Of course, none of these Antrel Rolle comments will mean anything if the Giants lose to the Redskins. Back in September, after the Giants lost the opener in Washington, Rolle was on his weekly WFAN spot and had this to say about the division rival:
“We, as a team and as an organization, we know that the Washington Redskins (are) not a better than us,” Rolle said yesterday in his weekly radio spot on WFAN. “We know that hands down. If we played them 100 times, they might win five.”
Today he was asked about that comment, and he misremembered it a little. Unlike some athletes, though, he misremembered in the direction of being even more assertive.
“I said 99,” he noted. (He didn’t, but OK, we'll go with 99.)
“I don’t plan on losing to the Redskins,” he said. “I’m not guaranteeing a victory, I’m not doing any of that. We have to go out there and play the game on Sunday. But I’m very very confident in this team and I’m very very confident we’re going to go out there and get the job done. We just have to go out there and bring it, bring in the way the New York Giants know how to bring it.”
The Giants aren’t always mentally prepared to face teams they should beat. Just look at the home losses to the Seahawks and the Eagles. That won’t be a problem against the Redskins, Rolle said.
“We will be ready,” he said. “That’s all I can say about that. We have to be ready. We have to win out. There’s no easier way to put it. Point blank. We have to win out. Bar none. That’s it.”
Rolle’s confidence is high, but it has been for the last few weeks.
“Until someone proves me otherwise, my confidence will continue to grow,” he said. “I don’t give a damn what anyone says, I know how good we are. We have to go out there and put it together and put it on film. Once we do that, heh, everybody better watch out. And I do mean everybody.”
I think he’s talking to you there, Cris Collinsworth!