01-02-2012, 09:35 PM
ANTREL ROLLE HAS COME TO APPRECIATE TOM COUGHLIN (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/giants_antrel_rolle_has_come_t.html)</p>

"In the middle of Super Bowl XLII Media Day, as hundreds of reporters asking
about how much Tom Coughlin had changed his ways, Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants) tight ends coach Mike Pope made
perhaps the best point of the week when he said <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2008/01/nice_guy_tom_coughlin_inspirin.html">it
was more about the adjustments the players made to Coughlin</a>.</p>

“Probably they have changed more than he has,” Pope said.</p>

This year’s version of the converted is a player who spoke louder than most
last year, who was seen as a dividing force, who was <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2010/09/family_of_fighters_stands_behi.html">proudly
representing his frisky family’s style</a> of working for change and who tried
to light the passion of this team the only way he knew how.</p>

Today, one day after recording an interception in the Giants’ victory over
the Cowboys that won them the NFC East, Antrel Rolle spoke about Coughlin in a
way few could have imagined only months ago.</p>

“He’s his own person. I’m my own person. You’re not expected to agree on
everything,” said the Giants’ safety, who signed a five-year deal as a free
agent before the 2010 season. “But through it all we’ve got one common goal in
mind, which is to go out there and win a championship. He understands me better
as a player this year and I respect him as a coach.</p>

“When you have speculations your coach’s job is up for grabs or any kind of
threatening situation, I take that very personally. No coach that Antrel Rolle
is playing for should (have) his job up for grabs. That’s just the way I look at
it and I go out there and put all my heart and soul into it week in and week

Coughlin realizes it was simply a matter of Rolle getting through an
adjustment period after five seasons with the Cardinals.</p>

“I would think it takes a while for someone coming into a program just to
figure out what it’s all about, who’s who,” Coughlin said. “Last year, we had 10
wins and didn’t get in (the playoffs) and so there was some frustration. There’s
been some frustration, which has been dealt with pretty well quite frankly this
year as well and now we’re seeing the result of having some patience and
continuing to work, which these guys have done. This team has done that, they’ve
worked through many issues throughout the course of the year and come back
stronger yet.”</p>

Rolle said he has gone out there the past few weeks with the intention of
fighting for Coughlin’s job and that he knows he’s “not the only one who feels
this way.” It’s funny because that was the same line he threw out there with
negative connotation when he <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2010/09/family_of_fighters_stands_behi.html">questioned
Coughlin’s scheduling and ways</a> following a blowout loss to the Colts in Week

But this offseason, Rolle began to see the value in Coughlin’s ways. He did
some self-evaluating and had conversations with his mother and other friends.
It’s continued into recent weeks when teammates Deon Grant and Chris Canty have
told him they appreciate his passion and what he’s trying to accomplish but
wanted him to start worrying mostly about himself and his own

Last season, Rolle admits that wasn’t the case. He was trying to do too much
to fix the chemistry and the coverage issues. He was speaking out of turn in
front of the media and on the field, where he got burned against the Packers on
an 80-yard touchdown after attempting to fake a blitz before the snap.</p>

This season, especially lately, he’s simplified things and bought more into
Coughlin’s philosophy.</p>

“My mom, she gave me the best advice,” Rolle said. “She was like, ‘Antrel,
you’re in a golden opportunity. You’re in the best situation, the best place you
can possibly be to play and even establish something in your life after
football, so just make sure you go out there and don’t let anyone take you out
of your game. Just be yourself, don’t try to do too much and just play

“And another guy is Deon Grant. He sat me down and we had a long conversation
and he was like, ‘Bro, I understand what you’re trying to do and I appreciate
what you’re trying to do but be you. Let your play do the talking for you.
That’s what you do, that’s who you are, that’s who we know you as.’ Honestly,
that’s the best advice I could’ve gotten from any player.”</p>

Rolle told Grant he felt like himself against Dallas and in the victory over
the Jets. That’s the benefit of reducing the friction between him and Coughlin
as well as accepting his role as a nickel cornerback or “bison” linebacker who
plays down low. Previously, he had griped he wanted to be a “ball hawk” as a

But after Sunday’s game, he said <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/ny_giants_get_big_breaks_in_wi.html">he’d
come to accept his role </a>because of what it means for the team as a

“I really like the way he put himself in position for the interception
because the quarterback, quite frankly, didn’t see him,” Coughlin said of
Rolle’s play on Sunday. “He was in one area of coverage and the more time went
on he saw the eyes of the quarterback and moved into the area where Witten was
and made an outstanding play. He tackled well, had some physical tackles.</p>

“He’s an emotional guy and he wears it on his sleeve. He gives you everything
he’s got and watching him develop and play under wherever we want him to play,
whether it be down and back or back down like it is right now, he’s playing very

In Florham Park, there’s chaos instead of chemistry. In East Rutherford, two
guys who seemingly mix like oil and water are singing Kumbaya.</p>

Amazing what winning and a little self-evaluation can do.</p>

“I’ve always loved him as a guy. He’s probably one of the better men I’ve
ever been around,” Rolle said of Coughlin. “His coaching style is different than
anything I’ve been a part of, which is fine. We’re all different people, we all
have different things in mind. But eventually, you’re going to get with his
program. He’s the boss man; we’re his soldiers. Eventually, it works.</p>

“I was a little stubborn, I was a little whatever it was. But we’re all on
deck. That’s coaches and players included.”</p>

01-02-2012, 09:37 PM

01-02-2012, 09:46 PM
The difficult, TC does right away, the impossible takes a little longer [;)]

01-02-2012, 09:46 PM
Kiwi was crediting Rolle for getting the team going, his words obviously resonated with the team. I know a lot of people bashed him for speaking out but it looks like it worked.

01-02-2012, 10:02 PM
Nice to hear Rolle and TC give each other props. Jacobs said things similar to that last week about TC. </P>

I guess Rex Ryan isnt the only NY coach players want to play for.......ha ha ha</P>



01-02-2012, 10:21 PM
The difficult, TC does right away, the impossible takes a little longer [;)]

Tom Coughlin > Rex Ryan in this area of player development.

The really impossible just get shown the door.

01-02-2012, 10:37 PM
I wish the rest of these posters would see it this way as well. Come to their senses.

01-02-2012, 10:47 PM
I didn't care for my boss until I saw him as a asset instead of an *****.
I realized he's not my friend he's the guy that gives me access to my salary.
I have 64 people working for me. Seven of them directly and I suppose some of them find me challenging.
Say what you will about Antrells' mouth but don't question his hustle or his commitment to this team.

01-02-2012, 10:55 PM
As bad as it has gotten at times under Coughlin, I have never blamed him for the problems with this team.
I accept that some of the players have taken a poor view of him at times, as they are affected by the performance of the team, and can strike out at someone when things are going bad.
I think it's obvious that the players finally respect coach, and hope this continues into the future.

01-03-2012, 08:30 AM
Nice to hear Rolle and TC give each other props. Jacobs said things similar to that last week about TC. </p>

I guess Rex Ryan isnt the only NY coach players want to play for.......ha ha ha</p>



I'd offer that Ryan and all of his bravado is a major reason they are all sitting at home now.

01-03-2012, 08:33 AM
I wish Rolle would come to appreciate a ball gag.