Tiki Barber has never been shy to rely on stories of his own playing days to carry him whenever his television career gets stale and he needs to make things on air interesting, and it appears that as the NFL regular season nears closer Barber is more apt to rehash some of the stories he has in his pocket.
ProFootballTalk reported that while on the Morning Show today, Barber recalled a story where him and coach Tom Coughlin got into a profanity laced tirade with one another after a particularly bad performance from the Giants in the 2006 season.
Barber said on the Morning Show that he and Coughlin had an obscenity-laced argument in 2006 after Barber complained that the Giants had turned in “a pretty pitiful performance all the way around,” and criticized the team’s offense. Coughlin was furious to read those words on the paper the next day.
The game in question was a 26-10 loss to the Jaguars.
“Tom Coughlin comes into my meeting room,” Barber said, “and he has all these newspapers and throws them in my face. Like, physically, in my face. . . . ‘What the F is this?‘ And throws them in my face.”
Barber said he dropped “like, a thousand” F-bombs back at Coughlin as “we ended up yelling at each other for 40 minutes.”
Overall, Barber said, he had a real problem with Coughlin’s “My way or the highway” attitude.
“Tell me, ‘do something because I say so’? I’m not going to accept that,” Barber said.
Barber then said he always played hard for Coughlin, and he thinks even Coughlin would admit that. But those 16 Sundays a year were the only days when the two got along.
“On game day, I never had a problem with Coach Coughlin,” Barber said. “But personally, we did. We just didn’t mesh.”
It is no surprise that the two didn’t mesh, in fact Tiki never seemed to fully mesh with the Giants, the team went on its most memorable run of the 00’s directly after the fumble prone, but extremely talented running back hung up the cleats. Now it seems that Barber isn’t shy to use some of his old war stories to liven things up on the extremely stale morning show circuit.