Two days after the Giants fell to 0-4 and a day after he declared the team could go 12-0 the rest of the way, safety Antrel Rolle said some of his teammates might not be behind his pledge.
On Tuesday, Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News relayed Rolle's sentiments on the situation:
Rolle: Honestly speaking, I really don’t believe that everyone believes we can win within our locker room.— Ebenezer Samuel (@ebenezersamuel) October 1, 2013
For the first time since 1987, Big Blue is winless through four contests to start a season, but Rolle isn't pointing any fingers at his two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Tom Coughlin. Rolle's teammate and fellow respected veteran Justin Tuck took it a step further, telling the New York Daily News, "If anyone turns on our coach, I would be the first one to punch him in the mouth. And put that in print. It better not happen, I know that."
Could the Giants' locker room be coming apart? Tuck's comments came shortly after receiver Victor Cruz publicly questioned the team's decision to punt the ball on 4th-and-short in the third quarter of Sunday's loss. Chiefs' return man Dexter McCluster ended up returning the ball 89 yards for a touchdown to give Kansas City a 17-7 lead at the time.
No matter who gets the blame, there's no arguing about the ineptitude of the Giants right now. The defense has given up a league-worst 36.5 points per game, while Eli Manning and the offense have scored just seven points in the last eight quarters.
Perhaps if there's any silver lining it's that the NFC East is struggling as a whole this year, with Dallas leading the division at 2-2 while Philadelphia and Washington are each 1-3. As it stands now, the Giants join Tampa Bay, Jacksonville and Pittsburgh as the only 0-4 teams in the league.