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New York Giants’ Antrel Rolle: I Really Don’t Believe That Everyone Here Believes We Can Win

October 3rd, 2013 at 8:30 AM
By Billy Javed

Just a few days after claiming that the New York Giants could go undefeated for the remainder of the season, starting free safety and captain Antrel Rolle offered some honest insight on the state of the Giants locker room.  

"No, I really don’t. Honestly speaking, I really don’t believe that everyone believes we can win within our locker room."

Rolle could either have been calling out certain player or he could simply be stating his honest opinion. Either way, it’s never a good sign when players on a team don’t believe they are capable of winning. Though Rolle seems to suggest it’s mostly the younger and newer guys that are not accustomed to the Giants’ come-from-behind ways. 

"There's guys that haven't been there before," he said. "I really don’t expect every guy to believe, to have the same beliefs that I have. But that’s why we try to bring everyone together. That’s why we try to get everyone on the same page."

When asked if Coach Coughlin played a role in the team’s diminished morale, Rolle replied, 

“It’s not our head coach under any means. We have an outstanding coach, an excellent coach, a motivated coach. We have a coach that has a fire within his heart.”

When it comes to team chemistry, if it’s not the coach, it’s usually the players, and it’s definitely the players if one of the players says that some of them are lacking belief in themselves. Sounds as if the Giants are in desperate need to taste victory. Something the team hasn’t celebrated since the preseason opener in Pittsburgh. Another captain, quarterback Eli Manning, offered similar sentiments on the subject of team morale. 

“I think a win would be big for this locker room and the morale and just get that feeling again.”

It’s probably safe to say the Giants need a win sooner rather than later as frustration is building and though some would argue its impossibility, the on field product could get even worse. Contrarily, a big win at home against division foes, to climb one game closer to the division lead, all behind a cheering home crowd, could do wonders for this team’s confidence. 

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7 Responses to “New York Giants’ Antrel Rolle: I Really Don’t Believe That Everyone Here Believes We Can Win”

  1.  kujo says:

    Repost:

    kujo says:
    October 3, 2013 at 8:33 AM
    Depends on what you mean by “Hot Seat.”

    If you mean should [Jerry Reese] be concerned that he will be fired after the 2013 season, then no. That’s ridiculous.

    But if you mean that he should understand that a large portion of this 0-4 start (with no clearcut end in sight) is due to his unwillingness to spend premium draft picks address endemic issues of talent, toughness and ability along the offensive line and linebackers, then the answer is a resounding yes.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I just don’t agree with this. Look Pitt has done exactly what you wanted the Giants to do in regards to the OL and LB. There’s not formula position wise. Yes, some players becoming busts have hurt but because they became busts not because they were the wrong position.

  2.  kujo says:

    This is another thing–there is a LOSER mentality on this team right now. And it’s the sort of ****-hum, manic depressive mentality that always seems to wash over us after we lost 2 or 3 in a row (which is a whole separate matter).

    I’ve been saying it all season: the #1 thing we lack right now is pride. No, not that “I’m better than you” sort of pride. I mean the idea that my effort equals my worth as a man. Preparation, execution, practice, mental exercises….all of it is needed in order to succeed. These guys all seem to have that “well, I’m doing what I have to do…but I don’t know about everyone else” mentality. We’re not a team, and there’s no sense of pride here.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I heard the interview and Rolle was just giving and honest (maybe too honest) answer to the question.

      But I agree there’s a mentally problem with this team. When it gets punched too hard it doesn’t respond. What’s so crazy is that just 2 years ago was the strength of this team. I think that’s the real issue more than talent or schemes in being 0-4.

  3.  James Stoll says:

    Maybe they just don’t believe in the system
    Maybe they don’t believe in themselve
    My recurrent theme is that we are bad and have never been better than mediocre
    If you don’t change the leadership nothing will change
    The push back of course is the 2 Super Bowls which no matter how we got there can’t be ignored
    But we all have eyes and we have all seen that but for those 2 5 week spurts we have been bad as often as good
    Now we are 0-4 (and 3-9 over the last 12)
    If you don’t change the cooks expect the same meal

    •  GOAT56 says:

      The thing you don’t realize is we can change and end up with a Ray Handley or even Nick Saban. Change doesn’t always mean better. TC and JR aren’t perfect but they are in the upper echelon of what they do. Maybe you would feel better with a new chief and still struggle but not me.

  4.  stuh says:

    James….Agreed. This is a team living on 2 remarkable runs to Super Bowls. But you can’t live on your laurels forever.
    The only dynasty is the Patriots and even though they make the playoffs every year they
    haven’t won the Super Bowl in a while. It will be interesting to see how they do when Brady is gone.
    It seems that Rolle sees that there is a problem in the locker room. When coach loses the locker room he has to go.

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