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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