Tiki Barber may have spoke bad about his QB Eli Manning in the past, but now, he thinks it is the Giants' right move to stick with No. 10.
The Giants still may take a quarterback at No. 2 overall in April, but the front office has stated Manning as their guy for next season. Barber, who played with Manning for three seasons (his best three in terms of yards), says Manning deserves to start considering it really wasn't his fault as to why they were so bad last season.
"I think it's the right move," Barber told NJ.com's Dan Duggan. "There were so many things I could have pointed to last year like, 'This is the problem. This is the problem.' Never once was I saying, 'Eli is the problem.' I think he's got a couple of good years left in him. If they stay healthy -- Odell (Beckham Jr.) was hurt for most of the year -- and they get a couple of free-agent offensive lineman or draft someone, they can turn this thing quickly if they figure out how went from 11-5 to 3-13 last year."
Barber thinks of all the injuries last season, Beckham's was the most impactful because of how he affects the game. This will be a big season for him coming up as he hopes to see a contract extension after he plays out his fifth-year option.
"I love Odell," Barber said. "Odell is one of those guys who's polarizing and you hate him if he's on the other team, you love him if he's on your team. He's still got to mature, but I love his game. It's hard to look at a guy like that and say, 'I don't want you on my team.'"
Barber also spoke on new GM Dave Gettleman and HC Pat Shurmur, both of whom he thinks were the right calls to make. Gettleman served as a pro personnel director for most of Barber's career in New York, which is why he backs him 100 percent.
"I think they have the right man at the helm. Obviously, I'm a fan of Dave Gettleman because I've known him since I was there," Barber said. "So, personnel-wise things will get where they need to be."
As for Shurmur, Barber may not know him like Gettleman, but he thinks how calm Shurmur can be especially in times of distress.
"Shurmur brings a calmness that I think hasn't been there," Barber said. "There's been a lot of frenetic decision-making it feels like the last couple of years. The fact that he went somewhere and failed as a head coach gives you a perspective. I honestly believe you have to fail to ultimately find success. We've seen it over and over and over again, whether it's with players or especially with coaches. I'm optimistic about what 2018 brings for this team."
Barber played his entire 10-year career with the Giants, where he totaled six seasons of over 1,000 yards rushing. He is the Giants all-time rushing leader by a mile with 10,449 yards.