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New York Giants’ Antrel Rolle: “There is No Tomorrow; It’s Either Fight or Flight”

December 19th, 2012 at 10:25 AM
By Dan Benton

Why are the New York Giants so inconsistent? What is the problem? How do they fix it? Safety Antrel Rolle doesn't really know, but whatever it is, it's dire. And while appearing on WFAN for his weekly spot, the veteran made it clear: it's now or never for Big Blue.

"As a team there is something we need to fix. And we have to fix it right now. There is no tomorrow. For us it is either fight or flight," Rolle added. "There’s nothing left to be said at this point. If you want it, you got to go out and take it."

Still, it's difficult to fix a situation that cannot be diagnosed. And in mid-November, Rolle said the players were to blame, not the coaches. But here we are, a month later, and there are still far more questions than there are answers.

"For whatever reason, this week we could probably be the best team in the NFL and this week could possibly be the worst team in the NFL," Rolle said. "I am definitely a part of it. I still can’t figure out what it is."

The reality of the situation, as Rolle would attest, is that there's no more time to waste. The Giants have one clear path to the playoffs: win and in. If they don't, there's a strong chance their luck has finally run out. If they do, they could be setting themselves up for another magical run. And perhaps their best course of action is to stop attempting to diagnose the problem, stop over-thinking it and just go out there and have fun playing the game of football.

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14 Responses to “New York Giants’ Antrel Rolle: “There is No Tomorrow; It’s Either Fight or Flight””

  1.  Krow says:

    Well … the third option is to just mail it in. They don’t actually have to run away.

  2.  Syed Sohail Shah says:

    This whole playing well one week, then playing like crap the next is getting a little old now. I’m sure evryone is frustrated, but why does this team need to lose badly to be motivated they need to get that mantality out of their head. While I appreciate rolles leadership and outspokenness, it should be something that is present every week and everyday in practice. Right now we are the favorites to beat the Ravens, but everyone the offense, defense, and special teams needs to have a big game. It’s time to start our magical run and show everyone what we are capable of.

  3.  TuckThis says:

    I for one don’t believe there is a “magical run” in this team, but everyone can and will draw their own conclusions. I think that after a time, you can’t turn the switch on and off. At some point, the inconsistency catches up with you.

    I’ll root as hard as ever, but won’t be shocked or stunned if the Giants don’t even make the playoffs. Just one person’s opinion.

    •  James Stoll says:

      Yup. Time to clean house starting with Coughlin. It won’t happen, but that would be the ultimate reset and after a couple of off years we might just find ourselves a good team instead of an occasionally lucky one.

      •  NOLAGiant says:

        I thought we Giants fans skipped the fire coughlin sentiments at least a year after a SB win. Really guys Coughlin has done nothing to deserve getting fired.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      At this point in 2007 and again in 2011, we were all saying the exact same thing.

  4.  James Stoll says:

    Thinking about the Ravens offense, giants need to stop the run and defend the screen/swing pass
    Thinking about their defense, Eli cannot throw deep or Ed Reed will feast

  5.  James Stoll says:

    Coughlin’s presser makes it sound as if Kenny could go this week, but Ahmad is doubtful

  6.  Levito says:

    Dan’s right. Look back at the schedule from last season. The Giants didn’t have a single dominant game before week 16, but they did have a few crushing losses (New Orleans, Seattle). At this point last season, the Giants defense was terrible, the pass rush had never appeared and the offense couldn’t get a running game going.

    The big difference between last year and this one is Osi finally started to get healthy, and started strip sacking QBs at an unbelievable rate. Coughlin spoke with Tuck and convinced him to stop feeling sorry for himself. Prince finally started to play and, although he looked mainly lost, he was able to play serviceably in the slot. Offensively the run game came back (a little), and Nicks wasn’t banged up to the extent he is now. KP was also healthy and the 3 safety set with him, Rolle and Grant was alive and well.

    •  James Stoll says:

      All true plus JPP was other wordily last year and he’s barely average this one. Plus Canty was playing much better.
      And if course Eli

  7.  GOAT56 says:

    We can now see those 2011 things that made us SB champs in hindsight. No one saw it at this time last year except maybe Demo. Like this year only about half of us (if that) think we will make it to the playoffs. Once we are there especially with the SB experience we are a different team.

    I think the Osi this year could be Webster. He’s slowly improved throughout the year and maybe he can return to form. Wilson provides a spark we didn’t even have last year. Even without Bradsaw we might be better at RB just because all of our RBs have fresh legs. We have Bennett who is much better than Pascoe or the limited Ballard we had at the end of last year. Nicks looks like he’s slowly improving each week. He won’t be 100% or probably even 90% this year but could be closer to himself than we have had. My point is there are signs that are positive like last year.

    That said I think much of it comes down to Eli. Not only because he’s our QB but when it comes to underperforming I think Eli is in the team picture for this team. But Eli has always shown that ability to play well when it’s most important. I think we have enough around him that we just need him to play well and not great this year. That means some key 3rd down throws which we have been missing too much this year. Making that deep throw when we get a shot. And most importantly protecting the ball. Eli has made too many really bad TOs this year. Not bad bounces like 2010 but just bad decisions. Basically, if El ijust cleans up his game we can make a run.

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