Tag:Ronde Barber
Posted on: June 6, 2011 5:26 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 10:20 pm
 

A Barber finally defends Eli Manning

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It took nearly four years, but Giants quarterback Eli Manning finally got a vote of confidence from a Barber twin. Okay, it wasn't former teammate Tiki -- it was his brother. But it still counts.

Speaking as a panelist on NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2011," Ronde, who still plays for the Buccaneers, had this to say about Manning:

"Eli is definitely a franchise quarterback. I mean he is the Giants' franchise, much like his brother is in Indianapolis. Their offense is gonna go around the way he plays."

Ronde then added why Manning might have gotten short shrift from the fellow players who voted on the top 100. "Eli just has this element of inconsistency, and you feel like he's not gonna have the game that you need to when they need to have it. And I think players see that. ... Sometimes his body language doesn't project how good Eli is, and people get down on him. Players see just the same as the media sees -- he gets down on himself, team gets down on him -- and just I think that's the reason why the players kept him out of this list."

Historically, Manning did struggle with consistency. But he has completed more than 60 percent of his passes every season since 2008. That said, perception often plays a role in what amounts to a glorified popularity contest. If players remember Manning when he was short-hopping receivers, it will -- consciously or not -- affect their vote.

Looking at the bigger picture, this story is as much about Manning as it is about the Barbers. Tiki, now 36, retired from football in 2006, still at the top of his game, to pursue television. He left the NFL with his dignity intact, although things began to unravel shortly after he blasted Manning while working for NBC's Sunday Night Football telecast. NBC eventually dropped Tiki, who was also in the news for dumping his then eight-months-pregnant wife (with twins!) for an NBC intern. Most fans had forgotten about Tiki altogether until he recently announced that he was returning to the NFL because he missed the competition, which we took as a euphemism for "I could use the dough."

Meanwhile, Ronde (who, by virtue of being Tiki's twin, is also 36) has played in every game from 1998 to 2010, many of them at a Pro Bowl level, and all while managing to keep his name out of the news for non-football-related foolishness. There's something to be said for that, and something Tiki could certainly learn. (And as long as Ronde's holding meetings, he should invite Aqib Talib, too.)

If you're curious about the other quarterbacks to make the Top 100, here you go (via USA Today's The Huddle blog):

Donovan McNabb (No. 100), Joe Flacco (No. 90), Josh Freeman (N0. 86), Tony Romo (No. 72), Matt Ryan (No. 52) and Ben Roethlisberger (No. 41) already revealed. The final six figure to be Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers and Michael Vick.

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Posted on: June 3, 2011 7:10 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 7:36 pm
 

Hot Routes 6.3.11: Cooley is a Jerky Boy?

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • I hate to keep talking about zany members of the Washington organization, but this story about Chris Cooley's prank-call love is just too good to pass up. Apparently, Cooley spent the offseason playing jokes and jokes and jokes on people via the phone. Via Andrew Sharp of SB Nation, Cooley went on Rich Eisen's podcast and told stories about pranks he likes to pull. He called Carson Palmer, he claims, and pretended to be John Elway and told him, "Listen, I hate Tim Tebow. I want you. I want you out here in Denver." And then he called Elway and pretended to be Carson and then he called John Fox ... and, well, it really doesn't sound like it can be true. But either way, it's enjoyable.


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Posted on: March 31, 2011 1:48 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2011 6:55 pm
 

Offseason checkup: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Posted by Will Brinson

J. Freeman is the face of the Tampa Bay franchise (Getty).  

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If you know anyone predicted that the Buccaneers would challenge for a divisional title and/or the playoffs, you should stop reading this immediately, buy that person a plane ticket to Las Vegas and go get your Biff Tannen on.

And even though Raheem Morris' Tampa Bay squad shocked the world, people still aren't ready to believe. That's okay, and probably a little fair until the success becomes consistent, and perhaps more, um, explicable. But sometimes wins aren't borne out by stats and Josh Freeman, an absolute star of a quarterback in the making, is a good sample of that. Freeman led the Bucs on several incredibly impressive fourth-quarter comebacks in 2010, and there's little question that he's the face of the franchise going forward.

All optimism aside, though, there's still plenty the Bucs need to address before going head-to-head against the Falcons and Saints seems like a fair fight.



Defensive line, secondary

Tampa Bay burned its first two 2010 picks on defensive tackles -- Gerald McCoy and Brian Price -- and it wouldn't be all that surprising to see the Bucs use some early selections on the defensive line again this year. Defensive end is a big need, and there's plenty of depth at the position heading into April's draft.

The secondary could be an issue for the Bucs, but it's really up in the air at the moment. That's because would-be-star cornerback Aqib Talib is dealing with "violence issues" that have manifested in the form of a "felony arrest warrant," and Tanard Jackson, suspended for substance abuse issues in 2010, is a total wild card. Ronde Barber's fine when it comes to behavior, but there's little chance he'll play after 2011.



1. Defensive end
After spending two early picks on the interior defensive line in 2010, it actually makes a ton of sense to also address the ends in 2011. And this is the perfect draft to do so with a pile of DE talent that should fall to the back end of the first round. Perhaps guys like Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan and Iowa's Adrian Clayborn would entice the Bucs.

2. Cornerback
It wouldn't seem all that prudent to suggest that the Bucs look for a "problem child" type of corner to beef up their secondary, but if someone like Jimmy Smith falls to them, they'd have to at least consider the move. (And, really, it's not fair to make any comparison with Smith's reported attitude problems and the legal issues for the current Bucs' secondary.) Alternately, don't be shocked to see them beef up the position's depth via later rounds.

3. Running Back

LeGarrette Blount had an absolutely fantastic season for Tampa (and he's blatantly going to be the guy who gets drafted too early in 2011 fantasy drafts) but there are still questions as to whether it was Tampa's scheme or Blount's skills that propelled his year. Even if it was the latter, the Bucs should look to build backfield depth in a year that's prime for doing so in the draft.



Its relatively easy to be bullish on the Bucs heading into 2011, but it's also important to remember that there is room for improvement and growth in Tampa, and with such room can come some growing pains. Of course, it's not terrible news that the draft sets up nicely in terms of depth versus need for this roster.

A repeat of 10 wins in 2011 might be a bit of a stretch, especially if Atlanta and New Orleans improve in the offseason. But discounting Morris' ability to motivate this team would be a foolish move, and there's good reason to expect continued improvement.

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Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:50 pm
 

Hot Routes 3.15.11 labor pains

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Posted by Andy Benoit



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Posted on: March 8, 2011 4:42 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2011 6:40 pm
 

Giants say they will release Tiki, where next?

Posted by Will Brinson

Tuesday afternoon turned into a Tiki party -- as one-half of the Barber brothers combo announced his "de-tirement."  The world caught fire with excitement and good-natured barbs over the return to the NFL for the 35-year-old. Also, everyone wondered where he'd end up. We know one thing for sure, though: it will not be with the New York Giants.

"We wish Tiki nothing but the best, and when able to make the transaction, we will release him from reserve/retired list," the Giants said in a statement released by the team.

So where does Tiki go now? Well, somewhere where the team is in need of running back help but not expecting too much. After all, via the NFL's stat feed on Twitter, here's the most rushing yards in NFL history by someone after they turned 36-years-old: Marcus Allen, 1335 yards; Doug Flutie, 1236 yards; Steve Young, 681 yards; John Riggins, 677 yards; and John Elway, 561 yards.

You'll notice only two of those guys are running backs. That's because it's just really, really, REALLY difficult to make an impact as a ballcarrier in the NFL in the mid-30's. And that doesn't discount the fact that Tiki's missed the last four years after retiring and hasn't necessarily -- though we don't know this -- kept himself in shape.

Tiki Time?
There's reportedly "interest" from multiple teams, however, and it seems reasonably likely that if there's football in 2011, someone will take a shot at him.

The two best bets, in my mind, seem to be the Buccanneers and the Broncos. Why? Well, Tiki's brother Ronde just signed a one-year deal with Tampa Bay (he's likely to retire after 2011) and the brothers have always wanted to play together. Additionally, Barber would be a pretty nice third-down compliment to LeGarrette Blount at a very cheap cost.

Denver makes sense because John Fox has openly stated he wants two "good" running backs, and coached Tiki when he was the defensive coordinator with the Giants in the late 90's and early 00's.

Tampa gets an obvious advantage, of course, for family reasons, but it probably doesn't matter -- the odds of Tiki being effective wherever he ends up in 2011 are pretty slim.

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Posted on: March 8, 2011 2:27 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Tiki Barber unretires, according to agent

Posted by Will Brinson

Well, here's something odd on what's shaping up to be a weird NFL afternoon: Tiki Barber, former NFL running back and TV host and sports reporter, has filed papers with the NFL to come out of retirement and return to playing football.

That's according to his management agency, MAXX Talent, anyway.

"BREAKING NEWS #maxxclient Tiki Barber has filed the papers with the NFL to officially come out of retirement," the agency tweeted on Tuesday afternoon.

For those wondering, no, this doesn't make much sense at all.

Presumably, the logic behind this move involves Tiki recently divorcing his wife (alimony and child support aren't cheap, folks) and having that divorce result in his disappearance from the television to the Interwebs (he got booted from NBC's The Today Show and moving to Yahoo! Sports).

That is to say, he would probably like to earn a couple more NFL-sized paychecks to help keep up his current lifestyle.

Or maybe he's just inspired by his twin brother, Ronde, who re-upped with the Bucs for a one-year deal recently.

Tiki Time?

"After seeing how much fun Ronde is still having it re-ignited my fire and I'm looking forward to the challenge of seeing if I can get back to the level of where I was," Tiki told FOX Sports' Jay Glazer.

The process, for those wondering, is that the Giants will need to activate Tiki and then decide whether or not they want to release him or hold onto him. Considering the kind words he's had for Tom Coughlin's team as an analyst, though, that seems pretty unlikely.

But there are some other (obvious) problems to this return, outside of whether the Giants need him. Like, does Tiki realize that we're in the middle of a week where the NFL and NFLPA are negotiating whether there will even be an NFL season next year? Because if he doesn't, he probably should.

He should probably also realize that he's 35-years-old, he hasn't played in four years and that if he does get inked by a team, it's likely he won't be signing for a max deal.

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Posted on: February 22, 2011 3:40 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2011 3:44 pm
 

Ronde Barber signs one-year deal to remain a Buc

Posted by Andy BenoitR. Barber

Ronde Barber is not ready to join his twin brother in retirement just yet. The 14-year veteran signed a one-year contract with the Buccaneers Tuesday. Barber is 35, which, in cornerback years, is 82. However, he’s shown only minimal signs of decline.

It helps that the Bucs play a predominant zone scheme, and that Barber can spend a bulk of his time in the slot. This particular role carries lighter demands in terms of speed and quickness.

Augmenting the remarkableness of Barber’s longevity is the fact that he hasn’t missed a start since 2000. And his performance during that span has been stellar if not spectacular.

The Bucs are already touting Barber's Hall of Fame credentials, pointing out that Barber "is the Buccaneers' all-time leader in both interceptions (40) and return touchdowns (13, plus one more in postseason play) and he ranks second in tackles (1,260), games played (209) and games started (200), trailing only another likely Hall of Famer, Derrick Brooks, in those latter three categories.  Barber is even the franchise's eighth-leading sack artist, with 26.

A combination of Barber's interception and sack totals reveals his unique place in NFL history.  He is the only player ever to record both 40 interceptions and 25 sacks in his career.  A skilled pass-rusher out of the slot, Barber could join Ray Lewis and Rodney Harrison as the only 30/30 men in NFL annals with four more sacks in 2011."

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Posted on: February 1, 2011 3:55 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2011 6:30 pm
 

Ward lets loose on NFL and concussions

H. Ward had plenty of interesting things to say in the latest issue of GQ. Posted by Josh Katzowitz

ARLINGTON, Texas – I spoke with players on both teams at Media Day today about concussions and about the effect they have on their personal lives. I probably interviewed five or six guys about the issue, and most of them went fine.

But I kind of wish I would have spoken to Steelers WR Hines Ward instead.

In the latest issue of GQ magazine, Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver talked to a number of players about the concussion issue and the new NFL rules that go along with it.

Some interesting comments from the likes of Buccaneers CB Ronde Barber, Ravens C Matt Birk and Browns LB Scott Fujita.

But Ward? Man, Ward was in a class of his own with these comments (FYI, the video he’s talking about is the tutorial the NFL sent out in the middle of the season to showcase what IS and what is NOT a legal hit. Seems like everybody who saw it was a little more confused afterward than they were before).

“Man, nobody paid attention to that video,” Ward told Silver. “We don't know what they want. They're so hypocritical sometimes. They came out with these new helmets that are supposed to stop concussions. If they care so much about our safety, why don't they mandate that we wear the new ones? If they're so worried about what concussions will do to us after our careers, then guarantee our insurance for life. And if you're going to fine me for a hit, let the money go to veteran guys to help with their medical issues. To say the league really cares? They don't give a f--- about concussions. And now they want to add on two extra games? Are you kidding? Come on, let's be real.

“Now that these new guidelines are in place, you'll see more and more guys lying to doctors to stay on the field. Contracts aren't guaranteed. If a guy's contract is coming up and he gets his bell rung – and if he has a concussion, he'll have to leave the game and maybe miss another one – trust me, he ain't tellin' nobody. Look at [49ers running back] Brian Westbrook. He was an elite player who had concussion issues, and he struggled to find work after the Eagles cut him. Guys saw that. I'm telling you, if you're a guy on the bubble or playing for your next contract, you're going out there and jeopardizing your life to get that payday.”

You might think Ward is crazy, but I’m telling you the guys to whom I spoke today would certainly agree.

Hines Ward discusses Ben Roethlisberger's status in the clubhouse.



And I’ll also let you read Fujita’s anger as well.

“Everybody doubts the league’s sincerity,” he said. “Quit pretending to be the flag-bearers for our health care and safety when you're telling us in the next sentence that we need to go to 18 games. That doesn't cut it. Obviously you don't give a s--- about our health and safety. Remember that photo of [Steelers linebacker James] Harrison making a hit on [Browns receiver Mohamed] Massaquoi? They fined him $75,000 for that – and at the same time, they were selling it on NFL.com for $24.99. They kept it there until someone shamed them into taking it down. I was so pissed off by the hypocrisy of it all.”

Wow, great stuff in the article. Make sure to read it.

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