By Rich Tandler
Barry Cofield is looking forward to playing his former team, the New York Giants, this Sunday, calling the game “an epic event.” And while he wishes his former teammates well, he doesn’t think much of the organization he just left.
In an interview with Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger, Cofield took issue with the way the Giants treated former teammates Sean O’Hara and Rich Seubert, who were released, and Kevin Boss, Chase Blackburn, and Steve Smith, who left in free agency.
“Some other guys I played with, sweat with and bled with, I don’t think it was right, the way things went down with them,” Cofield said. “A guy that’s been there for 10 years like Rich gets hurt and you fire him? That’s the best way to put it.”
Cofield, who did say that the Giants did make a good-faith effort to resign him before he took a six-year, $36 million contract with the Redskins, also was critical of the team’s handling of Osi Umenyiora. The Giants are reluctant to rework his six-year contract, which has two years remaining.
“I don’t think that's right either,” Cofield said.
While what Cofield said certainly will be a topic of discussion around the Giants’ training complex, it is not likely to end up as any sort of motivational bulletin board material. He did not take a shot at any of his ex-teammates or question anything about the team in general. Being critical of general manager Mike Reese, and expressing sentiments that many of the players may privately agree with is not the sort of content that gets a team extra fired up to play.