After losing two straight games and falling to 6-4 on the season, the New York Giants have been facing a rather large amount of scrutiny and criticism. And, as it usually does, the vast majority of that has fallen on the shoulders of head coach Tom Coughlin, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. But while appearing on WFAN on Tuesday, safety Antrel Rolle said there's no justification for that as the players are the ones failing right now … not the coaches.
"Like I told the coaches Monday, it doesn't really matter how hard you guys are going to be on us because right now at this point obviously we need it because we're not doing the simple things that we're being taught to do as a defensive unit," Rolle said.
Rolle noted that many of their issues are correctable, and pointed out A.J. Green's 56-yard touchdown as an example. Although he would not specify a culprit (it was Stevie Brown, for what it's worth), Rolle admitted that it was a blown coverage and something completely avoidable.
Looking ahead, the veteran safety acknowledged that their schedule isn't favorable, especially considering the position they've put themselves in, but that the team will not shy away from it.
"I love going up against the best of the best each and every week. And our schedule upcoming, it's pretty brutal. It's a pretty brutal schedule, but it's nothing we can't handle. It's nothing that we can't handle as a team. It's nothing we haven't done before as a team so the way I look at it, man, bring them on," Rolle said.
There will be no backing into the playoffs this season. If the Giants are going to do it, they're going to have to do it the hard way. And that means fixing the little things immediately.
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