New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle is not happy. And why would he be? The veteran came out of the bye week claiming Big Blue needed to win all six of their remaining games, and following a 17-16 loss to the Washington Redskins on Monday night, they have already fallen short of that goal. No longer are they comfortable in their division and find themselves teetering on the brink of another late season collapse.
It's not too late to turn things around, however. Sure, they may be 1-3 in the second half after starting 6-2, but they still control their own destiny and have shown the ability to play at the highest possible level. But in order to do that, Rolle says they need to get a little angry; get a little "nasty" and have a "bit more dog" in them.
“I think we just need to get back to being a little nasty, having a nasty attitude,” Rolle said. “Don’t do anything that’s out of the line of football, but have a little nasty attitude, get a little bit more dog in us, and go out there and play the game. Play the game physical, play the game tough, play the game hard, and we’ll give hugs and kisses after the game. But while that game is going on, we respect no one. And that’s how the game of football needs to be played.”
It wasn't just the on-field nastiness that Rolle believes the team needs to adds; he also feels they need to subtract the relentless praise of their opponents – especially Robert Griffin III.
“Personally, that’s something myself, that’s not anything I’ve been too fond of,” Rolle added. “Do I respect my opponents? I respect them. You know, I’ll give credit when credit’s due. But I’m not gonna kiss anyone’s butt before the game. That’s something that I’m never, ever gonna do as long as I’m playing the game of football.”
From a six-game season to a four-game season, the Giants have now put themselves in a position where they do, in fact, have to win every single game from here on out or risk losing control of their own fate.
For Big Blue, the playoffs begin on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
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