"You look at Tom Coughlin. Antrel, as you and I know, has bought into what Tom Coughlin is selling. Whether it was two weeks ago, two months ago, I don’t know. But he’s bought into it. Why? Because Tom Coughlin has credibility. And Antrel looks at it like, 'This man has been there, he’s done it. Let me listen to him and see.'"
Merritt has been trying to communicate to his group the importance of assignments heading into this upcoming game, and he has even used props.
"I told my guys when I went into a meeting, I put a mirror up and said, 'Who can beat you? Only the man that's in the mirror.' Don't beat yourself by not knowing what to do or not playing the proper leverage."
Reflecting specifically on his mates in the secondary, Rolle knows the importance of Merritt's message.
"We call ourselves the AK-47 Group – myself, Kenny and Deon. You get Antrel, you’ve got (No.) 26. You get Kenny, you got (No.) 21. Which equals 47. But everyone knows an AK-47 doesn’t work without the clip, and Deon Grant has been that clip for us.That’s how we see ourselves. We’re extremely close, we’re extremely tight. Not only are we teammates but we’re brothers."
At first one had to question how serious the "All In" slogan was, but no more.
After a brief meeting with defensive coordinator Perry Fewell in November, Rolle knew that if he didn't establish that brotherhood and go "All In" for his team mates, he could cost them an opportunity at a Super Bowl title.
“And when I thought about that, it actually brought tears to my eyes and from that point on I never saw the game about me. I never saw the game about anything having to deal with me. I saw the game about my teammates, I saw the game most of all about Coach Coughlin, and I saw the game most of all about Deon Grant.”
The Giants have been "All In" for some time now. many a quote this week has been reflective of camaraderie, confidence, and a flat out desire to win.
In three days, we find out what all of that can do for a group of men.
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