In week a week one loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants defense surrendered 24 points and allowed quarterback Tony Romo to get far too comfortable. For safety Antrel Rolle, that sort of performance is anything but satisfying, and he feels the defense needs to be held accountable.
"We have to go out there and make sure we’re going to a defense that’s going to be held accountable," Rolle said during a WFAN interview on Tuesday. "And a defense that’s going to hold teams to 17 points or less."
Although he wouldn't point fingers at any one specific player -something he says the defense never does- Rolle feels the secondary in particular needs to improve drastically; that they need to have an "attack mentality" and win all one-on-one matchups. That's something that wasn't done against Dallas, with cornerback Corey Webster giving up 127 yards on five receptions – worst in the NFL.
"It all has to be in synch. That’s the way our defense is made up, it’s made for every guy to do their own job and their own assignment, and I think Wednesday was a clear-cut case of that not happening so much," Rolle said. "There were guys out there trying to overcompensate too much, trying to make those plays that were really not their plays to make."
In a division that seems drastically improved from only a year ago, the Giants will need to make the necessary adjustments on the fly. They've got no time to tinker around and get things right, especially with a plethora of mobile quarterbacks on tap over the next three weeks. And one thing that really hurt them last Wednesday was Tony Romo's ability to elude pressure, get comfortable and make plays.
"He was just a little bit too comfortable for my liking … I've never, ever seen Tony Romo that comfortable going up against our defense," Rolle added.
This Sunday they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Josh Freeman, who Justin Tuck recently likened to Ben Roethlisberger, and then Cam Newton and Michael Vick respectively.
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