Antrel Rolle’s first season with the Giants has been marked by strong play on the field and bold statements off of it.
The latter was in evidence again on Monday when Rolle addressed the media in the wake of Sunday’s epic fourth quarter collapse against the Eagles. Rolle was asked whether he thought the Giants would still make the playoffs this season and Tom Rock of Newsday lets us know that he was more than willing to take the bait.
“I don’t think it, I know it,” Rolle said. “That’s because that’s what going to happen. I know it’s going to happen this weekend. I have no doubt. I said it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen.”
Rolle could have just settled for guaranteeing the team a spot in the postseason, but went the extra mile by letting the Packers know that there’s no reason for them to show up and give their best effort this Sunday. If the Giants beat the Packers this weekend, they are in the playoffs regardless of what happens in Week 17. If they lose, however, they’ll need help from either the Packers or the Bears to find a way to continue their season during Wild Card weekend.
On the one hand, the only way for the Giants to get Sunday’s disaster behind them is to focus on what’s next and remind themselves that there’s still plenty worth fighting for in the next two weeks. It’s a positive for the Giants that their confidence wasn’t totally shattered by the Eagles. On the other hand, you probably want to avoid giving your opponent too much fuel for the bulletin board when they’re fighting for their own playoff lives on their home field. We’ll find out soon enough, but it’s a safe bet that Rolle and company are thrilled that Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson can’t do anything else to hurt them during the regular season.