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Antrel Rolle says Giants will win, quickly backs off

New York Giants Antrel Rolle celebrates after they defeated the Green Bay Packers in their NFL NFC Divisional playoff football game in Green Bay Reuters

The New York media had a sour reaction to Tom Brady expressing hope about winning the Super Bowl on Sunday and the Boston media almost got a chance to return fire during Super Bowl Media Day.

Giants safety Antrel Rolle, who hasn’t been shy about expressing himself at any point this season, made a pretty plainspoken statement about who he thought would win the Super Bowl.

“We’re going to win this thing,” Rolle said, via Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger. “We’re going to win this thing for a lot of good reasons.”

It’s nothing new for Rolle, who said some weeks ago that the Giants’ championship quest could not be denied. Before any Beantown writers could take Rolle to task for his Joe Namath impression, he backed off when someone asked him a follow-up question about guaranteeing a win.

“I didn’t say we’re going to win, I said we’re going to go out there and do whatever it takes to win,” Rolle said. “I didn’t guarantee anything.”

There will surely be quibbles with Rolle’s assertion that saying “we’re going to win this thing” does not constitute saying that the Giants were going to win, but the whole furor over players expressing confidence or expectation that they are going to win gets overblown. Rolle, Brady and every other player in this game has every right to feel like they are going to emerge victorious on Sunday. If they should express that in response to a question at Media Day or at a pep rally, so be it because the result of this game isn’t likely to have anything to do with what they say.

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57 Responses to “Antrel Rolle says Giants will win, quickly backs off”
  1. yankeemofo says: Jan 31, 2012 5:40 PM

    “I didn’t say we’re going to win”

    Uh, yea you did!

  2. ingraven says: Jan 31, 2012 5:40 PM

    This guy has the BIGGEST mouth in New York.

  3. jdandcoke says: Jan 31, 2012 5:40 PM

    is it sunday yet? these stories are getting really tiresome.

  4. Kyle Orton's Hangover says: Jan 31, 2012 5:41 PM

    Reading quotes and hearing them live have a night/day interpretation.

  5. rcampore says: Jan 31, 2012 5:42 PM

    oh my god…will this week end already so we can start the game. I saw an interview and read quotes from the interviews with Rolle and no where did he say we are going to win or guarantee anything.

    He said if we do everything right, we think we can win and in another quote he said that they didn’t get on the plane if they didn’t think they could win.

    Another idiot journalist twisting words.

  6. Captain Chaos says: Jan 31, 2012 5:42 PM

    How about a big giant cup of “who gives a F*&$”? Players have to be confident. That is why they are the elite athletes they are. They have to know they are better than whomever they are going up against. Even if they really aren’t. This is the media making something out of nothing.

  7. rc33 says: Jan 31, 2012 5:43 PM

    Vrentas was the buffoon whose question caused Brady to respond “well, it was a pep rally..” the other day.
    Well done.

    Do readers get a free bowl of soup if they subscribe to this newspaper?

  8. gregjenningsbrokenleg says: Jan 31, 2012 5:43 PM

    Oh wow. Imagine that. A player on one side of a competitive game thinks he’s going to win. That’s not trash talk. And this is coming from a Pats fan.

  9. kindbass says: Jan 31, 2012 5:45 PM

    Keep talking, Giants.

  10. smallchou says: Jan 31, 2012 5:46 PM

    Isn’t this the same guy who got torched for a 73-yard TD catch by Vernon Davis after saying the Giants would not be denied against the 49ers? Wonder if the Press should ask the Giants that actually make plays on the field how they feel about Rolle mouthing off.

  11. glennsyank13 says: Jan 31, 2012 5:51 PM

    The one thing worse than the Patriots and their fans are the Giants and their fans. Well and the Vikings of course. Guess you did win then Rolle.

  12. stangz11 says: Jan 31, 2012 5:53 PM

    Keep yapping gentlemen. That New England bulletin board is getting pretty full right about now.

  13. nemyx1 says: Jan 31, 2012 5:58 PM

    This would have been a more newsworthy article if he made the bold statement of, “we’re going to lose” and then stuck to it on Sunday.

  14. ortonwhiskeycrew says: Jan 31, 2012 5:59 PM

    God forbid someone make a statement that they will be successful at what they do.

  15. bozosforall says: Jan 31, 2012 5:59 PM

    kindbass says:
    Jan 31, 2012 5:45 PM
    Keep talking, Giants.

    __
    No one is ever going to outtalk the idiot Pats fan base.

  16. gcsuk says: Jan 31, 2012 6:01 PM

    kindbass says: Jan 31, 2012 5:45 PM

    Keep talking, Giants.
    ——————————————————————-

    No worse than Tom Brady’s “guarantee”. Do you hear Giants fans saying “Keep talking, Patriots.”?

  17. rcampore says: Jan 31, 2012 6:02 PM

    kindbass says: Jan 31, 2012 5:45 PM

    Keep talking, Giants.

    ______________________________

    good one…did you think of that all by yourself?? The Giants are now going to lose because their players think they can win the game.

  18. cakemixa says: Jan 31, 2012 6:02 PM

    Rolle talks more than any other player who regularly gets burnt.

  19. nesuperfan says: Jan 31, 2012 6:08 PM

    ingraven says:Jan 31, 2012 5:40 PM

    This guy has the BIGGEST mouth in New York.
    __________________________________

    Rex Ryan?

  20. tb12eatitbitches says: Jan 31, 2012 6:18 PM

    A lot of talk from a nobody. We’ll see if those gums are flapping after he’s torched by A-Bomb. My guess is yes. Dunk and dunk all the way to #4.

  21. pixelito says: Jan 31, 2012 6:22 PM

    The Giants weren’t denied against the 49ers.
    ;)

  22. gilbridehater says: Jan 31, 2012 6:23 PM

    Ingraven writes: (complete idiot)
    This guy has the BIGGEST mouth in New York.

    Hey, you ever heard of someone named Rex Ryan?

  23. ampats says: Jan 31, 2012 6:24 PM

    Gronk is walking without a limp. I can’t wait to see Rolle get torched the same way VD lit his as– up !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. carlsaganist says: Jan 31, 2012 6:25 PM

    He fits well in New York.

  25. thegonz13 says: Jan 31, 2012 6:26 PM

    Sunday can’t come fast enough. Two weeks of yapping is two weeks too many.

  26. goldrush36 says: Jan 31, 2012 6:30 PM

    This cat called out Vernon Davis before being torched by him too. I don’t really consider it smack talk though unlike most of the season of them running their mouths. He did however make himself look stupid by turning around and saying he didn’t say they were going to win. This crap gets way overblown by the media to begin with though. You call out a player and back it up…. you look brilliant. You call out a guy and he smokes you well you look a fool but life still goes on. Maybe you learn to not run your mouth again. The only thing I have to say on that regarding Rolle is he didn’t learn after 4 years of Vernon burning him twice a year so who knows.

  27. dsigrey says: Jan 31, 2012 6:39 PM

    bozosforall says:
    Jan 31, 2012 5:59 PM
    __
    No one is ever going to outtalk the idiot Pats fan base.

    Funny, I’m only seeing a ton of Giants fans posting comments here. Arrogant Giants fans. “my teams tough, my teams gonna bury yours, blah blah blah…”

  28. goldrush36 says: Jan 31, 2012 6:41 PM

    pixelito says: Jan 31, 2012 6:22 PM

    The Giants weren’t denied against the 49ers.

    ________________________________________

    Very true but Kyle Williams was also your MVP ;) it was a very even fight overall but if not for butterfingers New York is sitting at home. Oh well, you win some you lose some. Good Luck

  29. livingsacrifice86 says: Jan 31, 2012 6:45 PM

    As far as “Bulletin Board Material” goes, if either team is not amped up for a shot at a championship, there’s something wrong with them. I would only have a probably if someone comes out and starts dissin another player from the other team and then guarantees a win.

  30. mornelithe says: Jan 31, 2012 6:51 PM

    Much ado about nothing, I’m a Pats fan, and what Brady, Rolle, and Cruz have said thus far merely constitute a level of confidence in their team. I hold nothing against the Giants with regards to these statements. It’s simply the media using any sound bite they possibly can to create a firestorm, because that’s what they do. They want the most provocative angle they can possible find/create.

    Either way, good luck on Sunday Giants, I’ll be rootin’ for the Pats, but either team has a good shot at this one.

  31. randygnyc says: Jan 31, 2012 6:53 PM

    I bet rolle is the guy who puts gronk in the hospital. I wonder how much the bounty is. 10K?

  32. mornelithe says: Jan 31, 2012 6:55 PM

    @ Gesuk: Get off it, Brady guaranteed nothing, he said ‘hopefully there’ll be more people at the party next week.’ Indicating he hopes he wins. Do not fall for the paper/media slants on anyone’s quotes, watch the actual interview/listen to the entire sound clip.

  33. chaser44 says: Jan 31, 2012 7:00 PM

    You can tell that Giants fans take after this moron or vice versa. The way this guy and their fans talk the pats should not even bother showing up for the game. I say Brady is the last guy you want to give more motivation to and I think he tosses 4-5 td’s pats win 38-31, with eli throwing a crucial pick in the second half.

  34. bigdicebuddha says: Jan 31, 2012 7:08 PM

    Media Day sucks. All it is is a bunch of hack jobs trying to bait players into trash talking for the sake of selling their rags.

    Can we just call it what it is?

  35. situsavaisprier says: Jan 31, 2012 7:20 PM

    Week in and week out as a Giants fan it’s always on my mind what Antrel Rolle will say. I was hoping that he could try to change and be vague with his statements, but continue to feel confident.

    Rolle does have the makings of a leader, but he has things to work on. On the field he’s a very good hitter and tackler, plays the run well, and has made some plays against the pass whether it is defending passes, or good coverage. He can get caught out of position and looking at the QB or backfield, like what happened on Davis’ td. For a former CB he should be better in coverage even though of late he has been decent-solid with exception to that td.

    Off the field he’s always been confident in his teams and himself. That’s very good, but he can also become arrogant and can have too much of a time talking. In Arizona it wasn’t noticed, but in this huge market it sure as hell will and has. He has shown some improvement, but he has work to do. The media views him as someone they can make 5-10 stories about each week. Hopefully he learns soon how to handle the media. It’s really him that’s the talker. There are a couple players every now and then, but Rolle is the main one.

  36. situsavaisprier says: Jan 31, 2012 7:58 PM

    Now for the bulletin board material. I personally think right now it’s BS, especially this year. It’s because the Patriots and Giants have their own things to be motivated about. Both teams are here and many people feel as though none of them belong here.

    For the Patriots all you hear is “Lee Evans dropped the game winner” “Cundiff missed the kick” “Flacco outplayed Brady” “Patriots cheated”. For the Giants all you hear “If Ted Ginn was playing” “Kyle Williams is Giants MVP” “Bradshaw non fumble was bad call” “Giants so lucky”.

    Giants were looked at as a mediocre team, and Patriots are looked as one too. Giants for their record and regular season performance, Patriots because of who they’ve beaten. These two teams have enough to get motivated by. Talking about obtaining bulletin board material from Media Day is simply bull to me. Can’t wait for Sunday.

  37. chiefpatriot says: Jan 31, 2012 9:19 PM

    Yo bozosforall,
    Us the Pats Nation are humbled that our team is in the SB. Unlike the Giants who are playing on house-money and yet, they run their foul mouth. Is Sunday here yet?

  38. hailskins4life says: Jan 31, 2012 9:24 PM

    You have to love Rolle’s constant yapping. How did his prediction about Washington hold up in the second meeting? How did the prediction of Vernon Davis hold up? This guy pulls down the entire Giants D. He is grossly overrated.

  39. nerdyturdy says: Jan 31, 2012 9:26 PM

    Rolle was cool when he was with the Cards. Since going to the Giants he can’t shut up. It comes from leadership; the staff are loudmouths.

  40. bigblaw says: Jan 31, 2012 9:33 PM

    VD has lit up Rolle ? Lol

  41. abninf says: Jan 31, 2012 10:21 PM

    “We’re going to win this thing,” Rolle said

    “I didn’t say we’re going to win,”

    Uhhhhhhhh

  42. jarrman46 says: Jan 31, 2012 10:32 PM

    System Cornerback!!

  43. mychode says: Jan 31, 2012 11:24 PM

    Rolle has the biggest mouth and set of ears in NYC.

  44. eaglesfan94 says: Jan 31, 2012 11:40 PM

    This is ridiculous. What does the media expect him to say? “Nah, I don’t think we’re good enough”. Give me a break.

  45. gwahknows says: Jan 31, 2012 11:42 PM

    Rolle is a classic example of anyone from the state of new york…its the same 30 people on this website leaving the same stupid jargon….giants fan says this…packers fan says that… Go on an espn message board where there isn’t the same bunch of tools repeating nonsense about how matt flynn is better than aaron rodgers or how eli is the best quarterback of all time.

  46. dyims says: Jan 31, 2012 11:48 PM

    I was amazed that someone as intellectually lacking as bozosforall is would call a fan base idiots. He must have a mirror clipped on his monitor to see himself so that he knows of which he types.

  47. j0esixpack says: Jan 31, 2012 11:59 PM

    If the New York media and fans had that big a reaction to Brady saying “Hopefully we’re going to win this thing” – I can’t wait to see how they’re going to crucify Rolle for saying “We’re going to win this thing”

    Go ahead NY – prove yourselves to be hypocrites

  48. gcsuk says: Feb 1, 2012 12:12 AM

    chiefpatriot says: Jan 31, 2012 9:19 PM

    Yo bozosforall,
    Us the Pats Nation are humbled that our team is in the SB. Unlike the Giants who are playing on house-money and yet, they run their foul mouth. Is Sunday here yet?
    ————————————————————–

    Oh yeah. EVERY Pats fan on this site sure seems humble. Please stop with the sanctimonious Bull$#1t.

  49. bbgraf08 says: Feb 1, 2012 1:33 AM

    I’m a Patriots fan, and I think Rolle sometimes says to much.

    That being said–there is nothing wrong with a player speaking confidence that his team will win.

    Side note–this site has this false idea that Patriots and their fans talk too much. Where did this come from? The Patriots themselves never say anything. New England fans are generally pretty reasonable too.

    Even if they weren’t reasonable..it would be understandable with this decade of dominance.

  50. bearsstillsuck says: Feb 1, 2012 3:08 AM

    Giants aka jets.

  51. Always On Slightly Off says: Feb 1, 2012 7:46 AM

    Welcome to Obnoxious Bowl 46

  52. thrillomania says: Feb 1, 2012 8:28 AM

    HAHAHA Giants fans are so sensitive. They act so confident but are really so insecure. Probably not their fault though, they do have the worst media in the country.

    Isn’t Rolle the same guy who, after they lost to Washington, said they would win 95 out of a 100 time they played them, then changed it to 99 out of 100, then they lost to Washington again?

  53. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:37 AM

    dsigrey says:
    Jan 31, 2012 6:39 PM
    bozosforall says:
    Jan 31, 2012 5:59 PM
    __
    No one is ever going to outtalk the idiot Pats fan base.

    Funny, I’m only seeing a ton of Giants fans posting comments here. Arrogant Giants fans. “my teams tough, my teams gonna bury yours, blah blah blah…”

    ———-

    We see much more Patriots talk. You’re imagining things. Knock it off.

  54. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:39 AM

    bbgraf08 says:
    Feb 1, 2012 1:33 AM
    I’m a Patriots fan, and I think Rolle sometimes says to much.

    That being said–there is nothing wrong with a player speaking confidence that his team will win.

    Side note–this site has this false idea that Patriots and their fans talk too much. Where did this come from? The Patriots themselves never say anything. New England fans are generally pretty reasonable too.

    Even if they weren’t reasonable..it would be understandable with this decade of dominance.

    ———–
    Pretty reasonable? Yeahhhhh if you’re just as bad as they are.

    And with *** galore, there’s no reason to be insufferable.

  55. blu4l1fe says: Feb 1, 2012 10:02 AM

    I wish we didn’t have to hear from Rolle but sadly, this is all part of the game. I like his confidence but not his lack of humility. I would definitely love to have someone with his kind of confidence in my team. But as a Giants fan, it has gotten tired. I am not excusing him by any means, on the contrary, I wish he would really take after his coach and QB, in the manner on how they speak to the media. What are you going to do?

    Speaking of taking after, why are we still hearing from 9ers fans, especially regarding anything to do with the Super Bowl? The article, if I am not mistaken, is about Rolle “rolleing” his mouth again. It didn’t mention anything remotely having to do with the 9ers or how they lost in the playoffs.

    I don’t really know who’s worse, Rolle, who seem to not know what to say and when to say it, or 9ers fans still crying about Williams fumbles or Ginn not playing or, even worse, the so-called non-fumble. Get over it already, it’s been weeks. I guess the fan base, and I am not saying all of them, are taking after their coach when it comes to their attitude and sportsmanship.

    Arrogant when you win (see Detroit vs SF) and you whine when you lose.

    GO BIG BLUE!!!

  56. gingerkid2000 says: Feb 1, 2012 10:14 AM

    Sound like someone is a still a little erked about only 125 people showing up for their pep rally.

  57. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 1, 2012 12:04 PM

    smallchou says:
    Jan 31, 2012 5:46 PM
    Isn’t this the same guy who got torched for a 73-yard TD catch by Vernon Davis after saying the Giants would not be denied against the 49ers? Wonder if the Press should ask the Giants that actually make plays on the field how they feel about Rolle mouthing off.

    ————-

    Time for me to post the Jim Mora “You think you know, but you really don’t know” speech, I see. Even AIkman, who should know better — and hinted at it partially — should know that he wasn’t BURNED by Davis, he got caught with his eyes on Smith.

    Burned is when you’re playing MAN and get beat horribly. He had deep help, Rolle wasn’t burned, he just got caught flat footed looking into the backfield.

    And how what he said (didn’t actually say) has anything to do with the Patriots is beyond me.

    Outta town clowns (and Giants fans who complain about Rolle “talking too much,” despite co-hosting a radio show???) who feed their fanatical belief that what a player says somehow affects THEM as fans AND the outcome of the game are worse than any player who brags…

    … or in this case, never did.

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