Antrel Rolle spoke glowingly this week about Tom Coughlin and how he has come around and changed the way he views his coaching style. But he also spoke about how he's changed his own playing style and credited veteran safety Deon Grant for that.
"Deon sat me down and we had a long conversation," Rolle said. "He was like, 'Bro, I understand what you're trying to do, I appreciate what you're trying to do, but be you. Let your play do the talking for you' . . . Honestly I think that's the best advice I could have ever gotten from any player. I felt like I was myself [against the Cowboys]. I felt like I was myself last week against the Jets. I told him, 'I owe you.' And I do."
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Rolle said it was the talk with Grant that really got him to relax. The result was plays like the interception last Sunday when he baited Tony Romo into throwing to Jason Witten and then stepped in front of the pass.
"I was trying to do too much, trying to get everyone lined up, trying to call out routes in the middle of the play, just trying to do too much," Rolle said. "This team got it. I was only doing it because I saw something special. I still see something special." Tuck backs off a bit
Turns out Justin Tuck doesn't think the Falcons' offensive linemen are dirtbags. But apparently he knows people who do.
"I said that they had the reputation," Tuck explained on ESPN's "NFL32" Tuesday, backtracking just a bit from his incendiary comments a day earlier. "Never did Justin Tuck say that the Atlanta Falcons' offensive linemen are dirt bags. I said, 'Most people would say that.' "
"With that being said, it's football," Tuck added. "Those guys, they play to the end of the whistle . . . We've got our work cut out for us."
The Giants have the No. 4 seed in the playoffs. Since the restructured format in 1990, no No. 4 seed from the NFC has won a Super Bowl and only one has reached the game. While teams with that perch are 15-4 in wild-card games, they are 1-14 in the divisional round. Naturally they often face the No. 1 seed in those divisional games . . . The Giants' 89.2 rushing yards per game was last in the NFL, the first time they finished last in the league since 1953 . . . Eli Manning was the first NFL quarterback to throw at least four touchdown passes of 72 yards or more since Kurt Warner had six for the Rams in 2000. He was the first Giants quarterback to do it since Earl Morrall threw four in 1965.