GIANTS' ANTREL ROLLE DEFLECTS BLAME IN SECONDARY'S BREAKDOWN SUNDAY NIGHT
"On Sunday night, the Giants miraculously emerged victorious after overcoming
a 12-point deficit with 5:41 remaining in a must-win game against the rival
Cowboys. And to do so, Eli Manning needed to engineer two brilliant drives after
secondary was victimized for a 50-yard touchdown after another breakdown in
On the play, there was some miscommunication between cornerback Corey Webster
and safety Antrel Rolle. Webster released Bryant assuming Rolle was going to
help out over the top. But Rolle jumped on an underneath route, leaving Bryant
In his weekly Tuesday radio interview on WFAN, Rolle deflected blame on the
play, saying "I was exactly where I was supposed to be" on Bryant's
"Iím not saying I donít make mistakes, because I do, but Iím going to be
where Iím supposed to be," Rolle said.
The safety also blamed fans and commentators for jumping to conclusions
without knowing what they're talking about.
"At the end of the day, there are just fans out there that don't understand
the ins and outs of football," Rolle said.
"[Commentators] always want to point the finger like they know what theyíre
talking about, but they donít half the time," Rolle added, saying he was
speaking for players across the league.
At the same time, Rolle said he knows everyone needs to be in sync every
"In order for us to get to where we want to get to, we need to be on the same
page at the same time."
He added, "I'm not talking about the offense, I'm talking about the defense.
The offense has been saving us."
Rolle said he cares about what fans and other people say about him because "I
take pride in my play."
Some other bits from the interview:
-- Rolle refused to comment on Ahmad Bradshaw and his suspension.
-- Rolle said he's Jason Pierre-Paul's biggest fan and that the second-year
defensive end should definitely be in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl.
"I don't see anyone playing better than him, and that's across the league,"
he said. He's definitely the MVP of our defense, hands down."
-- Rolle called Eli Manning "elite" and said his opinion of the quarterback
was cemented when in an interview Manning said he'd rather have the ball with
the game on the line than watching the other team have the ball in that
"That dude, man, you can say whatever you say about him, No. 26 is No. 10's
biggest fan at the end of the day," he said.
--As for this weekend against the Redskins, Rolle said he wouldn't guarantee
a win, but he didn't "plan" on losing either. When the interviewer brought up
Rolle's quote from earlier in the season after the Giants fell in the home
opener in Washington when Rolle said the Giants would beat the Redskins 95 out
of a 100 times, Rolle corrected him and said it was 99, not 95.
After doing some careful math, it's then mathematically impossible for the
Giants to lose Sunday. But you didn't hear it from me."