New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle has attempted to enjoy the NFL Playoffs as a casual observer, but it's not been easy on him. As he witnesses the glory of his first championship fading away, he can't help but look back and think about what might have been. Yet, as much as he contemplates the ongoings of the past season, he still has no solid answers as to what went wrong.
"Have I come up with an answer? No. I just understand that there were certain times where we were able to get up and fight through whatever we needed to fight through to be successful and at certain times we weren’t able to, for whatever rhyme or reason," Rolle told Giants.com. "You can see it before the game. You can see it during the game. You can see it after the game. For whatever reason, as a team, we weren’t in-sync; we weren’t hungry enough for that particular moment. It showed."
The "lack of fire" excuse has been one used by many Giants in an effort to explain exactly what went wrong during their 9-7 season, but it doesn't entirely explain away certain aspects of their crumble. And, if that's the excuse they all wish to stick to, it's certainly a poor one that reflects badly upon them as athletes and head coach Tom Coughlin as their leader.
Whatever the case may be, the team certainly isn't enjoying it this offseason. And if Rolle has his way, they'll return next season with a renewed sense of vigor and a hunger to reclaim what they still feel is theirs.
“I’m a part of this team. I feel like if one fails, we all fail,” Rolle said. “That’s just the way we look at it and the way I look at it. I think we need to find a common ground within everyone on this team. We need to find a common ground. I don’t think a team should look at one person or two people or three people, for example, to get motivated. I think every man should look at themselves and be able to look at any other player on the roster. It doesn’t matter who it is in order to look for that spark or that extra boost of energy or that focus level.”
Is it time for training camp yet?
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