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New York Giants’ Antrel Rolle Talks All Things Giants and More

June 6th, 2013 at 9:05 AM
By Doug Rush

New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle has never been short for words when he has publicly spoken to the media. He has always been a quote machine during his four years with the team, some of which comes from his normal weekly radio spot with WFAN New York radio hosts Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts during the regular season.

'Antrel Rolle' photo (c) 2012, Ted Kerwin - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

During the teams OTA's, Rolle spoke with with Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York on Wednesday and the Giants starting safety was not shy on his feelings regarding topics like Jason Pierre-Paul, Kenny Phillips, Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and the Dallas Cowboys.

Rolle on Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul's back surgery and his recovery:

"I called [our agent] Drew Rosenhaus to get updated with Jason Pierre-Paul’s injury," Rolle said. "I am just glad he is getting it taken care of now because 80 percent of JPP is better than a lot of people at 100 percent in this league. To get him at 100 percent, he is definitely going to play off the charts and I am eagerly anticipating him getting back with us." 

Rolle on former Giants safety Kenny Phillips now playing with the Philadelphia Eagles:

"For Kenny to go over there, I tell him every day I hate him," Rolle joked. "Words can’t explain right now how much I hate this guy right now. You know I love him to death. [Phillips is] my little brother to the end.” 

Rolle on the contract situations with Giants wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz:

"I am just hoping it is not really that serious," Rolle said about the contract situations of both receivers. "I am just hoping that this process doesn’t string out too long. And hopefully we get those guys with us sooner than later because they are two of our biggest playmakers." 

Rolle on playing the Dallas Cowboys in 2013:

"Always a great rivalry and you are always going to get a great game out of those guys," Rolle said. "The Dallas Cowboys are a good team. I think maybe they are missing a couple of pieces to the puzzle. But I don’t think the pieces they are missing are actually the players. They are always contenders. They are always right there in the mix and I am looking forward to meeting those guys twice a year."

The "missing pieces" comment is what drew the most attention of the media on Wednesday, as a lot of people felt that Rolle was taking shots at Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett and owner Jerry Jones. Rolle did later on say that he wasn't referring to Garrett in his comments.

 "My response about the Dallas Cowboys was not directed towards the coach or the play calling. I blame myself because I guess I left it open." 

Maybe Rolle's quote was primarily directed towards Jones, who has been very outspoken in the past about the rivalry between the Giants and the Cowboys, which would make a lot of sense since many people feel that Jones as the Dallas GM is a big reason why they haven't won a Super Bowl since 1995 and have won only one playoff game since 1996.

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8 Responses to “New York Giants’ Antrel Rolle Talks All Things Giants and More”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    ‘Trel the Truth-teller.

    I love this guy, especially because he backs his mouth up with his play. Does he occasionally take a bad angle? Sure, but so does every other safety in the league. He plays hard, effectively, and smartly. And he’s a leader on a team that needs more of that. And he will be relied heavily upon to teach Brown where to be, Hill how to keep improving, and Taylor how to maximize that body. Dave Merritt is a good coach, but Rolle will be like having an assistant on the field. That’s worth plenty of those extra dollars he gets paid per his contract.

    •  JimStoll says:

      I was very skeptical about this signing when it happened
      I thought Rolle might well have been the beneficiary of playing next to wilson and having Dansbury in front of him
      But the guy has been very solid, occasionally brilliant, less often disappointing
      and a real team leader
      on balance, JR’s best free agent signing

      •  fanfor55years says:

        Your skepticism was shared by many. As you’ll recall, I loved the signing, and still do.

        Reese has had a number of great free agency signings. What I think is just about indisputable is that this one was the best of the big-money-long-term decisions in free agency.

        FWIW, I think there’s a very good chance we are going to look back at the Myers signing as brilliant. If he works out the way I suspect he will we got a quality player headed toward his peak at a very fair price for four years.

        •  JimStoll says:

          yeah, my son, who spends more time following up on these things once they occur, is very excited about the Giants becoming Raiders-East
          both Meyers and Murphy look like quality additions to the receiving corp; although the issue of Meyer’s supposed lack of blocking ability, the lack of TE emphasis, and what to do with robinson, all make the ultimate Meyers contribution more than a little questionable

  2.  GIANTT says:

    Sometimes we forget that these are young guys prone to talk first and think afterwards but I see nothing controversial or that hasnt been voiced before about the Cowboys . Garrett is giving up calling the offensive plays . Its a start but we should , as Giants fans be grateful that Jerruh will never fire himself as GM .

    •  fanfor55years says:

      We should also be grateful that John Mara, who really could run the Giants in precisely the same way as Jones runs the Cowboys, and would in doing so be following in the footsteps of other Maras of the past, has the wisdom to leave plenty of room for authority to Jerry Reese and Tom Coughlin. We need to give Mara credit for running an organization that has one of the youngest GMs in the NFL along with the oldest coach, and making it work for two titles and counting. The guy at the top establishes the goals and the culture, and the way an organization behaves under pressure and adversity, and Mara has done an outstanding job.

      We have a terrific leader. Dallas has a terrific egomaniac. Sometimes the latter will catch lightning in a bottle. But better to bet on the former.

  3.  CT GIANT says:

    “a far cry from the halcyon days of the 1970′s”
    NOW THAT’S FUNNY!, ha, lol

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