Antrel Rolle is in the business of defending opponents. Today he had to defend teammates.
The Giants’ safety, appearing in his weekly WFAN spot, was asked about comments by Michael Strahan and most recently Antonio Pierce that questioned Justin Tuck’s toughness and him not being on the field with his injuries. For good measure, Pierce threw Brandon Jacobs into the mix as well.
Here’s what Rolle had to say:
“I’m not fully aware of the degree of Tuck’s injury. I’ve never been the kind of player to comment on anyone’s injury and I don’t feel that it’s Antonio Pierce’s place or Michael Strahan’s place to talk about someone’s injuries. It’s up to the doctors, it’s up to the team and it’s up to the person at the end of the day.
“Brandon Jacobs, I saw his knee first-hand and I don’t see how he could have played. His knee was the size of a volleyball with the fluid in it, so there was no way he could play. I never question any of my teammates’ toughness. At the end of the day, we’re all here for the same goal, which is to go out there and compete. If any of us were healthy enough to compete there’s no doubt in my mind he would be out there on the field with us …. If they can play, they will.”
Rolle also addressed other topics, such as the defensive performance against the Seahawks.
“We definitely didn’t play one of our better games,” he said. “But at the same time it’s a learning experience.”
Rolle was disappointed by the start of the game as much as the end of it.
“We need to come out and strike first, we need to strike first and play with a little more attitude, a little more passion,” he said. “I felt like the initial strike wasn’t there.”
The Seahawks took the lead for good on a play in which Rolle and Aaron Ross both jumped to cover the same receiver, letting Doug Baldwin go free down the field for a touchdown. Rolle said he swears he heard a whistle on the play when Osi Umenyiora jumped offsides, but he said that’s not an excuse. The miscommunication was the problem.
“Our eyes just saw two different things,” Rolle said.