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Antrel Rolle says Giants defense isn’t scared of Peyton Manning

Antrel Rolle AP

The Giants defense was put in bad positions all night on Sunday by the offense’s inability to stop handing the ball to the Cowboys, but the unit stopped Dallas from running away with the game and gave the Giants a chance to win until the sixth turnover of the night iced the game for Dallas.

It wasn’t a perfect performance, but it was enough to leave safety Antrel Rolle feeling confident about the defense’s chances of thwarting the offense they’ll face in Week Two. That offense belongs to the Broncos and is led by quarterback Peyton Manning, who was last seen throwing an NFL single-game record seven touchdown passes against the Ravens last Thursday night. Rolle acknowledges Manning’s greatness, but says the Giants defense won’t play with any fear.

“Peyton Manning is Peyton Manning, definitely one of the best quarterbacks to play this game,” Rolle said, via the New York Daily News. “Hall of Fame quarterback, but I don’t see all of that come Sunday. We go out there and play ball. We play against him as we play any other quarterback. This is no time for fear and no one on the defense is going to fear Peyton because we’re going to go after him as we do any other quarterback.”

Rolle said the key to slowing Manning would be making him uncomfortable, which means hitting him early and often because Manning, according to Rolle, “does not like to be hit.” It’s a sound game plan that the Giants have used to throw quarterbacks off their game in the past, but many have tried to do it to Manning without succeeding.

Since few teams can pull that off and few, if any, can ever truly stop a Manning-led offense, the Giants’ own offense is going to have to play a role. Turning the ball over and giving Peyton extra chances would be asking for a loss, so that needs to get under control if the team wants to avoid a two-game losing streak to start the year.

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35 Responses to “Antrel Rolle says Giants defense isn’t scared of Peyton Manning”
  1. floratiotime says: Sep 10, 2013 9:08 AM

    No. Course not. They’re resigned to losing, so the fear is gone. Like after you fail a test.

  2. sullijo1 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:18 AM

    In related news, the Broncos are going about their business and preparing for the game.

  3. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Sep 10, 2013 9:20 AM

    “You will be. You…will…be.”

  4. dallassux says: Sep 10, 2013 9:25 AM

    Oh here he goes again. Amazing

  5. calmdownsir says: Sep 10, 2013 9:29 AM

    Giants have Past Super Bowl Winner’s Disease: “Everything we say or do is golden and wise.” Meanwhile the emporer has no clothes.

  6. polegojim says: Sep 10, 2013 9:32 AM

    I guess I partially agree… after Sunday’s game against Dallas… the Giants defense should be more afraid of… their own internal implosion.

    I’d suggest improving that before talking about Peyton.

  7. trollhammer20 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:43 AM

    When your own offense is handing if over six times, the other team’s QB may not be the worst enemy the defense has…

  8. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 10, 2013 9:46 AM

    They shouldn’t be scared of him. They should be in awe of him.

  9. sschmiggles says: Sep 10, 2013 9:53 AM

    Since few teams can pull that off and few, if any, can ever truly stop a Manning-led offense
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    Unless it’s in the playoffs

  10. kyannalashae says: Sep 10, 2013 9:55 AM

    ”Rolle said the key to slowing Manning would be making him uncomfortable, which means hitting him early and often because Manning, according to Rolle, “does not like to be hit.” It’s a sound game plan that the Giants have used to throw quarterbacks off their game in the past, but many have tried to do it to Manning without succeeding.”

    Isn’t this the sort of quote that got Jim Harbaugh’s panties in a bunch when Clay Matthews said it?

    according to Harbaugh this would be player targeting, of course only if it involved pencil neck Colin Kaepernick.

  11. dccowboy says: Sep 10, 2013 9:56 AM

    Didn’t Rolle say last week that there was ‘no way’ Witten would catch 11 passes and hurt the Giants?

    LOL, well, he was right, Witten ‘only’ caught 8, but two were TDs.

    The Giants didn’t get all that much pressure on Romo and the Broncos O line is better than the Cowboys (which has gone from awful last season to about average).

  12. dragonflypack says: Sep 10, 2013 10:02 AM

    I am sooooo sick of hearing “he’s a future hall of famer”….. stop that. It sucks.

  13. ccjcsr says: Sep 10, 2013 10:11 AM

    A lot of talk for a safety that wasn’t even heard of in the Cowboys game. Must have taken over from Brandon Jacobs when he was there as the Mouth of the organization!

    #0-1

  14. shogunassasin30 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:17 AM

    When you go out of your way to reinforce something such as: “er uh, oh yeah! I ain’t scared of him shiiiyiiiT!” That means you’re scared.

  15. scottman86 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:17 AM

    Don’t blink, antrel, or you’ll be down 6 touchdowns at halftime. Peyton > tony romo.

  16. Grulks says: Sep 10, 2013 10:21 AM

    Antrel, you couldnt stop Dallas, despite cancelling out Dez Bryant, and smashing Romo’s ribs, but you’re not afraid of Peyton Manning??!

    Look, as a Dallas fan, I respect the hell out of the Giants D. Giants played remarkably well, esp given all the injuries they had. But what you’re saying is akin to: I survived getting stung by a nest of bees, bring on the biggest paper wasps nest!

  17. vader7176 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:23 AM

    Is he crazy? There’s enough motivating #18 with sibling rivalry. Now you’re gonna throw down the gauntlet on a guy who just torched the Ravens?

  18. scaredhitless says: Sep 10, 2013 10:41 AM

    I think he meant to say if they played Peyton in the Superbowl in 2014.

    Peyton Manning + Cold Weather + Playoffs = Loss

  19. BringBackTheFlex says: Sep 10, 2013 10:42 AM

    Rolle wasn’t scared of Witten either.

  20. CKL says: Sep 10, 2013 10:43 AM

    Gook luck trying to hit PM. I hate the guy but he seldom gets hit because he knows exactly where the ball is going by the time it’s snapped so he usually gets rid of it quickly.

  21. slamtrackslikeqbsacksfromlt says: Sep 10, 2013 10:43 AM

    Giants win if they can consistently pressure Peyton with a 4 man rush. You wanna try to refrain from blitzing because those players are valuable in coverage, but you cant give him time in the pocket either. The d-line needs to apply pressure. This ones on you JPP and Tuck. As for interior linemen, the DT’s dont have to shoot gaps, but if they can push the o-line back so Peyton cant step up in the pocket, thats just as good. Point being, this game is dependent on the giants front four. Peyton is amazing at exploiting blitz packages. You gotta do it with 4.

  22. kev86 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:45 AM

    What did he say that would bother anyone?

  23. kev86 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:48 AM

    Rolle has been awesome the the G-Men. Great sign by Reese. Rolle wants another ring. GO GIANTS!

  24. cliverush says: Sep 10, 2013 11:01 AM

    Peyton can carve up any defense in the league with the exception of only two or three. The Giants are not one of the those select few. Good luck to the G-men against the Bronc’s but challenging Manning openly is not a bright idea.

  25. davikes says: Sep 10, 2013 11:08 AM

    Anytime someone says they are “not scared of” some other team, you know they are.

  26. beedubyatoo says: Sep 10, 2013 11:19 AM

    Who the Giants should be afraid of is Eli Manning after Sunday night.

  27. bigbluelou says: Sep 10, 2013 11:33 AM

    Rolle always talks since he’s been here. You can’t believe him or take it with a grain of salt. It’s their home opener and you would think they would want to go out a play a good game. But if they can’t pass rush Peyton then they are done. Romo had time too. They got to him sometimes but you can’t give Peyton that much time. And it pains me to say this but that is why the Giants will be 0-2. But will be 2-2 at month’s end.

  28. salutethis says: Sep 10, 2013 12:31 PM

    If Denver Wins Great, But Denver Beat Baltimore And Shut Up Those Obnoxious Fans… Your Welcome Rest Of The League!!!

  29. richndc says: Sep 10, 2013 12:37 PM

    Maybe you should shut up and try to play ball–intimidating QBs is not your forte. Coughlin was quoted as saying “if you hit him 10, you win”, speaking on Romo. Well, you hit him more than ten times and lost–best to keep quiet and show it on the field. Make plays when it counts and tell your wideout don’t dance like idiots when they score and are still down double digits, it’s embarrassing, even for the other teams fans–better yet, maybe you are in some kind of “who’s the biggest jackass in NJ?” contest with the Jets, so keep it up. I saw where Wilkerson all but guaranteed they would beat the Pats. Maybe Peyton will hang a 50 burger on your ‘scary’ defense. lol.

  30. richndc says: Sep 10, 2013 12:42 PM

    let’s not forget one thing about Sunday night–if Dallas could have got their offense going in the early part of the game (let’s face it, it was not the Giants stopping them, more of them shooting themselves in the foot) this game could have been a colossal blowout–be thankful they are still working out the O-line protections and had the usual ill-timed penalties, it could have been REAL ugly Rolle.

  31. greymares says: Sep 10, 2013 1:42 PM

    Whistling past the grave yard ?

  32. axespray says: Sep 10, 2013 2:02 PM

    Didn’t Antrel say the same thing before that 45-17 game against the Packers back in 09 or 2010?

  33. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:28 PM

    dccowboy says: Sep 10, 2013 9:56 AM

    Didn’t Rolle say last week that there was ‘no way’ Witten would catch 11 passes and hurt the Giants?

    LOL, well, he was right, Witten ‘only’ caught 8, but two were TDs.

    The Giants didn’t get all that much pressure on Romo and the Broncos O line is better than the Cowboys (which has gone from awful last season to about average).
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    Talk next week after the Chiefs shut all that down, just like after your Super Bowl win Week 1 last year.

  34. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 10, 2013 3:20 PM

    axespray says: Sep 10, 2013 2:02 PM

    Didn’t Antrel say the same thing before that 45-17 game against the Packers back in 09 or 2010?
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    Yes, just as he did as we have OWNED Green Bay the last three times we’ve faced them. I can do that also, kid.

  35. provguard says: Sep 10, 2013 6:07 PM

    Last week you lose to Romo, regardless and this week you think you should be talking???

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