Earlier this week, Giants safety Antrel Rolle said that his teammates on the Giants defense should stop saying positive things about opponents before games because it gets in the way of developing the “nasty attitude” Rolle believes is necessary for a good performance.
Not everyone on the Giants defense agrees with Rolle’s take on things. Defensive end Osi Umenyiora called Saints quarterback Drew Brees “one of the best quarterbacks in the league” ahead of this Sunday’s matchup with New Orleans, a sharp contrast to Rolle’s take that Umenyiora suggested the safety take up with him in private if he’s got a problem with it. Umenyiora also scoffed at the notion that there’s some carryover between pre-game praise and what happens on the field.
“There’s definitely no carryover for that,” Umenyiora said, via the New York Daily News. “I think a lot of times you like to build somebody up only to tear them down. You don’t want to give anybody bulletin-board material. You don’t want to say, ‘Oh, these guys suck’ and then he comes out there and throws for 13 touchdowns on you. So if anything you want to err on the side of caution and say how good he is and then go out there and knock his head off.”
The Giants didn’t have much praise for Redskins running back Alfred Morris (or Steelers running back
Jonathan Dwyer Isaac Redman or several other players who have turned in good games against them this year) before he ran all over them on Monday night, so we’d suggest that any Giants defensive issues go well beyond saying nice things about players on other teams. Given the tightening of the NFC East race, Rolle and company would do well to figure them out as soon as possible.