Dec 272013
 
 December 27, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (December 22, 2013)

Hakeem Nicks – © USA TODAY Sports Images

December 27, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Friday were WR Rueben Randle (knee), WR Victor Cruz (knee/concussion), TE Adrien Robinson (knee), OG Brandon Mosley (hand), and DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder). Randle is officially listed as “questionable” for the game against the Washington Redskins on Sunday; Cruz, Robinson, Mosley, and Pierre-Paul will not play.

OG David Diehl (knee), DT Cullen Jenkins (shin/quad), CB Trumaine McBride (groin), and CB Terrell Thomas (knee) were limited in practice. McBride is “questionable” for the game while Diehl, Jenkins, and Thomas are “probable.”

RB Andre Brown (concussion), RB Peyton Hillis (concussion), and CB Jayron Hosley (illness) fully practiced. All three players are “probable” for the game.

December 27, 2013 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Friday media session are available at Giants.com

Giants.com Q&A With Head Coach Tom Coughlin: The Coughlin Corner: Finishing Strong by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

December 27, 2013 New York Giants Player Media Sessions: Video clips of Friday’s media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on New York Giants President/CEO John Mara: Big Blue Boss: How John Mara will handle the Giants’ offseason by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on the New York Giants Passing Game: Cruz: WRs, Eli had ‘disconnect’ by Matt Ehalt of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on WR Hakeem Nicks: Nicks wants to stay with Giants: ‘It’s not just about money’ by Bart Hubbuch of The New York Post

Article on OC/OG Dallas Reynolds: Giants’ Dallas Reynolds steps in admirably in emergency vs. Lions by Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger

Articles on New York Giants Defensive Linemen:

Article on S Antrel Rolle: It’s easy to misjudge matured, team-first Giants captain Rolle by Mark Cannizzaro of The New York Post

Giants Online: The video of this week’s edition of Giants Online is available at Giants.com.

Quotes: Former Giants Running Back Tiki Barber on QB Eli Manning: “He’s done great things, but he doesn’t do it consistently. What makes someone great in the history, in the annals of an organization or a league? It’s consistency. The problem with Eli, as of late, I think, is there’s something physically off. There’s definitely a confidence issue…It has everything to do with those five guys (on the offensive line) — and really it’s been eight over the course of this year — in front of him that just can’t get it done. He’s constantly throwing off his back foot. I feel like he’s pressing sometimes to make some throws and they end up sailing on him…It’s because of confidence and I think because he’s gotten the crap beat out of him…I’ve counted Eli out before and I’ve been wrong. Here’s what I know about him. He has a drive, and maybe it’s a Manning thing. … Is it still open for him to have great success in the next three or four years? I think it is.”
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Aug 152013
 
 August 15, 2013  Posted by  Sponsored Content

As part of a partnership with Thuzio, Tiki Barber offers his thoughts on the New York Giants running backs and their fantasy value.

Quick Take:

Tiki Barber Headshot

“The Giants appear to have two really good options at RB for the 2013 season, though early indications are that they will be splitting carries, as has been the trend across the league.

The days of the workhouse back in the NFL are over, which is both good and bad.  Good because backs will stay healthier throughout the season; however, I have always thought that there was a competitive disadvantage to substituting backs situationally.”

On David Wilson:

“David Wilson is the runner that everyone is anxious to see. Last season, in limited action (71 carries), he averaged five yards per carry with four touchdowns. He also averaged 8.5 yards per reception and returned a kick for a touchdown, showing dynamic versatility.

He has superb breakaway speed, agility and athleticism, a flair for showmanship which sometimes goes too far and the rare ability to go the distance on any given play.

I’m curious to see if he can handle the running back responsibilities when the ball isn’t in his hands. Can he identify and pick up dogging linebackers and blitzing safeties? Can he learn to play above the X&Os? Can he stop back flipping and risking injury just for the sake of back flipping? That’s obviously a joke, but the point is, sometimes showmanship can be detrimental, especially with officials cracking down on that type of thing.”

On Andre Brown:

“Much was made of the fact that Andre Brown was cut five times, but it was more circumstance than lack of skill. The Giants were high on him in 2009, but he tore his achilles and was cut the next season after not getting healthy enough. With the departure of Brandon Jacobs and the injury to Ahmed Bradshaw last season, he was finally given his opportunity and ran with it.

Brown is a straight line runner, who is deceptively fast for someone who is 230 pounds. He will likely also be the goal line back, so he could top the eight TD’s he had last season. I also like the fact that he plays with a chip on his shoulder.

The main concern is that he has to be able to stay ‘off the shelf’ this season, otherwise he’ll be viewed as a talented, yet injury prone guy who is out of the league.”

Fantasy Spin:

“It’s hard to know how Wilson and Brown’s carries will be split during the regular season. From a fantasy standpoint, they could both be a solid #2 back, but not likely a great starter. In the Giants offense over the last few years, the running game has become secondary to the passing game.

Interestingly, I think that Brown is more of the situational guy because he is a better pass protector; therefore, will be in on passing situations, and get a lot of carries on draws, which have big play potential. Wilson will be a big play player, and has the chance to lead the team in +20 yard plays.

Both of these guys will give you moments of excitement and be complimentary to Eli Manning’s down field attack, but don’t expect a 1,200 yard season unless one of them goes down.”

Did You Know:

“If you’ve ever wanted to spice up your Fantasy Football experience, Thuzio is the place to look. You can book a football legend to moderate the draft festivities, or even record a personalized video message to smack talk your league.

Here’s an example of how a ‘Game of Thrones’ themed league used Ronde and myself to tease the upcoming season. I love seeing the creativity.

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Jul 192013
 
 July 19, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes

Star-Ledger Q&A With DT Johnathan Hankins: Giants Summer Questionnaire: Johnathan Hankins by Michael J. Fensom of The Star-Ledger

Article on WR Hakeem Nicks: Cruz Deal Done, Giants Know Nicks Will Get Even Bigger Deal by Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com

Article on Tiki Barber and QB Eli Manning: Tiki Barber: Eli Manning is Better Than Peyton Manning by Bernie Augustine of The Daily News

2013 Position Preview – Safety:video previewing the Giants’ safety position heading into training camp is available at Giants.com.

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Jun 112013
 
 June 11, 2013  Posted by  Media

Tiki Barber chatted with Gary, BBI’s webmaster, on June 11, 2013, and answered questions submitted by BBI Corner Forum members. The video chat was streamed live via Google+ Hangout on Air on BBI’s front page and is now available on YouTube.

Tiki Barber is being made available to Big Blue Interactive courtesy of Thuzio.Com.

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Aug 252007
 
 August 25, 2007  Posted by  Articles, Giant Thoughts

By Eric Klein (DigitaLx2001) for BigBlueInteractive.com

Perhaps the concept of a true ‘team’ and what it means to be part of one is lost in this modern sports era of free agency, huge salaries, and even larger egos. Maybe I’m the one who’s being the idealist, expecting players to show some loyalty to their organization, their teammates and their fans. It’s just how I was raised, my experiences as part of a team (though certainly not on a pro sports level) and what I expect to see from professional athletes and the Giants that I have rooted for my entire life.

I did not choose to be a New York Giants fan; it was essentially bestowed upon me before I could even walk. My loyalty is unquestioned, and it’s not as if I even had a choice in the matter. This is blind loyalty, and something that (aside from probably being somewhat unhealthy) I could not expect an athlete to have for the Giants in the same way that I do. That much I do understand.

I can definitely see why a player may not have a true allegiance to a team; as a fan, I don’t have to worry about the Giants cutting or trading me, but they can do so to a player on a whim. Fans can boo players and call for them to be run out of town, so I can also understand if a player is weary of a team’s fan base.

Lack of loyalty to teammates, though, is what really makes me ill. These are the men that you went to war with; you went through the same two-a-days, spilled the same blood in the same mud (to quote a line from “The Rock”), and endured that same overtime game where you’re barely able to stand, let alone endure another snap, colliding full speed into the enemy with every ounce of strength you have left.

If you don’t do your job, not only does that affect the team’s chances of winning (which may not be of any real importance to many of these players anymore), but you may be responsible for a teammate being seriously injured. The same holds true for them; your career is always on the line – one slip up by anyone and it could be compromised in the blink of an eye. The trust of each man to put their livelihood in the hands of another on a perpetual basis is something that most people cannot fathom.

With this trust, one would think there would be loyalty. This is apparently no longer so.

Let’s take Tiki Barber and Eli Manning as obvious examples, two men that were on the same team for three years. Let’s say its 2004, and rookie Eli throws a dump pass a little too lackluster, leaving Barber exposed to a massive hit resulting in a career ending injury. His playing days end as someone who was decent but never really shook his fumbling habit, and he becomes an afterthought in Giants history (Yes, he’d be near many of the Giants records, but did anyone think he was great before 2004? Honestly, he was one of the most frustrating players I could remember because he would do something truly spectacular, then proceed to fumble the ball away. Anyway.. not my main point here).

Conversely, if Tiki misses a blitz pickup and Manning gets railed, we’re looking for another franchise QB. These are extreme situations, but could have happened at ANY TIME over three years. These men battled together and at times literally put each others careers in one another’s hands. Two men that, while possessing entirely different demeanors, were both highly competitive and seeking the same ultimate goal of achieving that ring – an honor which nobody could ever take away or say you didn’t earn. This is not the same type of bond one forms with a coworker at an office job. This HAS to be something more. Hearing Lawrence Taylor and Phil Simms talk about one another, even though they had their disagreements, it’s apparent they are still very close after all these years – we’ve all seen the NFL Films specials. Sure, winning a Super Bowl helps, but camaraderie now just doesn’t seem to be what it once was.

So here we have Tiki Barber, Tiki calling out Eli on national television, saying that it was almost “comical” when he had given a pre-game speech in 2006. Maybe he just wants to advance his television career, and keeping one’s mouth shut and analyzing football itself just doesn’t land enough face time I suppose. I guess it’s too much to ask for him to say something like “We’ll find out how Eli has been progressing as a leader as he has another year under his belt” or basically ANYTHING that doesn’t publicly expose a former teammate.

There are fans and members of the media who have defended Barber’s words, claiming he can say whatever he wants now; he’s not a Giant and he’s just telling you what he observed, using his inside knowledge to reveal as much as possible about the game of football. What side of the fence one falls on with this issue here really comes down to who you are as a person. Loyalty is a trait that you either have, or you don’t – you can’t be a little bit loyal. Tiki does not have loyalty to his teammates or to his former organization for whom he claimed to love so much. He decided it was more important to be noticed and to try to advance his post-NFL career. Running his mouth for the sake of maybe landing more new TV roles was more important (to someone who is already plenty rich, by the way) than staying low key and not adding more drama and controversy to his team of 10 years, and to the players he came to know as well as his own family.

I, for one, can honestly say I would never do that. Why? Because it does not take being in a position where my loyalty is on the line to know if I would break it, and it’s not like this is a tough decision either. I am certain that as a rich retired professional athlete that I would be perfectly content trying to make it as an analyst without ever compromising my former team in any way. Period. It’s been done before… by just about every other NFL-player-turned-TV-personality I can think of (Marshall Faulk, Rod Woodson, Steve Young… even Michael Irvin, who I of course hated as a player, has never thrown his teammates under the bus), except Barber of course.

Let’s forget for a second that this is all Tiki’s opinion, and the current Giants players might even agree with what he said (despite the fact that basically the whole team came out in defense of Eli). In all fairness, it’s very possible they could just be supporting Eli because thats what good teammates do. Ultimately, it’s better for the team to be together and unified behind their leader than for a potentially ugly (and in this case, maybe true) distraction to come out. But hey, maybe thats just my own crazy thinking.

Even if every word Tiki spoke was 100% true, he has still broken the trust and loyalty that should go along with what it means to be a true teammate; that’s why Eli fired back. Calm “aw, shucks” Easy E got riled up enough to respond because Tiki broke the unspoken rule: what happens in the locker room stays in the locker room. Publicly revealing fact or fiction here is still a betrayal, so I have no idea how anyone could possibly use the “it’s ok because it’s true” counterpoint (and if anything, truths are much more hurtful; picture this whole situation between you and a friend). The content of Tiki’s ramble is entirely irrelevant to me. Manning was in fact betrayed, as I believe the Giants organization as well as fans have been. Tiki Barber, even after his antics last year calling out the coaching and slipping about his retirement, still would have been held in very high regard by most fans after his career ended. This, however, I personally cannot forgive.

I’ve always wanted my Giants to be different than all those other teams, with players like Owens who are complete trash and have no concept of anything but their own popularity. I thought class was something we had, as a whole, over a lot of other teams – the fans, the organization, the players. Perhaps this is not the case. However, in my unwavering loyalty, I will still be a Giants fan, and will never stop rooting hard on Sundays. In my eyes, there is just a void atop the rushing records in our history now that we’ll have to work on filling in. Seems we’ve got this big ol’ monster wearing number 27 back there now… so with any luck, maybe that’ll happen sooner than later.

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