Giants looking for a win, O-D rift is forgotten
Antrel Rolle didn’t want to hear anything about the rift between
the New York Giants’ offense and defense.
Three days after the so-called schism was the biggest thing to
come out of the Giants-Seattle Seahawks game this past weekend,
Rolle didn’t want to have anything to do with it.
When the question about controversy arose, the safety and
defensive co-captain shut it down quickly.
Rolle’s focus, and that of most of his teammates, was playing a
better game on Sunday against the Detroit Lions (7-7).
”I think you are playing for pride each and every week no
matter what is at stake,” Rolle said Wednesday. ”We are all men,
we are all competitors. We play the game because we love it and no
one likes to lose.”
Rolle wasn’t so kind Sunday after a no-show effort by the
Giants’ offense in a 23-0 loss to the Seahawks. He questioned the
offensive players’ heart, passion and whether they had a pulse.
The issue was forgotten by Wednesday, at least according to
defensive end Justin Tuck.
When asked if the players had cleaned the air, he quipped that
he thought the recent snow had cleared the air, noting the flakes
”Honestly I don’t think we even had to,” Tuck said when
pressed. ”I don’t think it was that much of a big deal.”
The Lions need to win to keep their playoff hopes alive. The
Giants (5-9) need to win to restore some pride and to start feeling
good about themselves after missing the playoffs for the fourth
time in five seasons. New York has lost three of its last four
games after putting together a four-game winning streak following a
”I’m not thinking we need a win, we just want one, period,”
defensive tackle Mike Patterson said. ”We don’t want to out saying
our record is this or that and say let’s forget it. We want to go
out there and win. We want to go out there and compete.”
With two games left in the season, the Giants, especially the
veterans, know this isn’t the time to mail it in. Coaches and front
office personal are looking to see who plays hard in meaningless
”That is important,” safety Ryan Mundy said. ”Our film is our
living, breathing resume. Every time we step on the field it is
documented and that is noted by everyone on this team and in the
league. Whenever you step on the field you want to give your
The defense also realizes that the Lions have the capability to
embarrass them if players like receiver Calvin Johnson, quarterback
Matthew Stafford and running back Reggie Bush get loose.
Mundy also said the Giants are not worried about how their
offense plays a week after it was limited to 181 total yards by
”We need a W,” Mundy said. ”We can’t control what goes on in
any other facet of the game. We have to focus on our performance
defensively. Hopefully, we can get in sync as a team, offense,
defense, special teams, helping each other out. That’s how you win
ballgames in this league. You have to be clocking on all cylinders.
It can’t just be offense is playing well this week, special teams
is so-so and the defense is trash.”
That consistency has been lacking all season.
NOTES: Injuries kept 10 players from practicing Wednesday, the
most notable being receiver Victor Cruz (concussion, sprained
knee). Cruz is two yards shy of his third 1,000-yard season in
receiving yards, but it does not look like he will play this week.
Also not working were starting guards David Diehl (knee) and James
Brewer (ankle); RB Peyton Hillis (concussion), DT Cullen Jenkins
(shin/quad), WR-KOR Jerrel Jernigan (knee), DE Jason Pierre-Paul
(shoulder), S Cooper Taylor (hamstring) and CBs Trumaine McBride
(groin) and Terrell Thomas (knee).
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