New York Giants Antrel Rolle Offers Great Information In Loss To Colts

Chris ValContributor ISeptember 21, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 02:  Antrel Rolle #26 of the New York Giants intercepts a pass intended for Randy Moss #81 of the New England Patriots during the first quarter on September 2, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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After watching the Giants get completely man handled on both sides of the ball Sunday night against the Colts, many questions have been raised by Giants fans and where the organization is headed.

Some blame Tom Coughlin and the coaching staff for their poor judgment on their game plan. 

It was evident that their game plan for the Colts was atrocious.  Only dressing two defensive tackles, while playing in a nickel and dime defense for the most part of the first half, which left the Giants very vulnerable to the run.  In effect, the Colts successfully exploited the Giants by running the ball 40 times for 163 yards, lead by a Joseph Addai and Donald Brown tandem. 

On the other hand, some fans blame the players.  They were flat once again, missed assignments, bad angles to the football, and just poor play overall. 

So what is exactly the problem in New York? 

Well, Antrel Rolle was kind enough to shed some light on subject in an interview with Evan and Jared on the WFAN radio show.

When asked about the game plan and if he (Rolle) thought the game plan was right, Rolle responded, "I don't feel the game plan was right but I also don't feel that it was wrong.  In my eyes, it doesn't matter what call you put up there, it should be executed and executed to the fullest.  Calls were made to prevent what they were doing and it just wasn't done."


Obviously, adjustments needed to be made during the game and they were not by the Giants coaching staff, Rolle's comments were this.

"Yeah the necessary adjustments might not have been made, but you cant only blame the coaches and you cant only blame the players, its a team out there."

The next question asked was about the Colts run game and if he was surprised about how well they ran the football against the Giants, Rolle's response was," I wasn't surprised, they were having success running and a smart team will stick to what they are having success doing."

"On that night I think they could have picked their poison, they could have passed and had success or ran and had success." Rolle said.

If your a Giants fan, this is obviously a very scary statement and a cause for concern perhaps for the entire season.

From that point, Rolle really let us in on what he thought the major problem may have been for the Giants defense that night.

"There was too much down time doing nothing and relaxing and it carried into the game.  Getting to a game three hours ad 15 minutes before game time is unheard of and I have never done that before." Rolle said.

"Two hours before the game is plenty of time to get stuff done." Rolle said.


Then Evan and Jared went on to ask a very important question, if the Giants would be ready this week and if they would be too relaxed again against the Titans.  Rolle replied,

"I expect nothing less than a great football game come Sunday, and we definitely have to get prepared for it." 

Later on Rolle went on to talk about how the Giants locker room is very flat, and that they played with little to no enthusiasm.  Rolle explained that the team needs to have that dawg mentality and to have that dawg mentality the organization needs to have less control of things.

This is huge news from a Pro Bowl player who is new to the team.  He is sort of able to give us an outsiders opinion because he is new.  

This is a team with no soul, no gel, no continuity!  They need fire, passion, and a pure willingness to succeed no matter what. 

Is this a quick fix?  Can the Giants turn things around after that big punch in the mouth?  

Sure it's possible, but with no leader in that locker room, it is going to be a very hard task to accomplish. 

Some people say, "look at the 2007 season, they started off 0-2 and went on to win the Superbowl."

True, but that was a much different team.  The difference you may ask?  Michael Strahan and Steve Spagnuolo.  A player that we now look back at and realize how spoiled we were by his excellent play and extravagant leadership day in and day out.  Not only did the Giants have Strahan, but they had a master mind of a defensive coordinator who new exactly how to attack every offense that stepped on the field.

Bottom line, the Giants need someone to step up in that locker room.  They need a voice, they need a leader.  Hopefully Rolle can be that leader now that he see's the problem.  I look forward to seeing his performance this Sunday and if he decides to exert himself into that leadership role.