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Rolle: TV coverage 'drives me crazy'

New York Giants' Antrel Rolle before the first

New York Giants' Antrel Rolle before the first half of an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants. (Oct. 3, 2010) Credit: AP

Antrel Rolle is cranky about the coverage of his coverage.

When Dallas' Dez Bryant caught a wide-open 50-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter on Sunday night, NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth said that Rolle, the safety on the play, was "barbecued." He also said that the play and others were examples of "amateurish coverage" throughout the game.

Rolle didn't mention Collinsworth by name, but he said he doesn't know what he's talking about.

"It drives me crazy," Rolle said in his weekly WFAN radio spot Tuesday. "I don't care what position it is, commentators always want to point the finger as if they know what they're doing and they know what they're talking about, but in reality they don't half of the time . . . They come out and say, 'Oh, Antrel Rolle got burned.' No, Antrel Rolle didn't get burned. Antrel Rolle was exactly where he was supposed to be. Know what the hell you are talking about."

The play in question was clearly a breakdown by someone. Cornerback Corey Webster was lined up across from Bryant but let him run past as if he was expecting help behind him. Rolle said he was disguising a Cover-2 look before coming up for a Cover-3.

Rolle said he's not concerned what Collinsworth and other analysts think about him, but what they lead viewers to think about him. "It [----] me off because I know what I'm doing, the coaches know what I'm doing, but the people watching on TV, the only thing they know is what the commentators are telling them," Rolle said. "At the end of the day I care what the fans think, I care what people watching this game think, because I take a whole lot of pride in my game."


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