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Former New York Giant Tiki Barber Stops by INSIDE THE NFL Plus the Latest on the Randy Moss Trade
NEW YORK (October 6, 2010) – This week’s INSIDE THE NFL – Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT – features the latest news on the Randy Moss trade to Minnesota and Tiki Barber stops by to discuss his reaction to being booed while being inducted into the New York Giants Ring of Honor.
Host James Brown anchors INSIDE THE NFL on SHOWTIME with All-Pro NFL greats Cris Collinsworth, Phil Simms and Warren Sapp serving as expert analysts.
INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films with new episodes airing on SHOWTIME every Wednesday during the NFL season through February 9, 2011. Pete Radovich serves as coordinating producer. The executive producers are Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports, and NFL Films President Steve Sabol.
Following are excerpts from the show:
TIKI BARBER INTERVIEW
On being booed during Ring of Honor introduction
Barber: It’s going on four years now that they are booing me. It stems from how I left the New York Giants. As you guys know, I retired at the top of my career. A lot of people didn’t want me to leave because of how effective I had become as a player. And I went directly into the broadcast booth, something I had been doing for a long time. Eight years of my playing career I was dancing that line of being broadcaster/player. Then I never wanted to compromise myself as a broadcaster by being overly friendly to the organization.
On taking on former teammates and coaches
Barber: Antonio (Pierce) doesn’t like me because I criticized him for blowing an air horn when he got asked questions for how poorly the Giants defense was playing. That is just unprofessional. I’ll tell it how it is. I think that one of the issues with Giants fans is that I don’t sugarcoat anything. I never wanted to come into broadcasting and be the guy who says a whole lot but says nothing. I have always wanted to be succinct and to the point about what my opinion is, based on what my experiences are. If people hate me for that, they hate me. I have never been someone who said you have to love me in order to do my job. Or you have to hate me in order to do my job. I just want to tell the truth as I’ve experienced it.
Did you ever think of not going on the field for the Ring of Honor?
Barber: …I never hesitated wanting to go back when John Mara called me and invited me. Because I know what the environment’s like. I knew I was going to get booed, but it didn’t bother me. I know what I did as a player. I know that I left every bit of myself on that football field and I would challenge anybody who ever watched me play to say anything otherwise…If people don’t want to hear those answers don’t ask me the question, because I am just going to say it like it is.
Do you want to repair what’s going on?
Barber: I would love for people to judge and talk about my career as a Giant, not as a broadcaster. And it’s hard to separate obviously because I am so recently removed from being a player. So there is still that association as me retiring before they won the Super Bowl and criticizing them that year because they had a lot to work on. But the bottom line, I never said Tom (Coughlin) was a bad coach. He and I have our issues. He knows why we have our issues. I know why we have issues together. But I’ve never said he was a bad coach. I think he’s a great coach. He just needed to learn how to treat his players differently and he’s done that.
On retiring the year before the Giants won the Super Bowl
Barber: I didn’t want to do it anymore. To be honest with you, you guys know this. If you get a toxic guy in your locker room who doesn’t want to play the game, and is one of your stars, you are going to sabotage the team. Maybe not intentionally, but you will. I honestly believe that Eli (Manning) needed to become the leader of this offense in order for them to be successful. As long as I was there, that wasn’t going to happen, because I was the focus. I demanded attention. I wanted the ball because I knew I could be effective. When the Giants were able to re-configure their focus towards Eli being their leader, they won and they stayed healthy and they got hot at the right time.
On Randy Moss Trade – What does this do to the Patriots?
SIMMS: My first thought is, do you think this was an accident? Like they got a phone call and all of a sudden they said, ‘Oh do you want him? We’ll trade him.’ This is something they have been probably planning for quite awhile. They know Brandon Tate is ready to step into Randy Moss’s role. So the opportunity finally came to get that trade and they take advantage of it. They signed Tom Brady before the season started, and what they have done now, they have brought in a whole new receiving corps for him that is going to stay together for quite a few years.
Does the underneath passing game still work the same?
SAPP: I think they are changing their whole mentality because this is a tougher football team and they want to run the ball more. Those guys underneath are going to have their routes….Now you can put Julian Edelman and my man, Wes Welker, on the field together. Then with Tate’s ability to stretch the field just a little bit, they have a different mentality of what they are trying to get done.
Do you think the Patriots passing game will be the same?
SIMMS: I do. In fact, I think it might get better. Because, like Warren said, get extra people on the field. I know by doing a couple of Patriots game this year that they really believe a lot in Brandon Tate. He is one of those all-in-one. He’s big. He’s fast. And most importantly, he can run all the routes.
COLLINSWORTH: Wes Welker is going to see a lot more coverage then he has ever seen in his whole life.
Did the dark side of Randy Moss play into the trade?
SAPP: Whenever you are a player in this league and your junk is up here and your talent it separates; when they meet its time to go…It happens to all of us. When your junk meets your talent it’s time to go.
(Is Randy Moss Trade a Cure all for the Vikings:
SIMMS: They are a desperate team. They are. He doesn’t necessarily match their system. But it doesn’t matter. Make an adjustment. Find out what he does well, put it with Brett Favre. It’s going to do a couple of things; we know defenses are going to pay attention to him now, can the other guys pick up the slack? Will it help Adrian Peterson running the football? Will it help Brett Favre get a few easy throws? We know in the NFL now, throw it deep, only good things can happen when you throw it to Randy Moss
COLLINSWORTH: The guy it’s going to help is Adrian Peterson. Because now everybody plays Adrian Peterson eight in the box. You play eight in the box and there goes Randy Moss this way. And remember, it’s warm in the Dome, you’re 33 years old or whatever, it’s a little bit easier to get loose in that Dome.
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