Giants safety Antrel Rolle is not a man easily dissuaded from an opinion.
Rolle believes the 2013 Giants are a good team. He believed it when they were 0-4, saying that he thought the team would run off 12 straight wins to finish the regular season. He was proven wrong in emphatic fashion over the last two weeks, but that’s done nothing to make him downgrade his expectations for the team. Rolle said Tuesday that the Giants “can go out there and blow teams out” and called for them to start doing it next Monday against the Vikings.
“This is my fourth year being a part of the Giants and what we do is we lead,” Rolle said on WFAN, via the New York Daily News. “Let’s not let that be our mindset that we have to hang in there for dear life at the end of every game and make it so close. Go out there and you blow their ass out early. Put them in a panic mode. Put their backs up against the wall.”
With the exception of last Thursday night, the Giants haven’t been hanging on for dear life at the end of any games because the result was pretty well in hand before the final minutes so just getting that first win should be the thing regardless of style points. That doesn’t mean that Rolle shouldn’t be looking for ways to convince doubting teammates that there’s still things worth playing for this season, but talking blowouts before you have wins is putting the cart way before the horse.
Despite what he said on Tuesday and in the past, Rolle seems to agree. He said at another point in the interview that talk is cheap and that the Giants have to “go out there and play the game,” advice that’s worth a shot with little else working for the team this season.