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Antrel Rolle: We’re lacking enthusiasm right now

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The Giants have lost their first two games of the season, something that many would attribute to their offense turning the ball over 10 times against the Cowboys and Broncos.

Safety Antrel Rolle doesn’t think a firm grasp on the ball is the only thing missing right now, however. Rolle believes there’s a lack of the necessary “passion and energy” on the roster that he believes would have helped them navigate through rough patches over the last two weeks.

“We have a lack of excitement on the sideline,” Rolle said, via CBS New York. “When I look up and down the sidelines, sometimes we’re in it and sometimes we’re not. I don’t know what the reason is for that. This is a game we love to play. I think [getting that excitement back] is going to take care of a lot, just playing with that extra enthusiasm.”

An uptick in enthusiasm couldn’t hurt, but looking for excitement on the sideline to lead the team to better play is a bit like asking the tail to wag the dog. The Giants have no running game right now and their defense didn’t generate any pass rush at all against the Broncos, two things that help explain their poor start more tangibly than the team’s excitement level. If those things change, so will the atmosphere on the sideline.

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16 Responses to “Antrel Rolle: We’re lacking enthusiasm right now”
  1. wtfchiefs says: Sep 17, 2013 10:24 AM

    There’s only one solution then.

    Cheerleaders. Lots and lots of cheerleaders.

  2. nananatman says: Sep 17, 2013 10:35 AM

    Maybe you live in New York and party too much on Saturday night. Whatever statistics you guys throw down against the Panthers will be a mirage because the Panthers are that bad. If you can’t get enthused by 6 figure contracts, 800,000 is more money than a lot of people will see in 20 years of working than you have problems that aren’t football related. You people want to be seen as Hero types and get treated with majesty? Damn well better earn it.

  3. tombradyswig says: Sep 17, 2013 10:39 AM

    That super bowl clock is ticking, hanging on your locker room wall!!
    LOL

  4. scaredhitless says: Sep 17, 2013 10:44 AM

    You’re also lacking a running game, a QB that won’t throw dumb passes and an offensive coordinator with stones.

  5. woodrree7 says: Sep 17, 2013 10:44 AM

    enthusiasm? I don’t believe its enthusiasm that your lacking. I think its “hands” and you just plain S-U-C-K!!

  6. cwill99 says: Sep 17, 2013 10:56 AM

    As a die hard Giants fan I’m getting tired of this excuse and nonsense evey year. I love Coughlin, but if he doesn’t want to get rid of Gilbride and Fewell (like I wanted done last year), than maybe it’s time for a new era.

  7. nfloracle says: Sep 17, 2013 10:57 AM

    Does this mean the Panthers have a chance of actually winning a game?

    Nah, that’s too much to hope for here in Charlotte.

  8. jpherling says: Sep 17, 2013 11:07 AM

    When are they planning on being enthusiastic? After the season?

  9. DonRSD says: Sep 17, 2013 12:21 PM

    Damn you Fewell.
    Where is the BUMP coverage for the DBs!!??
    You kep playing that nonsense zone crap & allwoing every WR a free release. Thus 2nd & 2 or 3 are always happening.

    Help out the dline & bump the WRs….make that QB hold the ball for an extra 1/2 second.

    #BringBackSpags

  10. jintzforever says: Sep 17, 2013 5:25 PM

    As much as I like gramps Coughlin, and having won us two SB’s, its time for a regime change. Every year it’s the same boneheaded, uninspired team. Overrated, lazy, not sure what but we suck.

    And Eli really sucks.

  11. bookofelisha10 says: Sep 17, 2013 6:18 PM

    its not time for a HC change..its time for a Killdrive (god i been saying this for the last 5 years) and fewell change (1year).

    killdrive cant get us in the endzone to save his life. if we dont get a bomb for a Td we either punt, throw a int or kick a field goal.. anytime giants get inside the 20 i just say bring out brown on 1st down to kick a FG why risk injury trying to get 7 on 2nd n 3rd down when it wont happen

    but i do agree with the lack of passion for the past 4-5 years. i think Eli the offense and the D have heard everything in the world coughlin has to say and company and their just bored with the same routine/speeches/ techniques to get them motivated. but i think a few coaching staff could help..outside of firing coughlin.

  12. lt1976 says: Sep 17, 2013 7:05 PM

    I think we should all relax and see what happens down the road. I´m angry about the two losses too, and Elis dumbhead throws drive me crazy, but this is far from being over.

    If there´s a team, that has proven, it can suddenly turn it on, it´s the Giants.

    Not giving up hope just yet.

  13. nygrwy says: Sep 17, 2013 10:04 PM

    Giants fan here

    How are you going to be enthusiastic when Eli throws a pick every quarter so far this season?

    I swear 2005 Eli always shows up at some point during every season.

  14. nygrwy says: Sep 17, 2013 10:05 PM

    I would like a head coach change. Love you TC and everything that you have done but I think some new blood will do this team well.

  15. n0hopeleft says: Sep 18, 2013 8:10 AM

    Wait so the Giants lost to their NFC East rival, and to the best team in the NFL, and it’s time to fire people, call them out for too much partying, and say the Giants suck?

    Their defensive leader called them out in the media to wake people up – due to the B.S. talk about “last time we went 0-2, we won the……”

    There is no issue here. The Giants will be in the running for the playoffs in week 13, as usual, over the last decade. It’s because of Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning that we are a winning franchise….

  16. nyfootballsuperbowlchamps says: Sep 18, 2013 3:04 PM

    No issue here ? Did u have 2 work the last 2 Sundays n miss both games ? This is an embarassment across the board. Coughlin allows Killdrive to do what he does best so he’s responsable n our Defense has been bad 4 a few years so Jerry Reese get s the blame there…as far as Eli…he’s been ok but Very Lucky over the years…Without our great wide receivers he’d be a BUST ! And lately he’s played like a Bust…Don’t care how many yards he passes 4 ….Interceptions are un-exceptable @ this rate ! Never should of let Bradsaw go…He was the Heart n sole of our team!! Wake up people…We are in trouble…

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