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Rolle: D needs to shape up, pull its weight

New York Giants free safety Antrel Rolle (26)

New York Giants free safety Antrel Rolle (26) warms up before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks. (Oct. 9, 2011) Credit: AP

Part Two of our four part series on Antrel Rolle’s radio appearance today takes us to the defense that drew the ire of Cris Collinsworth (who drew the ire of Antrel, who …etc., etc.).

Yesterday Tom Coughlin said he had “tremendous, grave concern” about the lack of consistency in the defense. “The thing that I’m most discouraged about and disappointed is when we do have a breakdown in communication or some type of an error that gives up a big play,” Coughlin said. “That should not be happening and we’re continuing to try to eliminate those things.”

Rolle agreed.

“There is a concern, but there isn’t any concern without question whether we can get the job done,” he said in his weekly WFAN spot. “We can get the job done in and out, but everyone has to have focused and every man has to be accountable for their own job. Yes, this is a team. Yes, we all play for each other. But if one person is wrong, that’s going to make 11 people wrong at the end of the day. And that’s what we’ve been having, that’s what we cannot continue to have. In order for us to be the defense that we need to be, in order for us to make it to the postseason, we need to clean that up and we need to clean that up now. Everyone needs to get on the same page and this is a message to myself, this is a message to the coaches, this is a message to anyone who has anything to do with our defense. Everyone needs to get on the same page and clean it up and clean it up right now. Because you know what? There’s no room for error at this point.”

Rolle noted that there are games when they will stop the run, and others where they will be gashed. He noted that there are plays when there are no open receivers, and then others, like the Dez Bryant touchdown, where a target is left wide open.

“That’s called inconsistency,” he said. “You can’t have that as a defense. You can’t have that as a playoff-contending defense. You can’t have that as a Super Bowl contending defense. It’s not going to work that way. Our season will be shut short if we continue to play like that.”

Rolle said the attitude and heart of the team is fine the last few weeks. It’s the actual Xs and Os that need fine-tuning. Of course, that only applies to Rolle’s side of the ball.

“Our offense has been outstanding,” he said. “They’ve been saving us. The defense hasn’t been getting the job done. Which is unacceptable.”

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