New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle was in a mood for predictions last week while appearing on ESPN's First Take. Not only did he predict that Big Blue would "make a run" at the Super Bowl, but he also predicted the final NFC East standings, which included the Giants finishing first, followed by the Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys landing firmly in the basement.
“I think if you have the right defensive scheme against the Eagles, you can definitely shut them down," Rolle said. "I think we displayed that in the second game we played them. As far as Washington, I think Washington has more weapons, and I think they added more weapons, especially to the offensive system. I think RGIII will definitely bounce back and have a better season this year. And defensively, I think they've added a lot of veteran leadership to their defense that’s gonna help them out a whole lot."
Rolle's comments certainly weren't outlandish, but it doesn't really take much to get under the skin of Eagles' coaches and players. And although he responded relatively calmly in comparison to reactions of the past, Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin took exception to Rolle's predictions and shared his views via Twitter.
Soooo guess somebody said we were gonna finish third in our division um ok...back to my Friday morning. Have a great day twitter fam! Lol— Jeremy Maclin (@jmac_18) June 20, 2014
The Eagles are an overly confident bunch and have never been afraid to share it. And while some of that confidence may be unjust, it's never a good idea to give them any sort of bulletin board material or extra motivation. At the same time, this merely seems like a desperate attempt for Maclin to find some.
Meanwhile, on their side of the aisle, mocking commenting have been flowing freely since the very start of free agency. Not only has running back LeSean McCoy dismissed the Giants as irrelevant, but we've also seen cornerback Brandon Boykin target Giants cornerback Walter Thurmond III and safety Malcolm Jenkins mock Big Blue's ability to protect Eli Manning.
For a team that never stops running their collective mouths, it's almost funny to see Maclin get bent out of shape over what amounts to not much of anything.
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