Antrel Rolle is new to New York, as you may remember from his tangle with fans over the etiquette of booing a few weeks back. So he’s probably not very well versed in the lore of guarantees, from Namath to Messier to Fassel … and even those that didn’t work out like Ewing.
That hasn’t stopped him from making his own definitive statement about what will happen. Asked if he thinks the Giants will make the playoffs, Rolle offered no doubt about it.
“I don’t think it, I know it,” Rolle said. “That’s because that’s what going to happen. I know it’s going to happen this weekend. I have no doubt. I said it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen.”
The Giants are in a win-and-in situation against the Packers on Sunday. They cannot be eliminated from playoff contention until Week 17. If the Bears lose to the Vikings tonight, that would open other opportunities for them to get in. But the easiest, most efficient route in is to beat the Packers.
“The way it bounced is that we’re still right where we need to be,” Rolle said. “All we need is to get into the playoffs. That’s it. Everything else after that will take care of itself.”
The 2007 Giants knew that. And Rolle referenced his own history, like the Cardinals team that went 9-7 a year later and made the playoffs. “We ended up losing the Super Bowl by a split second,” he said of the loss to the Steelers.
“All we need is to get in and we will get in and we’ll move forward when that time comes,” Rolle said.