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Antrel Rolle Say Giants were Forced to Simplify Defense Because It was Too Complex for Some

February 7th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants struggled mightily on both offense and Special Teams throughout 2013, and although they didn't start strong, their defense ended the season being at least a dimly lit bright spot amidst complete darkness. But, safety Antrel Rolle says, it could have been much more dominant if not for defensive coordinator Perry Fewell being forced into simplification.

“There were sometimes during the year when Perry Fewell was restricted from running certain defenses that I know he would love to run,” Rolle said. “Certain defenses I know could have helped us out defensively at the beginning of the year. But it takes everyone. It’s a collective effort and if one guy is wrong we’re all wrong. For the early part of the year that’s something that we failed to do as a defensive unit."

But why they failed, Rolle hints, is not so much about lack of talent, but instead, a lack of understanding the complexities of Fewell's defense.

"You’re going to have guys who study and go way beyond the X’s and O’s and you’re going to have guys who go in there and just do what is taught to them during meeting times and when they study at the facility and what is taking place on the field. This game, you have to study this game and that’s what a lot of people don’t understand. You have to study the game with the guy beside you because that’s who you’re going to be playing with, that’s who you need to have the same chemistry with," he added.

Rolle failed to call out any specific teammate or teammates, but the message is a clear one: someone or a group of people weren't going above and beyond for the team. And while that may be a direct result of seemingly endless injuries, the Giants' lone Pro Bowler seems no less frustrated by it.

And, Rolle adds, if the players on the team aren't willing to do what's necessary, then it's time to find some others who will.

“We failed to do that, especially in the beginning of the season, so coach Perry Fewell had to simplify a lot of things for our defense this year,” said Rolle. “We’re looking for the guys who can step in, who can understand the defense, who can play the defense and can be very versatile because that’s the way we won when we won the Super Bowl in 2011.”

The captain has spoken.


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16 Responses to “Antrel Rolle Say Giants were Forced to Simplify Defense Because It was Too Complex for Some”

  1.  Krow says:

    A familiar theme. Reminds me of that old joke … a man observes someone punching himself in the head … when he inquired why he was doing it the man replied that it was because it felt so good when he stopped. We’ve stopped twice … on the way to two Superbowls. Other years we’ve just kept on punching.

  2.  jerseyrich says:

    Im not sure if this is an indictment of Fewell for not adjusting to the players he was given, or an indictment of the players for not being able to do what Fewell wanted them to do. Either way, not something you want to hear as a fan. Regardless, I think Rolle is awesome…..wish we had another 4-5 guys as intense as he is on the team. The man is all about winning football games.

    •  JimStoll says:

      we are apparently the only team in the league intent on developing schemes too complicated for the players to execute

      Go Tom Coughlin!!

  3.  rlhjr says:


    Want you guys/gals to head this; Because of Mr. Mara’s edict, I am sure Coughlin will give McAdoo plenty of sway in building/implementing the Giants offense. That horse is out of the barn and running around for a month now.

    What will be interesting is if Perry Fewell is reading the handwriting on the wall.
    He’s been dealt a hand containing a few defensive players whom given the proper scheme can disrupt an offense. I’ll go out on a limb and say if Fewell doesn’t step up his game and start attacking offenses he’ll be the next coordinator to move along. His only excuse will be JPP and (if kept) Tuck’s ability to mount a pass rush.

    If the front four is sound, Fewell had better start utilizing the other defensive levels to clobber offenses instead of having them lay back to be kicked around.

    The line can be a catalyst, but they can’t be dependened upon to do it all.
    That’s why there are eleven guys out there.

  4.  Begiant says:

    I think the Giants need to cut Snee and void the Myers deal. I think we should try to acquire a center and two guards in FA and the draft…Mosely might be an answer to the one of the guard spots, but that’s about it. Baas should be a June 1st cut to save 5 mil unless we really can’t find any suitable replacements.

    I think Beason is a key player to resign and I hope his injury history is behind him. I think bringing back Nicks (not at 10 mil per though) and Tuck (who I think will take a discount to stay here) are also big priorities.

    We should definitely keep Brown and if, like FF55 said, Brown might resign for more years at a good price we should pounce. We should also NOT cut Webster as it would only save about 1.5 mil and he is definitely worth that…even as a backup.

    Linval Joseph would be a nice resign because he was a good young player for us, but not at the expense of our offseason. Hankins looked good last year and along with Jenkins and a resigned Patterson and Rodgers (for around vet min) we should have a fair amount of depth at DT.

    Antrell Rolle should not be restructured or extended…we should let him play out his current deal. I know saving a potential 4 mil is exciting, but I don’t want to get fleeced with an old safety on a expensive contract. If Rolle can play like last year he will earn his expensive salary. Eli is a different story, if we can extend him to prorate his salary then we should do it…he is our QB for the forseeable future so messing with his contract would be a good way to get a couple extra mil in cap space.

    •  Begiant says:

      haha it sounds like Webster and Myers had their contracts voided…I disagree with Webster, but we haven’t relied on him in a couple years, so hopefully the decision won’t hurt us like it did with Bradshaw.

      •  Kettles78 says:

        Losing the type of player Bradshaw was hurt but Bradshaw was hurt for the Colts so I am not sure how much he could of helped even if he stayed

        •  Begiant says:

          He might not have gotten a season ending injury with us….regardless, he would have been a huge help in the first two games of the season.

    •  giankees says:

      Dont think they will be able to afford all those signings. I actually want the ebron or sammy Watkins if not move down and go dennard. I think they should sign a center and guard and knock snee down to 2 mill. If s nee is healthy he could help. I would still draft a guard in the 3 rd then a rb by 4 or 5. We can sign a vet reciever and a guy like ballard too. If we can drop kiwi and keep tuck that would be nice. Beason needs to be signed . Nicks will get offered over 10 mill by a couple teams. Drop baas and kiwi after June 1 so we have a chance with some cap casualties too

  5.  Kettles78 says:

    Well hopefully with Rolle going public with the statements the message will get across to more players to put in more effort learning and understanding.Still think there needs to be an infusion of young talent on D and it would be great to get to only rushing 4 and getting pressure without having to blitz often

  6.  JBeast3 says:

    NC Giant says:
    February 7, 2014 at 12:51 PM
    anyone think Manningham could make a 2nd stop in NY? I think he is/will be available as a FA right? I realize he is no genious either but if that knee is good (and he will have had 18-24 months since the injury) I would love to have him back?


    I would love to have him back if and only IF his knees are fine. Also i wouldn’t pay him more than a vet min right now with a lot of performance bonuses in there. I think with a simpler offensive system Manningham can be a good 3-4 option which is exactly what we need. If i remember correctly he is coming off an ACL tear? and missed a bunch of games this season but when he made it back he did seem to run and play ok. Im guessing if healthy and a n offseason to get back in to game shape he will be a pretty good get as a WR esp if Nicks leaves.

    •  Begiant says:

      Maybe if we aren’t planning on drafting one or if we don’t get Nicks. I think we moved on from Manningham when we weren’t willing to sign him when he first became a FA.

  7.  JBeast3 says:

    I just caught up on all the posts today, I think like most here believe Beason is the only must sign FA for the giants. I would like Linval and Nicks back but only at the right price. Tuck can leave or come back for a short cheap contract or go get paid somewhere else. This isn’t because i think he is done but we need young cheap hungry players plus we need to see what Moore can do and needs to be given playing time and if Tuck is here he will not get that playing time.

    As for the draft, some one mentioned DT Jurrnigan at 12 TBH i didn’t even think about it, but if Linval does walk i like Nix or Jurrnigan as DT this year. I would still go with Dennard, Watkins, Ebron or Mack if they are still on the board then Nix/Jurrnigan. The reason i have DT lower down is because even if Linval leaves we still have Hankins Patterson ( if resigned and should be) and Jenkins.

    Someone mentioned WR Lee at 12, I’m not high on Lee i think he can be good but also can be a bust more so than the other top WRs other than Evans. If Watkins is gone by 12 go to a different position other than WR.

    •  Begiant says:

      If Tuck leaves then our DE depth is pretty terrible. JPP has had health concerns the past two years, Moore needs to gain wait to be an effective DE and Kiwinuka was awful. I think signing Tuck to a 2 yr 9-9.5 mil deal would allow us to keep a veteran leader on the team and still provide Moore with the ability to be the third DE in the rotation…more than enough of an opportunity to get playing time.

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