"That's nice of him," Manning said, according to the New York Daily News. "It's good to hear from old Tiki."
The quarterback was asked if it's a distraction when a former teammate calls for the coach to be fired.
NFL Media colleague Judy Battista remarked that Manning used a "sledgehammer wrapped in velvet" here. We quite like that.
Barber's opinion isn't exactly malicious, or even a bad one. Coughlin is now 68 years old, and the Giants have slipped into something of an organizational malaise since their improbable Super Bowl run in 2011. But Barber should know by now that any negative opinion on the Giants will come off as sour grapes for a guy who just missed the Super Bowl gravy train.
Then again, that realization would require a sliver of self-awareness. We're not convinced that's in play here.