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A vow from Antrel Rolle

Headhunter : 9/24/2013 12:59 pm
"Iím going to tell you from this point on, I donít care what the situation may be, I donít care what the outcome is, I donít care what the hell has to happen,'' Rolle said on WFAN. "If they want to kick me up from around here, from the New York Giants, then thatís whatís going to have to happen but Iím going to play Antrel Rolle ball the way I know how to play Antrel Rolle ball and Iím going to lead the way I know how to lead. Because I donít give a damn what happens, that feeling that I felt last Sunday? I can never have that feeling again. I never had that feeling in my life and I can never feel that way again. Iím going to do whatever it takes and anything it takes and whatever the outcome is, it is what it is. Iím a man and I can handle anything that comes my way. But Iím going to play football the way I know how to play football.'' #nyg
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So it's either Rolle talking the usual fluff shit that means nothing  
AnotherGiantsFan : 9/24/2013 1:51 pm : link
Or he's saying he's going rogue. Either way, it really doesn't matter. The offense sucks, which is making our defense shittier. Don't care what Rolle does.
arcarsenal : 9/24/2013 1:51 pm : link
LOL.. what scheme DOES fit this personnel? If you guys can name me some strong NFL defenses with linebackers as bad as ours, I'd love to hear them.
and this is only  
Bake54 : 9/24/2013 1:51 pm : link
now if Rolle  
BigBlueCane : 9/24/2013 1:53 pm : link
does deck Fewell, will he get booed or cheered?
depends on whether  
Bake54 : 9/24/2013 1:54 pm : link
Fewell is about to catch a deep ball or not.
Matt in SGS : 9/24/2013 1:55 pm : link
was the 2011 Giants linebackers that much better than the 2013 crop? It's more or less the same group, with Blackburn replaced by Connor and now with his injury, Herzlich.
It doesn't matter anyway.  
Curtis in VA : 9/24/2013 1:55 pm : link
He doesn't play on the offensive line.
well...I take it back  
Matt in SGS : 9/24/2013 1:56 pm : link
Boley was still productive in 2011.
Antrel Rolle may be slightly overrated  
Giantcol22 : 9/24/2013 1:56 pm : link
but they guy brings it every single game. He gives 100& percent effort He's been asked to play out of position for most of his time here and has done a good job in whatever role he plays. Does he get out of position sometimes...yes but I think he's a great asset to this team. I remember last year Justin Tuck kissing RG3's ass saying "He hated the football Gods for putting him in our division" and Rolle right away spoke up and said what had to be said "Respect your opponent but do not fear him". I don't want out team leader giving that much credit to the opponent because that trickles down to the rest of the team. I for one like Trels attitude and wish we had more guys had that same attitude on the field.
arcarsenal : 9/24/2013 1:56 pm : link
Matt.. 2011 Boley would be the best linebacker on this team right now. Blackburn would be too.

And neither player was even spectacular that year. That's how bad the linebackers are right now.
the 2011 LBs also had a DE corps  
WeatherMan : 9/24/2013 1:57 pm : link
who could be relied on to keep edge contain. I can't say the same yet of this group, and that is exacerbating the already limited capabilities of the linebacker unit.
Curtis in VA : 9/24/2013 1:59 pm : link
the biggest difference is knowing what they're doing. Boley and Blackburn were both trusted to make the calls on the field at various times. You can throw safety Deon Grant in there too.

None of these linebackers seem to have a clue. And what makes it worse is that Herzlich and Paysinger have even less business being on an NFL field than Boley and Blackburn did.
Eric from BBI : Admin : 9/24/2013 2:03 pm : link
was also telling the Daily News before the game that his ankle and foot were bothering him but he was going to tough it out.

Big is just about every player in the NFL.
Giantcol22 : 9/24/2013 2:11 pm : link
Fan are crazy. Some think the players just don't give a crap and when a guy like Rolle is as pissed we were after the game sunday its still not good enough.
You guys that are  
Arnie D. : 9/24/2013 2:11 pm : link
down on Rolle make me sick. We have a defense led by a coordinator with a scheme that's passive; that reads and reacts; that plays soft zones and can't get off the field. We have a player who lays it all on the line every week. Who played last year with two shoulder injuries that would've kept you in bed and crying to your mommies and you come down on Rolle for trying to fire up his teammates. Losers.
I thought this offseason was going to be the year  
AnotherGiantsFan : 9/24/2013 2:12 pm : link
Where all the overpaid vets get cut outright and we get to start fresh. I'm looking forward to this next offseason.

Really is a shame JR had to restructure Baas. Would of made cutting him a whole lot more palatable.
Ok, we have Rolle simply trying to fire up this team  
nicky43 : 9/24/2013 2:19 pm : link
and the BBI NFL EXPERTS want to turn it into:

"the coaches are trying to get him to play a less aggressive style" - Ridiculous with nothing to support this statement.

"Definitely a shot at the defensive scheme" - Ridiculous with nothing to support this statement.

"players start saying they will do their own thing out there because they get frustrated by the scheme." - Ridiculous as though the above line was a fact.

"this would feed to Banks' theory of chemistry problems in the locker room." - Oh my!

"at least one player in open revolt against fewell." A revolt? Amazing!

"Rolle's comments seem to be indicative of a crisis of confidence in the coaching staff, or at a minimum just Fewell." - Very creative - A crisis of confidence. Great imagination.

Man oh man oh man! Some of you guys are just full of drama!

Dave in H  
old man : 9/24/2013 2:21 pm : link
You're wrong. It is gonna end well. Either they find a way and turn this season around,and the fans get too cheer again, or 1/2 the team will be gone,including JR on down, and the next group of players/coachs will work together.
Except for a few organizations that don't get it, and spend 1/2 their time changing the players over a couple of seasons, but 1/2 way through then also change the HC and staff, thereby NEVER having players fit the schemes(or viceversa), aka Cleveland/Oakland/Jacksonville, in todays game it doesnt take long to turn a program around.
RE: 'Trel: The T2/Read-react D works only if you have a very good secondary and/or your D is quick. Uh, you can guess the rest. How much worse can this D, with vets like Jenkins, Patterson, Rogers, 'Trel, Kiwi, Tuck be going with instinct as opposed to what they do now?
If he is indicted the players, BJ needs to jump on this too, or gets cut and Eli gets killed.
If nothing else, he's forced JM/JR/TC to communicate amongst themselves and kill the tension.
Eric from BBI : Admin : 9/24/2013 2:24 pm : link
Rolle is a nice player, but he by far is the highest paid defensive player on this team.

Do you think he plays like a Pro Bowl safety? Personally, I don't.

We're better off with him, but he doesn't make a lot of game-changing plays. The San Fran game last year was a rare occurrence.
I'm with arnie D  
95cobraguy : 9/24/2013 2:26 pm : link
Rolle shows more passion than the whole defense combined and some of you guys are attacking whether he's made any meaningful plays or not? Give it a rest. At least somebody is showing some passion? How was tucks passion in his post game presser? How about JPPs passion opening his trap sunday night on twitter calling out "fake ass giant fans"? Some of you guys are fucking comical, and thats putting it mildly.
He thinks he's a ball-hawk, but he isn't.  
Ten Ton Hammer : 9/24/2013 2:27 pm : link
He takes bad angles when he plays the ball deep. He always had a history of getting burned in ARZ.

I like him more as a strong safety. The best thing he can do is play the run and blitz.
And just to show he was only trying to fire up the team  
nicky43 : 9/24/2013 2:30 pm : link
and NOT indict the schemes (LOL):

"From this point on, I don't care what the situation may be, I don't care what the outcome is," an emotional Rolle said. "I don't care what the hell has to happen. If they want to kick me up from around here, from the New York Giants, then that's gonna be what has to happen. But I'm gonna play Antrel Rolle ball the way I know how to play Antrel Rolle ball, and I'm gonna lead the way I know how to lead.

Rolle added that he doesn't "give a damn what happens" with his future.

"That feeling that I felt last Sunday, I can never have that feeling again," he said. "I'm gonna do whatever it takes, anything it takes. And whatever the outcome is, it is what it is."

From sleeping pass rush to struggling offensive line to absent run game, it's seemed like a collapse on all levels for the Giants this September. But that's not what Rolle saw on Tuesday. The first-year captain said the Giants' issues go "deeper than X's and O's." On Monday, former Giants linebacking great Carl Banks had spent his own WFAN spot ripping into his old team for a lack of emotion and saying that players didn't seem willing to fight for each other.

Rolle said he agreed "200 percent" with Banks' blasts.

"Do we like each other in our locker room? I believe so," he said. "We like each other. WE're all friends with one another. But are we going out there and fighting for the guy beside us? Absolutely not. There is no way I can hide it, sugarcoat it, whatever you want to say.

"I think we need to do some serious soul-searching within the locker room and try to understand and try to form an identity of who we're gonna be, for one," he added. "Do we still love to play this game? That's No. 2. And third of all: Are we going to fight like hell to get out of the situation that we're in?"

Now, I don't see a single reference to any scheme, any coach, or any kind of revolt.
arcarsenal : 9/24/2013 2:31 pm : link
nicky.. people hear what they want to hear.

It would be like me saying that Hakeem Nicks' "I can't throw the ball to myself" quote was a direct shot at Gilbride's offense even though Nicks never said anything to actually support that.
Eric from BBI : Admin : 9/24/2013 2:31 pm : link
He showed his passion on WFAN, not the field, right?
Matt in SGS : 9/24/2013 2:36 pm : link
I'll play along, since you cited part of my posts. I gave some detail around a similar circumstance of a vocal leader calling out his coach for the defensive schemes, as Pepper Johnson did.

I also pointed out that Rolle has a history of issues with Fewell's system. I incorrectly said it was from Guinta, but it was actually Merritt. So here it is for you

At 7-7 and facing a second straight season without a trip to the playoffs, Rolle was griping via text to the Giantsí safeties coach about the defensive game plans and the lack of in-game adjustments.

The key line in Merrittís message (ďYou may get that chance to leave in the end ...Ē) was in reference to conversations Rolle had with the Giantsí staff.

He was unhappy with his role as the nickel cornerback. He was angry and considered Perry Fewellís schemes inflexible. And for a few months by that point, he was hoping his time as a Giant would soon be over.

ďHe kept telling us he wanted out,Ē Merritt told The Star-Ledger.

We also know that Kenny Phillips did not like the scheme and didn't want to return, even if his knee was not an issue. So there has been plenty of fire around the smoke when we see comments like this from Rolle. If Rolle is firing up his teammates, he might well be doing it similar to how Pepper was able to speak on their behalf, but he's doing it at the expense of Fewell's scheme. - ( New Window )
95cobraguy : 9/24/2013 2:37 pm : link
I was at the game, rolle was just fine considering he's on a defense that has a linebacker corp that wouldn't make the practice squad of the other 31 teams and a pass rush that is non existant. Should everybody follow tucks demeanor that he showed in his post game presser?
Arnie D. : 9/24/2013 2:39 pm : link
I'm talking about Rolle's heart. He lays it all on the line to win. Unlike Fewell who coaches scared and not to lose. And Rolle played out of position the last two years. Apparently that sacrifice has also been forgotten.
I don't think Rolle was calling out the scheme either  
AnotherGiantsFan : 9/24/2013 2:39 pm : link
But it really makes no sense to me what he's doing. The secondary is the least of my worries right now. It's the offensive line, defensive line, and LBers. Rolle can talk his head off until the end of the day ('Trel shoutout), but they aren't stopping anyone if the offense continues 3 and outs every possession.
arcarsenal - you are correct  
nicky43 : 9/24/2013 2:51 pm : link
Especially the drama queens on BBI.

Matt in SGS:
I'm sorry but in no way do I see this as an attack on the schemes or any coach. It was well publicized what Carl Banks said about this team not showing any fight and Banks was correct. That's the topic and that's the theme of what Rolle is addressing. Everybody tries to interpret every sentence to fit their agenda and I clearly pointed out interpretations of Rolle's vow that really had no supporting evidence.

Hey, I don't like Fewell either. But I admit I don't have anything near the information the organization has to judge him so I can't. I don't have near the background on defensive schemes needed to judge the schemes and I don't see the plays with the clarity the coaches have from films while being able to discuss the plays with the actual players making those plays to be able to understand with any type of certainty as to what is going on. And frankly, neither does any other fan.

So many here act as though they could do a better job or at least do a better job at getting the personnel that could do a better job. That's just crazy! Very crazy.
Matt in SGS  
Bubba : 9/24/2013 2:59 pm : link
Pepper also called out Reeves with his NY Broncos remark and was later off the team.
Giantcol22 : 9/24/2013 3:02 pm : link
shows his passion on the field every single Sunday. You can question a lot of things about his play but effort is not one of them. And yes he showed his fire on WFAN as well. I don't see what everyone's problem is with his comments. I'm sick and tired of waiting for guys like Tuck who are supposedly the leaders of this team to step up and I think Rolle is seeing this as an opportunity to take on that responsibility.
One of the only guys on this defense  
kmed : 9/24/2013 3:03 pm : link
that's a great tackler. Rolle has his flaws, but a defense with 11 Rolle types is going to be a great defense. Rolle is one of the few impact players on this defense. He's an emotional guy, a tough SOB, a guy that likes to lead and a guy that usually backs it up. I like Rolle and anyone that thinks he's "average", must watch a different game than I do.
Matt in SGS : 9/24/2013 3:06 pm : link
ok, I see where you are coming from. I just think there is too much documented history with Rolle and Fewell, particularly with the frustration of 3 straight losses to dismiss that we are going to see players going off the script to make plays. Why else would Rolle be concerned about his future with the Giants?


Pepper's beef with Reeves was that he wanted him to replace Carl Banks as strong side OLB. The Giants signed Michael Brooks late in free agency when the Broncos released him and they played him at ILB next to Carlton Bailey. Pepper, in a contract year, felt that he would hurt his free agency chances playing in a role that would keep his productivity down. So he lashed out about it, hence the NJ Broncos thing. His problem with Rust was the scheme and that he was used to attacking with Belichick. His problem with Reeves was his contract.
Rolle doesnt what he asks  
jlukes : 9/24/2013 3:07 pm : link
which means he is rarely in a position to be a playmaker because Fewell doesn't deploy him in such a role.

Good for him for speaking out. The offense sucks, but the defense is uninspiring.
From my experience, when a player talks like this...  
M.S. : 9/24/2013 3:21 pm : link
...the team is even in more trouble than you will ever know. Reminds me of Harry Carson when he went berserk over the losing ways of the Giants in his early years and he threatened to go overseas as a mercenary or something like that. Real crazy shit.
Vow XXXIII from Rolle  
jeff57 : 9/24/2013 3:35 pm : link
Matt in SGS  
nicky43 : 9/24/2013 3:37 pm : link
It's interesting how we interpret things differently. You pointed out that you think Rolle may be talking about going off the script. "Why else would Rolle be concerned about his future with the Giants?"

I didn't read it that way. I'm not saying your interpretation here is wrong but I read it as though he was going to go balls out on the field with some real hard hits maybe bordering illegal hits and thought the concern might be more with the league and suspensions or fines than with the Giants.
the players hate this scheme  
area junc : 9/24/2013 3:41 pm : link
keep in mind tom's #1 priority is everything remains in house so 99% of whats actually going on stays far away from the media. when u actually end up hearing about it from the outside its the tip of an iceburg

the players hate this scheme, kiwi, rolle, phillips among others have come right out and said it at times.

whats happening now started in 2011 when there was a mutiny and rolle almost quit. the players begged perry to take the rookies off the field and simplify - meaning not so many checks based on what the offense is doing.

this D has an endless library of checks on pre-snap movement which relies on everyone knowing the playbook and the NFL in general inside and out. To make all the adjustments on each defensive call, align properly and communicate it seamlessly on the fly is almost impossible. fewell agreed to just run the original call during that last 6 game stretch and the vets were able to stay on the same page and look good. (And they had JPP playing out of his mind.)

of course, PF wasn't going to stick w/that strategy as it was akin to using his scheme on training wheels. nobody in the professional ranks is going to stick w/that, nor should they

but of course, we've gone right back to his usual ways and it shows, the players hate his scheme.
apologies to matt is sgs  
area junc : 9/24/2013 3:47 pm : link
should have read the thread first, u already said it
This defense would be much better  
chrispisano66 : 9/24/2013 3:48 pm : link
with 11 guys like Antrel Rolle.
Excellent stuff  
bignygfan : 9/24/2013 4:11 pm : link
Clearly he means he is done listening to the coaches.

That's a recipe for success in this league for sure.
For the last couple of years  
Matt M. : 9/24/2013 4:17 pm : link
since Rolle's initial slip in an interview, he has been a stellar interview and leader. That's nice talk, but i believe he will back it up. What I am wondering, though, is if this is a veiled snipe at Fewell.

Maybe I am reading too much into this, but when he talks about they can kick me out and I'm going to play the way I know how, etc. it sounds to me like he isn't happy with the scheme or his role or both.
rolle is a very good player  
map7711 : 9/24/2013 5:45 pm : link
Period. Anyone who says otherwise is mistaken
Jerry in DC : 9/24/2013 5:49 pm : link
he said is a bunch of athlete fluff.

Play harder, hate losing, be aggressive.

Compare that quote to any vocal guy on another team that just got destroyed - it's going to be the same thing.
make Rolle the  
spike : 9/24/2013 5:58 pm : link

He's obviously better than fewell
Matt, you're reading too much into it.  
arcarsenal : 9/24/2013 6:07 pm : link
Rolle isn't the type of guy who would think into it enough to take veiled shots at Fewell. He's just a passionate guy and he got really fired up.

What should be evident is that Antrel Rolle HATES losing. Some players lose games and they don't react much. Sure, they don't like it.. they aren't happy.. but Rolle absolutely cannot stand it. It drives him nuts. So when you have a year start this way, the frustration mounts quickly for him and it gets very hard for him to keep his composure. Just like the Week 15 loss to Washington in 2011.. though he isn't handling this quite as poorly.. he gets pretty pissed.

Personally, I love the guy. Is he an all pro safety? Maybe not. But you can never ever say that Rolle is complacent or just wants to cash his check and go home. He genuinely loves the game of football. He loves to compete and he loves to win. He doesn't lose games and just brush it off and forget about it and go on with life the way a lot of other players probably do.

I wish more players were like him. I really do. Rolle could play on my team any day and I'd be thrilled to have him.
reminds me of Carson.. of course Carson is a different player..  
Rsspro : 9/24/2013 8:09 pm : link
and a different story.. and a different situation..

BUT.. when Carson was sick of losing he wanted to be traded off the Giants.. however.. then when he realized he can't control those things and he was staying..

he decided to take out his anger on the field.. to just play football.. to focus everything in just playing his best football every Sunday..

and the rest is history..
Name one guy on this defense  
Doomster : 9/24/2013 8:16 pm : link
that has played "great" this year....

Unfortunately, I think they have dug a hole so deep they can't climb out of.....

While we have had success against Alex Smith in the past, I think the KC defense takes our offense apart and gives Smith a short field...

Plus Andy Reid just seems to have a good game plan against us, when he has the horses....saddle up, it's going to be a bumpy ride....
I love Antrell Rolle's  
JoefromPa : 9/24/2013 8:57 pm : link
passion and commitment to winning. I think it is clear his inference is that he is not being allowed to be as aggressive as he would like to be.

I am also happy that he is willing to put his future on the line to get the attention of those in charge to stop be so dam anal in your approach and let's get this fixed.

He is without a doubt on the Giants best ever FA acquisition.
I'm almost at the point where I say good  
GiantTuff1 : 9/24/2013 9:52 pm : link
I think if we were to get a new coaching staff, it is IMPERATIVE to get a staff that develops a scheme to suit the players strengths.

Clearly Antrel things otherwise.

I feel we're so thickheaded on offense and defense, we're trying to smash a round peg into a square hole constantly.
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