Now that the Giants have their dog, Antrel Rolle says it’s not going back on the leash.
The Giants’ safety who last week sparked the team to be nastier and then backed up those words with strong play against the Saints on Sunday, was back on the radio for his weekly WFAN spot on Tuesday. Rolle said that the Giants have not intention of letting up after finding their ferocity.
“We have our foot on the pedal now and we're not going to let it off,” he said of the team’s attitude as they prepare to face the 11-2 Falcons in Atlanta this Sunday. “The dogs will be out hunting come Sunday.”
Rolle said that when he spoke last week, disappointed in the way the Giants fawned over upcoming opponents and calling on the team to be nastier, he was directing those comments towards the whole team – including himself.
“I just said I could be playing more physical, more dominant as a player,” Rolle said this week. He wound up with a hand in three of the Giants’ turnovers and was part of a key tackle for a loss on a third-and-1 from the Giants’ 6 that held the Saints to an early field goal.
He and the Giants responded to that call.
“It was a challenge and we rose to the occasion,” Mathias Kiwanuka said after the 52-27 win over the Saints. “Antrel’s words are usually pretty much right on target and he wasn’t off this week either. We had a little extra motivation because we knew one of our brothers was, not calling us out, but challenging us to step up. I think everyone took that to heart.”