There aren’t too many serious football fans out there today that haven’t heard the old adage, “Offense wins games, but Defense wins championships” (the actual Dave Thorson, basketball coach quote was: “No doubt — offense sells the tickets, but defense wins the championships”). As recent as last Sunday, this rings overwhelmingly true.
To look back at every New York Football Giants Super Bowl appearance and claim that it isn’t a valid statement for XXI, XXV, XLII and XLVI is like saying that Jim Fassel’s XXXV team had a chance in the 4th quarter. It’s unrealistic.
“I’m a fan of defense, it doesn’t matter which team it is,” said Rolle in a Giants.com interview. “I’m just very, very happy for those guys. They deserve everything that they received.”
Rolle also went on to state that the bar has been set once again — much like the Giants did after taking down an up-until-then perfect team in Super Bowl XLII. He also sounds like he believes they can get back there.
“I think Seattle’s defense set some pretty big standards and left some pretty big shoes to fill for the 2014 season,” he said. “Our expectations are always great. At the beginning of the year, they’re always great. We just wish for more consistency and just better play overall from the Giants because we can do it…any defense would want to see itself play to that caliber. We’ve had games, absolutely, where we’ve played to that caliber before. They just put it all together for that one game, which is the game that happens to count. That’s what it’s all about. Nobody remembers who made it to the playoffs or who made it to the NFC championship. They remember one team – the Super Bowl champions.”
Rolle also sounds like he’s let go of “0-6” to the point of it burning an unnecessary hole in him. He was able to watch the big game without angst.
“It wasn’t difficult at all. If you had asked me that question at the beginning of the season, you probably would have gotten a different answer. We had every opportunity, just like Seattle and Denver did. We didn’t capitalize on it. I’m professional enough to understand that and to take that. There’s nothing to be sour about, you just use that for extra motivation come next season," he added.
As the leader on defense, Rolle was a shining star on the Giants in an otherwise disappointing 2013 season, leading the defense with: 80 solo tackles, 18 assists, 2 sacks, 6 interceptions, and 12 passes defensed. He may not be sour, but if he’s coming back in 2014 with more motivation.
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