For New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle, the bye week really was a bye week. He didn't go near football, didn't think about football and completely cleared his mind. But the second he sat down on the plane back to New Jersey, his focus shifted back to his job and the dire situation Big Blue has put themselves in. And while appearing on WFAN Tuesday morning, Rolle called every game from here on out a "do or die" game.
"We have control of our own destiny at this point," Rolle said. "We just have to go out there, and we've got to take care of each and every week as if it's our last week, as if it's our first week, as if it’s a do-or-die week, because that’s exactly what it is. It’s do or die; there's no room for error at this point."
Although he wouldn't divulge any information about the players-only closed door meeting that took place on Monday, he did say that everyone on the team is of the same mindset.
"We need to improve just as an overall team, in the support of each other, offensively, defensively and special teams," he said. "I think that’s when we play our best, when the defense is tough and rooting on the offense, when the offense is rooting on the defense, and when special teams is going out there and shutting the other special teams opponents down. When we’re just clicking, when we’re all in synch, and we spoke about that yesterday. I just think it's better when we play very close attention to the minor details, each and every phase in practice, each and every phase of the game, and just the little things are going to be the things that carries us over."
Rolle feels, as do his teammates, that they haven't played their best football this year; that they have a lot more than they've shown. And with a 6-4 record and looking down the barrel at one of the most difficult stretches in recent memory, Rolle expects them to be perfect. In their minds, there's absolutely no room for error.
"I want to win six out of six," Rolle added. "That's the way I look at it, that’s the way I play the game, that’s my attitude about it. Four out of six, it may get us in, it may not get us in, it all depends. I don’t want to bank ourselves on an 10-6 season. So definitely going to go for a 12-4 season, and just hope for the best, and wish for the best."
Perfection is certainly one way to get the job done, and certainly something the Giants are capable of. Round one begins this Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers.
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