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New York Giants’ Antrel Rolle: Our Goal is to Hold Teams to 17 Points or Less

September 12th, 2012 at 6:30 AM
By Dan Benton

In week a week one loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants defense surrendered 24 points and allowed quarterback Tony Romo to get far too comfortable. For safety Antrel Rolle, that sort of performance is anything but satisfying, and he feels the defense needs to be held accountable.

"We have to go out there and make sure we’re going to a defense that’s going to be held accountable," Rolle said during a WFAN interview on Tuesday. "And a defense that’s going to hold teams to 17 points or less."

Although he wouldn't point fingers at any one specific player -something he says the defense never does- Rolle feels the secondary in particular needs to improve drastically; that they need to have an "attack mentality" and win all one-on-one matchups. That's something that wasn't done against Dallas, with cornerback Corey Webster giving up 127 yards on five receptions – worst in the NFL.

"It all has to be in synch. That’s the way our defense is made up, it’s made for every guy to do their own job and their own assignment, and I think Wednesday was a clear-cut case of that not happening so much," Rolle said. "There were guys out there trying to overcompensate too much, trying to make those plays that were really not their plays to make."

In a division that seems drastically improved from only a year ago, the Giants will need to make the necessary adjustments on the fly. They've got no time to tinker around and get things right, especially with a plethora of mobile quarterbacks on tap over the next three weeks. And one thing that really hurt them last Wednesday was Tony Romo's ability to elude pressure, get comfortable and make plays.

"He was just a little bit too comfortable for my liking … I've never, ever seen Tony Romo that comfortable going up against our defense," Rolle added.

This Sunday they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Josh Freeman, who Justin Tuck recently likened to Ben Roethlisberger, and then Cam Newton and Michael Vick respectively.

Photo Credit: Mike Gannon

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16 Responses to “New York Giants’ Antrel Rolle: Our Goal is to Hold Teams to 17 Points or Less”

  1.  kujo says:

    This sounds good, but let’s see it in the field, Rolle. You were part of the problem last Wednesday, albeit a smallish part. Shut up and make it work.

  2.  percellovesgiants says:

    What did they make this guy the official spokesman, because he is always talking.

  3.  Krow says:

    In other news, battling through a world of hate Victor Cruz took time off from his busy schedule for some needed ‘mental R&R’ … joining his teammates in an impromptu drum circle at the Timex Center yesterday evening.

    As the talking stick was passed players shared their most difficult moments in open, healing revelations.

    Osi’s account of how he was lied to by Jerry ‘Dr Evil’ Reese and forced to play out his measly $41,000,000 contract brought tears to many an eye. Justin Tuck put down his pan flute to wax eloquently about his longing for his simple boyhood days in Alabama. “I’d trade it all … the fame; the fortune … everything … just to be back singing in the glee club and planning the prom”. The talk of a prom emboldened Prince, who spoke of the cruelty of being, “you know … different … and like a Prince too … whatever.” A spirited discussion ensued over the tyranny of societal gender roles and expectations.

    But a hush fell over the group as Victor began to speak. Head bowed he whispered about his love for dancing and fashion. And his impoverished upbringing, where he was often tempted to ‘stay out late’ with the unsavory neighborhood ruffians. He sniffled as he spoke of his difficulty juggling all the endorsement opportunities forced on him by a greedy, hateful public rooting for him to fail. “So I dropped a few balls … I did catch my iPad.” They all nodded in agreement. “Ronde is so right.” … someone added.

    It all ended in tears, with everyone hugging and promising to redouble their efforts to endure the difficulties life has thrown in their paths. And as they all shuffled towards their limos you could see a determined resolve reflected in the faces of their chauffeurs as they opened the doors and poured them a cold appletini for the long ride home.

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    I love Krow’s post.

    I also smell a conspiracy. There are 101 votes for the HOF according to the tally, but when you add the votes for each individual there are only 100. It is clear to me that Dan is stealing votes away from Greg Jennings because he objects to speedsters with gold teeth who cannot catch the ball. Should Mr. Jennings lose this vote I am now prepared to claim fraud and hire David Boies in order to take this damned election all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary. First, though, we will make a complaint to the Justice Department where Eric Holder has just wasted three years and tens of millions of dollars fruitlessly trying to prove that the CIA used “unnecessary torture that violated the law” on those poor fellows at Guantanamo. He undoubtedly needs a new cause in order to try to repair his reputation as a mediocre Attorney General (as opposed to one of the worst since Attorney General Palmer…look him up if you don’t know who he is) and I believe I have a perfect vehicle for him to use right here. Dan had better step carefully because I am watching. Victor Cruz and I now have our eyes carefully on the ball.

  5.  rlhjr says:

    REPOST followed by comment

    Tom Gatewood sits head and shoulders above any HOF nominees I’ve seen thus far. Gatewood was a highly touted first round Fighting Irish draft choice who was supposed to be the answer for the loss of Bob Tucker. Tucker, who by the way is still the best TE to ever play for the Giants (IMHO).

    Remember that Rocky Thompson still holds the Giants record for regular season kickoff return of 99 yards. I guess that’s why Rocky has his own wing.

    Nor can I think of a single Giant defender (Elvis Patterson included) who has/had worse hands than Rocky T. Although the ubiquitous Juaquain Williams is very close.

    J CHARLES: Forgive me brother for not putting you in the G101 member HOF. There is no way we could have one without you in it. So my vote from last week now includes J. CHARLES.

    For those of you who have never seen a J CHARLES post, please browse the archives and brace for heavy rolls……..LOL.

    As for Antrel he has not allowed for NFL inflation. NFL inflation in the league having skewed the rules in favor of the offense in an all out attempt to recruit Fantasy Football players and line league and owner pockets at the expense of real football and the disgust of real football fans.

    The NFL wants Madden scores so that brainless new jack video football fans can spend their money on NFL backed fantasy leagues. So today’s 17PPG is 27 PPG thanks to Goodell’s goons. Yes, the ref’s are part of the grand design too.

    So, Antrel saying 17 PPG is going to have to be adjusted for the blatant holding committed against JPP and Joseph who just happen to be the only two Giant D-linemen worth a poop. (I think Tracy and Ojo would be an upgrade at this point) Let’s see how the remaining scrubs in blue do against a team that actually has an offensive line. Rocky Bernard gets a pass.

    I also notice that the 49er defense looks like one of three D’s league wide who might be able to pull off the 17 PPG trick. Unlike the Giants, they strive to collect good athletes at EVERY position. Frisco looks like Giant defenses that featured Taylor, Marshall and Carson. You don’t see them scrambling to get people in on third down. That is due to the fact they are both physical and athletic, unlike these Giants. Jerry Reese would rather make do with off duty garbage men for offensive linemen and linebackers.

    For all of you who post that you cannot have pro bowlers at every position, take a good look at Frisco and Baltimore. They DON’T have All Pros at EVERY position. But on the other hand, they are not overstocked with BUMBS at any position on either side of the ball. That is something Jerry Reese can’t claim.

    Well, San Fran did have one bum, but they used Reese to get rid of that mistake, unless some of you think that Baas is the second coming of Bart Oats.

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