NFL Week 15: Why Antrel Rolle Should Not Have Said What He Said
Back in September, the Giants lost to the Washington Redskins 28-14. Giants safety Antrel Rolle was unhappy and told a reporter that if the Giants played the Redskins 100 times, the Redskins would maybe win five.
This week, Rolle is back in the spotlight, telling WFAN that he said that the Giants would win 99 percent of the time, not 95 percent.
Here are five reasons why Antrel Rolle should not have said what he said.
Expect the Unexpected in the NFL
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Likewise, last year in the playoffs, nobody predicted that the Jets would beat the 14-2 Patriots, and they pulled off the upset.
To think an upset is impossible in the NFL is just silly and incorrect.
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Last week, Tom Coughlin benched RB Ahmad Bradshaw for violating team rules. While a benching of Rolle this week is unlikely, you should never do anything to piss off Coughlin.
Always stay on a coach's good side, especially if his name is Tom Coughlin.
A More Motivated Redskins Team
When your team is clinging onto first place in their division and desperately needs to win a game, it isn't the smartest idea to go and mock the opposition.
On Wednesday, Rex Grossman responded to Rolle by saying, "It is the NFL, and nobody is going to beat anyone 99 out of 100 times. I am confident about where we are. We haven’t finished games lately and we need to finish, and everything should take care of itself. I understand that there is a lot of pride in the NFL and a lot of people go about their business with a lot of pride and ego, and we do the same thing."
Grossman is unhappy with Rolle's comments and probably wants nothing more than to go out and have his receivers beat Rolle on multiple occasions.
Now the Redskins are not only playing for themselves, but are also playing to ruin the playoff hopes of Rolle and the Giants.
Rolle Should Focus on His Own Team
Rolle has plenty of work to do for his own team.
The Giants' secondary has struggled all year, and Rolle was responsible for the play last week against the Cowboys that nearly sealed the win for Dallas.
Rolle and Aaron Ross had bad communication late in the game last Sunday, which gave Dez Bryant an easy touchdown and a 34-22 Dallas lead.
Rolle and the secondary should spend their time working on how to stop giving up so many passing yards every week.
Nothing Good Can Come out of This
Some may compare this prediction to the one made by former Giants WR Plaxico Burress before the Super Bowl. However, Plaxico's prediction came true in the Super Bowl against a Patriots team that was supposed to win. Plaxico stepped up and helped lead the Giants to victory, and he came out looking like a confident, devoted player.
The difference in Rolle's case is that the Giants are expected to win. If the Giants do indeed win, no one will think twice about his comments, but if they lose, he will be criticized.
There is nothing to gain from this.