Fassel calls in dynamic duo

As everyone on earth knows by now, Barber and Strahan exchanged unpleasantries during the off-season when Barber called Strahan ‘greedy' and ‘selfish'

Jim Fassel was almost certain that he had nothing to worry about regarding his two stars. But just to be sure, Fassel called Tiki Barber and Michael Strahan aside before the club's first team meeting Wednesday night to make sure that everything was A-OK between two of Fassel's key cogs.

As everyone on earth knows by now, Barber and Strahan exchanged unpleasantries during the off-season when Barber called Strahan ‘greedy' and ‘selfish' after turning down New York's seven-year, $56 million deal. At that point, Strahan vowed to get even with Barber.

As a result, most were expecting some kind of verbal or physical confrontation between the duo once camp kicked off. There was even a published report quoting Amani Toomer stating that he expected Strahan to go after Barber.

So Fassel figured he'd try to nip the problem in the bud. Separately, he summoned each player and told him how important it is that they let bygones be bygones.

Barber said he understood why Fassel wanted to meet, but added that it was unnecessary.

"Hey we're both smart enough to know how to handle this," Barber said. "It's over with."

There were two occasions during the morning session that Barber had the ball near Strahan, but as Strahan had promised, nothing happened.


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