Tag:Antonio Pierce
Posted on: June 24, 2011 10:03 pm

Sapp, Strahan latest to call out Tiki Barber

Posted by Ryan Wilson

We mentioned it in Hot Routes this afternoon, but we might as well delve into the gory details since there's not much else going on. Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan, former players who now make their living as television analysts, are the latest to say that Tiki Barber should stay retired.

Sapp, who played 13 NFL seasons for the Buccaneers and Raiders, was blunt: “I didn’t think much of him when he did play,” he told Rich Eisen on the aptly named Rich Eisen Podcast. ”I mean that’s the whole point. He was a fumbler all the way through his life, and then all of a sudden, somebody taught him how to hold the ball up high and then he (left the Giants) and said, Eli (Manning) can’t lead them and they’ll never win a championship.

“That kind of lends to who I’m talking about. This is the same guy. This is all encompassed into the same thing. There’s no way you turn your back on your teammates that block for you, that gave you the ball on short fields and did whatever they did. … There’s still no reason for you to attack your teammates.”

Strahan, who played with Barber in New York, was in no hurry to defend his former teammate. “Sapp is 100 percent right,” he said. “Only thing is, if it comes to playing football, he can play.”

And that's the thing, Barber was a tough downhill runner. His biggest issue now, apart from the fact that he's 36 and last played in the NFL in 2006, is that he's not known as a locker room guy.

“I think it plays into the minds of some of the teams that will probably go, ‘Well, he can come in, he can be productive. We think he can. But how does that play into the chemistry of our team?’” Strahan said. “So I think that’s important if you’re a GM. That’s what you’re going to look at if you’re a head coach. Now, if you want guys that are going to give you production, that’s going to work hard, is going to bust his butt, you’re going to get all of that … But the other part, I’m not sure myself.”

Tiki's Return?
Which is basically what everyone has been saying since Barber un-retired in March.

Two related questions: has anyone defended Barber? We can't recall a single person stepping forward and saying, "Tiki would be a great addition to any NFL team!" Also: anybody else find it peculiar that Ronde, Tiki's identical twin who still plays with the Bucs, hasn't spoken up on behalf of his brother?

Maybe Ronde doesn't want to get involved (which is completely understandable). Or perhaps he doesn't think Tiki should return to football, either. We've mentioned it before (as have the commenters), but it's a strange juxtaposition, Tiki and Ronde. One player disliked by his former teammates, and another who appears to be well respected by players, coaches and fans, quietly plodding along, often playing at a Pro Bowl level during his 14-year career.

When the lockout ends and training camps begin, Tiki very well could get his opportunity to make an NFL team. It's just that history, age, and a lot of former players (some of them teammates) are against him. 

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Posted on: March 9, 2011 9:28 am

Antonio Pierce speaks his harsh truth about Tiki

Posted by Andy BenoitT. Barber (US Presswire)

The best thing about Tiki Barber’s return to the NFL? It gives a lot of his former teammates turned analysts (i.e. the outspoken Michael Strahan and Antonio Pierce) a chance to say what they really think of the guy.

Pierce, now an ESPN analyst, already kicked this off with his appearance on NFL Live Tuesday. The former Giants Pro Bowl linebacker disparaged Barber’s leadership abilities.

“Tiki Barber, the football player, great player, will be very productive probably in certain situations,” Pierce said. “Tiki Barber, the leader, the person in that locker room? He is not going to do anything for your team.  Now if that is the guy you think you are bringing in, you might want to look in another direction.”

He went on.

“From personal experience, he didn’t do anything to help the Giants [in] 2006 when he decided to retire in the middle of the season and then months later question our quarterback and our head coach,” Pierce said.   “That is my problem with Tiki Barber … the guy can play. Can he do it four years later? I don’t think he can.”

And on.

Tiki’s Detirement

"I didn't get a chance to get to know who Tiki Barber was the person," Pierce said. "I know him as a player and the guy was great and we always congratulate each other, the way we played."

"But what he did in that locker room my two years with him, he didn't do anything but deteriorate that team," Pierce added. "And he didn't help us out. I don't see this guy as a leader or somebody that can help you out. And that's my problem with him. That is why I believe they [the Giants] will release him because he is going to cause nothing but problems for that team."

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Posted on: February 26, 2011 2:09 pm

Kiwanuka's future very much unclear

M. Kiwanuka's NFL future is unclear (Getty). Posted by Eye on Football staff

UPDATED (2:05 p.m.): Jerry Reese released a statement, via the NY Times, that Kiwanuka has been cleared by doctors to play.


INDIANAPOLIS -- Giants DE Mathias Kiwanuka had such a hot start last year, recording four sacks in three games and really thriving in new defensive coordinator Perry Fewell’s system. But he had a herniated disk problem in his neck, and he missed the final 13 games of the season.

He made $1.76 million in the final year of his contract next season, and though New York obviously likes his abilities, his future with the Giants is still unclear, especially considering he still hasn’t been cleared by doctors to play.

“Kiwanuka’s been getting good reports,” Giants GM Jerry Reese told the media today. “I don’t think he’s quite out of the woods yet with the doctors’ investigation on the neck. But he has been getting good reports. That’s good for us.

"I just think that confirmation, he’s been all over the place trying to get the right information so he can make his decision if he’s going to play again next fall. I think there’s a couple more doctors that he wants to get some confirmation from and our doctors want to huddle up and make sure everybody is saying the same thing, on the same page.”

But there seems to be a chance that Kiwanuka – who, thus far, has avoided surgery as he tries to make a recovery – wouldn’t play again at all.

“It’s a possibility. Who knows?” Reese said. “When you talk about neck injuries, Antonio Pierce, he had a neck injury and boom it was over just like that. Neck injuries are serious injuries and you have to be careful.”

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Posted on: January 14, 2011 11:15 am
Edited on: January 14, 2011 11:16 am

Hot Routes 1.14.11: Breaking down Lynch

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • The Seattle Times breaks down Marshawn Lynch’s now-famous 67-yard TD run vs. the Saints. All eleven Seahawks who were on the field for that play were interviewed for this story. Good stuff if you like to know the inside scoop of what was happening during a specific play.
  • Speaking of Fox, at least one of his former players in Carolina said the Broncos will love their new head coach.
  • Fox Sports’ Adam Caplan breaks down where Cam Newton will go in the 2011 NFL Draft.
  • Terrell Suggs resumed his regular Tom Brady bashing on Sirius Mad Dog Radio Thursday. Of Brady’s three Super Bowl rings Suggs said, “He’s got the tuck rule incident and you got the videotaping of other teams’ practices. It’s like “Oh, OK what’s going on here?’"
  • NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora reports that former Bills coach Dick Jauron will get a look at becoming Pat Shurmur’s defensive coordinator in Cleveland.
  • The drug charges against former Chargers safety Kevin Ellison have been dropped, and now he’s hoping he can return to the NFL and “show teams who I am again.” Apparently, he’s NOT the kind of guy who walks around with 100 Vicodin pills in his pocket without a prescription.

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Posted on: January 5, 2011 6:36 pm

NFL fires back at Antonio Pierce

Posted by Andy Benoit

Admit it: when you first heard Antonio Pierce’s suggestion that players take a firm stand in the CBA negotiations by walking out on the playoffs, you were a little bit intrigued. You probably thought, “That would never happen in a million years.” Then, you probably thought “…but what if it did?”

Pierce’s idea – which was just something he seemed to lob out there – got the NFL’s attention, too. We’ll just pass along exactly what the league executives posted on NFLlabor.com, since they seemed to do a fine job of making this debate embarrassingly one-sided.

With all due respect to Antonio Pierce, who was an outstanding player for the New York Giants and Washington Redskins, a player walkout during the playoffs would not help secure a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Nor do alliances with the AFL-CIO, Congressional interventions constantly sought by the union, or esoteric legal maneuvers, all in search of some kind of illusory leverage.
Here are a few additional facts:

• Playoff games are included in the revenue that goes into the share that determines player compensation and benefits under the CBA. Additional compensation for players that participate in playoff games also comes out of that 60 percent player share of Total Revenue as defined in the CBA.

• A “walk out” is a violation of the CBA.  As spelled out on page 10 of the CBA, “Neither the NFLPA nor any of its members will engage in any strike, work stoppage, or other concerted action interfering with the operations of the NFL or any Club for the duration of this Agreement.”

George Attalah, spokesman for the NFLPA, later tweeted a response: “A player expresses his opinion and the league goes into overkill mode. What are they afraid of? We've already guaranteed no strike.”

Isn’t labor strife fun?

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Posted on: January 5, 2011 11:27 am

What if players refused to play the postseason?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

On his Twitter feed this morning, former Redskins and Giants LB Antonio Pierce has an interesting idea regarding next year’s potential work stoppage.

“NFL LOCKOUT. What if the players stood up right now and walked out during the playoffs? The Owners have all the leverage right now,” Pierce wrote. “Players/NFLPA need to make a Strong stance soon. All players make the same amount In the playoffs per Rd. … Tv/Owners would panic if players made a stance right now during the playoffs. Which the NFL/TEAMS make a lot of money during the playoffs. MARCH 3 is right around the corner. And the Owners/teams r in the Front running with this situation. Just food for Thought.”

That’d be a bold move, though ultimately, how fast do you think the fan’s rage – which might be slightly more tilted toward the owners at this point – would turn against the players? Would the NFLPA be damaged for good by making a move like this?

Obviously, those questions are unknowable unless something like that were to happen. But would the risk outweight the possible reward? I'm not sure that it would.

Or maybe, like Pierce suggests, something a little extreme could occur.

Writes Pierce: “What if during the 1st round of the playoffs.. Players stood on the sidelines and refused to start the game for say 15mins.. ??? Tv exc would go crazy.”

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Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:26 am

Antonio Pierce finds a home...sort of

Former Giants star middle linebacker Antonio Pierce is officially out of football. Pierce has agreed to join ESPN as an NFL analyst. From an ESPN press release:

New York Giants Super Bowl champion linebacker Antonio Pierce, who has announced his retirement from pro football after nine seasons, is joining ESPN as an NFL analyst. The 2006 Pro Bowler will appear on NFL Live, SportsCenter, ESPNEWS, and 1050 ESPN New York, and he will provide weekly analysis on ESPNNewYork.com, ESPN’s home for New York sports news and information.

Pierce will officially start this month and will appear on NFL Live today at 4 p.m. ET with host Trey Wingo to discuss his retirement and his new role with ESPN.

--Andy Benoit

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