Tiki Lays Into McNabb

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I have no idea why Tiki Barber would be so animated in regards Donovan McNabb, but he certainly was during an interview with the Bloomberg show, "On The Ball". Barber sat down with the hosts of the show (airing November 22nd), and called McNabb's misunderstanding of the rule "indefensible" and that he would, "live to regret it for a long time"....

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb's misunderstanding of the National Football League's overtime rules is ``indefensible'' and may have hurt his team's playoff chances, former NFL running back Tiki Barber said.

McNabb said after the Eagles' 13-13 tie yesterday in Cincinnati that he didn't know the NFL's regular-season rule that if neither team scored during a 15-minute overtime period, the game would end in a tie.

``That's an indefensible comment that he made,'' Barber, now a commentator for NBC Sports, said in an interview that will air Nov. 22 on Bloomberg's ``On the Ball'' radio program. ``He will live to regret it for a long time.''
According to Pro Football Talk, in an un-aired portion of the same interview, Donovan even stated that he'd, "Hate to see what happens in a Super Bowl or [I’d] hate to see what happens in the playoffs, to settle with a tie."

And while that statement is just downright dumb, and almost unfathomable, Tiki's comments make no sense. It's not like McNabb wasn't trying to win the game in the first overtime. They were trying to throw the ball down the field as time ran out, but McNabb just couldn't find anyone. Now if Tiki said that Donovan's play and three interceptions might cost them a Playoff spot, that would make sense. But to say that his misunderstanding the rule hurt his team in anyway is just wrong.

Sure it was (and still is) idiotic, but it didn't cost the Eagles their season.

Barber Calls McNabb's Mistaking of NFL Tie Rule `Indefensible' (Bloomberg News)


@ AA: You're absolutely right. While Andy Reid may have to coach his team on NFL timing rules a little bit better it in no way cost his team the game. Remember, the last play of the game with 7 seconds left was a 70-yard bomb that fell incomplete. The not knowing of the rules did not, in any way, contribute to the outcome of that game.

And obviously McNabb does not remember 2005 (?) when the Rams and the Panthers went to double overtime.

JFein said...
Nov 18, 2008, 2:57:00 PM  

But AA, how do you know that McNabb would not have played with a bigger sense of urgency at the 13- or five-minute mark had he known that another period would not be coming?

I agree with Tiki (this is a rare occurrence), McNabb's lack of knowledge here is indefensible.

Anonymous said...
Nov 18, 2008, 3:44:00 PM  

@ anon: There was no need for urgency at that point. Had the Eagles had even sustained a drive, then they would have had to have been concerned with running down the clock so that in the case of a missed field goal the Bengals would have no time left to construct a drive. Overtime clock management was NOT the reason the Eagles tied taht game, nor was it even a factor. At no point, and I do this quite often, did I mark out at Reid while watching the game about his often atrocious time management.

JFein said...
Nov 18, 2008, 3:55:00 PM  

I fail to see how McNabb will regret this for a long time.

Tiki Barber is a complete fucktard.

GMoney said...
Nov 18, 2008, 4:05:00 PM  

who gives a crap what Meki thinks? he also said that Eli wasn't a leader and that the Giants would go no where after he retired. JUST SHUT UP!

Anonymous said...
Nov 18, 2008, 4:15:00 PM  

I agree with the other anon. McNabb didn't know til the last play of the game, so how can you say it wouldn't have changed his play?

He will regret saying that because it shows McNabb is a loser. Not that Tiki is perfect, but your anger towards him shows you are an uneducated Philadelphia fan (actually they all are).

Anonymous said...
Nov 18, 2008, 4:18:00 PM  

@ anon @ 4:18: If you're talking to AA and calling him an uneducated Philly fan then you are even more uneducated then you claim Philly fans like me are. While AA's favorite team is in the NFC team is in the NFC East, he's not an Eagles fan...

Shameless plug: http://fireandyreidnow.blogspot.com/2008/11/tiki-barber-apparently-holds-grudge.html

If you thought what AA said was harsh, wait 'til you read what I have to say to one Tiki Barber.

JFein said...
Nov 18, 2008, 4:27:00 PM  

Who cares what some random blogger has to say?

Anonymous said...
Nov 18, 2008, 4:32:00 PM  

Barber is a fucking idiot his black ass is sitting on the sidelines where he belongs

Anonymous said...
Nov 18, 2008, 6:25:00 PM  

McNabb may have talked his way out of Philly and get Reid fired in the process. Barber may have talked his own way out of his NBC job.

Anonymous said...
Nov 18, 2008, 8:49:00 PM  

@ anon @ 8:49: I hope the last 2 are true.

JFein said...
Nov 18, 2008, 9:16:00 PM  

It is simply amazing the number of people who time after time defend McNabb. Why?

Anonymous said...
Nov 18, 2008, 10:30:00 PM  
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JamesCraven said...
Nov 18, 2008, 11:55:00 PM  

And you stay classy, anon 6:25 PM!

As far as McNabb, Reid and Eagles owner Jeff Lurie, the parting of these three will come after the season. Ried is fired, repalced by a new coach, then McNabb is traded for a package of payers and high draft picks by the new player personel boss.

JamesCraven said...
Nov 18, 2008, 11:57:00 PM  

i wonder what that deleted post was.

Anonymous said...
Nov 19, 2008, 9:17:00 AM  

Barber, that was a stupid thing to do. Of course, McNabb needs to realize that there are no ties in regular season games, but I don't see how a tie necessarily hurts the Eagles' playoff chances. That's a presumptuous thing to say at this juncture. I do know that ties are better than losses, though.

Brad James said...
Nov 19, 2008, 2:02:00 PM  

As a Giants fan, I have a few words for Tiki:

Don't you have some unsettled regrets yourself?

Kiss the ring!

Anonymous said...
Nov 20, 2008, 2:08:00 PM  

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