Antrel Rolle wasted no time in putting Sunday’s catastrophic collapse against Philadelphia behind him. When reporters asked him if he believed the 9-5 Giants would clinch a playoff spot in Green Bay this week, his answer was an unequivocal “I don’t think. I know it. I don’t think it, I know it. I know it’s going to happen this weekend.”
Consider that a guarantee. But consider, too, that Rolle says a lot of things. This was only the latest of Rolle’s greatest hits of his first season with the Giants.
Some of the others:
* On the supposed stranglehold Tom Coughlin and his staff had on the players that led to the 38-14 loss in Indianapolis: “Things have got to change. If you want a team that has a competitive attitude and to have that dog mentality, sometimes you have to let that team be a dog. Everything can‘t be controlled. And right now everything is controlled within this organization. Everything is controlled.”
* The timetable the night of that loss: “Getting to the locker room three hours and 15 minutes before the game, I’ve never done that. I’ve never heard of that. Two hours before gametime is more than enough to get what you need to get done. Getting there that early is almost unheard of.”
* On whether Tom Coughlin had lost his team after the Titans goaded the Giants into several personal fouls that cost the Giants a second straight loss in Week 3: “Is Tom Coughlin the right man for the job? Absolutely. He’s a great coach. The coach cannot go out there and make us keep our heads when we get in heated situations.”
* The depth at safety upon his free-agent arrival in April: “The best in the league, hands down. The sky’s the limit for us.