 30, 2011 12:22 PM

    Tell us something we didn’t know, Tiki.

  8. melikefootball says: Nov 30, 2011 12:22 PM

    Tiki can’t understand why NO team wants him,, duh ….great team mate, throws all under the buss but himself.

  9. eyesofdisarray says: Nov 30, 2011 12:23 PM

    Sounds like Tiki is in need of attention again.

  10. ghostrider25 says: Nov 30, 2011 12:23 PM

    Tom Coughlin is flabbergasted.

  11. i3addog says: Nov 30, 2011 12:23 PM

    Kind of like Favre saying the Packers won’t make it. He has an axe to grind.

  12. chasezdad16 says: Nov 30, 2011 12:23 PM

    This Guy…smh

  13. Iamthatguy says: Nov 30, 2011 12:24 PM

    Tiki is just telling it like it is, even though he is a loser himself.

    The Giants are still the Giants, nothing more than a mediocre team, just as they have been for the last 12-15 years. Yes, even in their Championship season they were just above average but had a once in a lifetime game at the end.

    Hell, the Giants fans are just like them. Average schmucks.

  14. Iamthatguy says: Nov 30, 2011 12:24 PM

    Tiki is just telling it like it is, even though he is a loser himself.

    The Giants are still the Giants, nothing more than a mediocre team, just as they have been for the last 12-15 years. Yes, even in their Championship season they were just above average but had a once in a lifetime game at the end.

    Hell, the Giants fans are just like them….. Average schmucks.

  15. bikindrumz says: Nov 30, 2011 12:24 PM

    Little guy is always looking for a fight to run away from isn’t he.

  16. davekiid says: Nov 30, 2011 12:25 PM

    Miki Barber strikes again.

  17. hooks024 says: Nov 30, 2011 12:25 PM

    Will he just stay away from the nfl already? Get over yourself, you washed up pos.

  18. dannymac17 says: Nov 30, 2011 12:26 PM

    Well, im flabbergasted.

  19. thingamajig says: Nov 30, 2011 12:26 PM

    “Barber wrote a column for TheXLog.com”
    Can’t play football or be a broadcaster so you gotta do something to pay the alimony and put beans on the table.

  20. blueandsilver9 says: Nov 30, 2011 12:26 PM

    Flabbergasted

  21. boswivel says: Nov 30, 2011 12:27 PM

    Over/Under on “Flabbergasted” references: 173

  22. ferdfteenthousand says: Nov 30, 2011 12:28 PM

    Didn’t his comeback campaign “collapse”?

  23. dadsource says: Nov 30, 2011 12:29 PM

    Tiki is flabbergasted!

  24. irimz says: Nov 30, 2011 12:30 PM

    Tiki, please shut the hell up!

  25. mrcincinnati says: Nov 30, 2011 12:30 PM

    im a bengals fan, but he IS making some strong points..Its ok to disagree with him and me giants fans but thats exactly what it looks like from the outside lookin in..

  26. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Nov 30, 2011 12:31 PM

    He sounds like a bitter, old, angry POS who just can’t keep his mouth shut.

  27. jagsgrl says: Nov 30, 2011 12:31 PM

    shut up

  28. zaggs says: Nov 30, 2011 12:31 PM

    When the Giants had injuries like they do now when Barber was there, I dont remember them playing much better. 2 out of their 3 starting linebackers are rookies, Amukamara has only played 2 games and maybe practiced 3 weeks.

  29. coldlegend says: Nov 30, 2011 12:31 PM

    The Giants are turrible.

  30. icanspeel says: Nov 30, 2011 12:32 PM

    I am sure he also thinks if they brought him back they would be in 1st place also.

  31. petehemlock says: Nov 30, 2011 12:32 PM

    Tiki should get together with Jake Plummer and opine over tea.

  32. cruzzzzzznyg80 says: Nov 30, 2011 12:32 PM

    Tiki will continue to be bitter. Keep talkin while behind your desk.

  33. wegonnadoitbaby says: Nov 30, 2011 12:32 PM

    Shocking.

  34. charliesbatch says: Nov 30, 2011 12:32 PM

    The Xlog.com…not exactly the same as playing in the NFL or working for the Today show. Hard not to get a chuckle out of this guys demise. Karma, as they say, is a b!tch and it certainly has come back to bite this cheating a$$hole

  35. shmendal says: Nov 30, 2011 12:33 PM

    I got nothing to do with either the Giants or Tiki, but for real, just stay away from them Tiki! They are better off without you!

  36. bw115 says: Nov 30, 2011 12:33 PM

    Someone isn’t taking the break up well

  37. bigdan7885 says: Nov 30, 2011 12:34 PM

    What the hell is ‘TheXLog.com”???

  38. hoosierdude says: Nov 30, 2011 12:35 PM

    And I’ll bet Tiki is flabbergasted.

  39. rhardy1206rhardy1206 says: Nov 30, 2011 12:36 PM

    Guess you have alot of time to talk crap when your services are no longer wanted in the N.F.L

  40. shibbet says: Nov 30, 2011 12:37 PM

    He mad.

  41. yevrag3535 says: Nov 30, 2011 12:38 PM

    Who cares, non story – once again !!!!!!!

  42. rarson says: Nov 30, 2011 12:39 PM

    If only they had resigned Tiki, they’d be undefeated, on their way to multiple Super Bowls.

  43. chmba says: Nov 30, 2011 12:39 PM

    Yeah, they need Tiki back so he can fumble some more. This guy is a joke and fell on his face in broadcasting (although SOME NETWORK paid him a small fortune to do it). Question, why does anyone care what he thinks. Go away Tiki.

  44. hedleykow says: Nov 30, 2011 12:40 PM

    Everyone knows the Giants will at least split their two upcoming games with the Cowboys. If they can somehow manage to win them both, which is entirely possible, then get some players back for a playoff run, this story never needed to happen.

  45. mikeheruki says: Nov 30, 2011 12:41 PM

    Why is this guy still talking???

  46. rando74 says: Nov 30, 2011 12:42 PM

    I think I saw Tiki driving by the facility at 2 a.m. to see whose car is in teh parking lot. I also heard he burned all his pictures of the Giants and deleted Tom Couphlin and Eli Manning from his Facebook.

  47. thevikes85 says: Nov 30, 2011 12:42 PM

    Remember how the Giants got rid of him and then won a superbowl?That must STING.Shut up Tiki,Ronde is the better twin anyway.

  48. drboogerlips says: Nov 30, 2011 12:43 PM

    I wouldn’t be upset if I never heard his name again.

  49. brennankm46 says: Nov 30, 2011 12:44 PM

    A paraphrased version of this story:

    “Good points by Tiki, but what an enormous jag.”

  50. cleverbob says: Nov 30, 2011 12:44 PM

    Tom Coughlin is flabbergasted.

  51. schmitty2 says: Nov 30, 2011 12:45 PM

    Someone should probably advise him to stay far away from Metlife stadium for his own safety

  52. andyreidcarboload says: Nov 30, 2011 12:45 PM

    His analysis holds very little weight with me. I guess it’s the Giant homer in me that can’t get over him walking out on his pregnant wife for an intern.

  53. cowboylover says: Nov 30, 2011 12:46 PM

    I don’t think the Giants were that good even when they won their last Super Bowl. But for one pass, they would have lost. That being said, they won, but certainly overachieved that year.

  54. bristerfan says: Nov 30, 2011 12:47 PM

    Blast Tiki all you want, the guy obviously has a grudge. But he’s right. Look at the Giants the last couple of weeks. They’ve been bad. Coughlin looks more and more like he’s on his way out. It’s too bad, Eli is having one of his best years. If Mike Lupica wrote these same exact words, I can guarantee you we wouldn’t be blasting him like Tiki. If you take his grudge out of it, he speaks the truth.

  55. broncobeta says: Nov 30, 2011 12:49 PM

    How did I not see this coming?

  56. udwnwitjpp says: Nov 30, 2011 12:50 PM

    As a giant fan he’s rite about the defence for sure

  57. donterrelli says: Nov 30, 2011 12:50 PM

    Funny how Coach Coughlin always looks flabergasted on the sidelines.

  58. wferg1121 says: Nov 30, 2011 12:51 PM

    Please just go away!

  59. howley1 says: Nov 30, 2011 12:51 PM

    Son I am flabbergast.

  60. polishrod says: Nov 30, 2011 12:53 PM

    Sour grapes…. yes

    Incorrect…. no

    Jints fans, you can whine all you want, but Tiki declaring what we all already know doesn’t exactly make him a POS, jerk or any of the other names you are labeling him.

    Now him walking out on his pregnant wife for some news-bimbo… THAT is what makes him a POS

  61. predicatepanda says: Nov 30, 2011 12:54 PM

    Tike meet Stevie Williams. Stevie say hi to Tiki.

  62. yodelpoo says: Nov 30, 2011 12:57 PM

    “If Mike Lupica wrote these same exact words, I can guarantee you we wouldn’t be blasting him like Tiki.”

    Um..I would. Lupica is a whiney midget idiot.

  63. jakek2 says: Nov 30, 2011 12:58 PM

    Everything he says is true. If the article was written by someone else, we wouldn’t be talking about it.

  64. rickster8 says: Nov 30, 2011 1:01 PM

    And yes, he’s still flabbergasted…. LOL, whatta tool……

  65. drboogerlips says: Nov 30, 2011 1:02 PM

    I met Tiki before he was a pro and knew his wifes friends personally. He was an arrogant know-it-all back then too. This is not sour grapes, it’s just the way he is.

  66. tnsteve says: Nov 30, 2011 1:31 PM

    Tiki isn’t very prophetic. He only shows up when he has a chance to kick the team when they are down. If he wants to be relevant, let him predict failure before it happens.

  67. billygoat says: Nov 30, 2011 1:32 PM

    If I was Ronde I would change my last name and start looking for a good plastic surgen.

  68. zoxitic says: Nov 30, 2011 1:35 PM

    Hmm, looks like I’ve been put in timeout.

  69. adamb103 says: Nov 30, 2011 1:48 PM

    at least almost everything he said was true…

  70. gimmeabruschi says: Nov 30, 2011 2:07 PM

    Confucius say; If a Tiki speaks in the middle of a forest, does it make a sound?

  71. sicklife1 says: Nov 30, 2011 2:31 PM

    Cool story Tiki…How about you do every Giants fan a favor & never comment on the team ever again. No one wants to hear your biased opinion….Btw, the Giants may be set for another collapse, but there will never be a more monumental collapse than what has gone on with your career, family life, and character. Please, just go away…

  72. rugdaniels says: Nov 30, 2011 2:41 PM

    Tiki’s old team isn’t good enough for him, his ex-wife isn’t good enough for him. But he’s doing great now, XLog? Wow. That’s much better than NBC ever was.

    Congrats Tiki, you deserve it all.

  73. Deb says: Nov 30, 2011 2:44 PM

    I take it Tiki has given up all hope of returning to the NFL.

  74. jetsuperbowl says: Nov 30, 2011 2:49 PM

    Oh tiki…please stop making yourself look rediculous

  75. shrimper59 says: Nov 30, 2011 2:56 PM

    Apparently Tiki couldn’t find himself in any
    newpapers today. We all know that any team
    that picked him up would be on their way to
    the superbowl undefeated no less. He is listed
    as a Sr. NFL Analyst at TheXLog.com.
    They got the anal part right.

  76. cosanostra71 says: Nov 30, 2011 3:05 PM

    sounds like Tiki is flabbergasted

  77. rcali says: Nov 30, 2011 3:10 PM

    I bet it’s easier to type for him since he doesn’t have that Giants Super Bowl ring on his hand.

  78. moochzilla says: Nov 30, 2011 3:42 PM

    For a guy who never stopped talking about his SAT score, he sure can’t write.

    The sentence construction is borderline hideous.

  79. descendency says: Nov 30, 2011 4:19 PM

    I wish the Giants would talk about Tiki’s “recent performances.”

    Those who throw stones shouldn’t live in glass houses.

  80. armchairqb says: Nov 30, 2011 4:22 PM

    Iamthatguy … gotta be a Philly or a Dallas fan, right? I’m guessing Philly. He sounds douchey enough.

  81. RomosRibs says: Nov 30, 2011 4:31 PM

    He is just trying to motivate them to win vs GB. LOL

  82. blu4l1fe says: Nov 30, 2011 4:46 PM

    Out of everyone out there, Tiki should know that any comment he makes concerning the NY Giants is going to be construed as an attack on the team. He will never be accepted, at least in the NY football circles, as an established football commentator, or critic for that matter, as he started his after-football life on a wrong note. He, as most in here has stated, should really just keep his opinions regarding the NY Giants or football, all to himself. He will forever be known as the one who “almost was” but “never did.” It certainly seem that he’s holding quite a grudge on the team considering they won the Super Bowl a season after he retired. His off the field troubles after his career doesn’t help his cause either. I can’t believe this was the same guy who was a workhorse during his stint on the gridiron. Please Tiki, do yourself and all of us a favor, and just blend into obscurity. At least this way, some people may decide to keep the fond memories of you that they still keep.

  83. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Nov 30, 2011 5:18 PM

    is that tiki bloviating again?

    tainted water from a tainted well……

  84. cornersportsnet says: Nov 30, 2011 5:22 PM

    Any foot fan that knows a little about the game would say the same thing about the giants,weak running game ,defense not as good as other years and eli and victor cruz are studs …………great analysis tiki

  85. hushbrother says: Nov 30, 2011 7:49 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t Barber retire and then the following year the Giants won the Super Bowl?

    He couldn’t have been that important to the team.

  86. damnyankee13 says: Nov 30, 2011 8:35 PM

    I decry the total collapse of tiki barber

  87. ntnchcn says: Nov 30, 2011 8:46 PM

    The dude is too much. I think he took too many hits when he played. Honestly, any sane person would think twice about saying the things he is saying. Boy I hope the wife knows how lucky she is to be rid of him.

  88. kingcarlbanks says: Nov 30, 2011 10:11 PM

    Wow. Somebody must have threw his broke a** a few bucks for his opinion. Fact is timing barber has a great career as a Giant, But somebody gassed him up and told him how great he would be on tv. So he got cute, retired I’m his prime and has regretted that move ever since. The Super bowl victory is even more salt in that wound. But the icing on the cake is watching Micheal Strahan every Sunday with his big a** SB ring having the broadcast career Tiki wishes he had. Tiki, NY loved you and you blew it might friend. Have the decency to fade away now.

  89. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Nov 30, 2011 10:40 PM

    RIP Tiki..does anyone care what this guy says?

  90. packerfanfordecades says: Dec 1, 2011 2:04 AM

    I don’t think any Packer fan takes the Giants lightly. I still remember losing that championship game in the snow in overtime in Green Bay. Yes, an interception from Brett sealed that one …. but ….. how we managed to get into overtime in the first place on a cold, snowy night in Green Bay is the real issue.

    So, the weather is forecast to be pretty good for the game this Sunday and we’re all holding our breath in Wisconsin in the hope of keeping the winning streak alive despite what I think will be a very intense effort from the Giants.

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