Rolle: Giants Better Than Jets; Coughlin ‘Too Uptight’
NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Giants safety Antrel Rolle is at it again.
While New York’s outspoken defensive back softened the blow by calling Tom Coughlin a “very caring, honest guy” on Monday, he also delivered strong criticism for the Giants’ “uptight” head coach.
“That’s where the problem comes with me, as a coach. When you’re talking about the coaching side of things, do I feel like things are a little too uptight? Yeah, I do,” Rolle told WQAM’s Sid Rosenberg. “If he just loosened up just a little bit, run the ship the way you want to run it, run the program the way you want to run it but let us have a little fun, because at the end of the day that’s what it’s all about.
“He has to understand we have a great team, we don’t have guys with discipline problems. We’re going to pretty much handle our own outside of football. When it comes to football we’re going to take care of our business on the field. Just let us have a little fun a little bit, man. I like the coach, I understand what he’s trying to do but he has to understand it’s 2011, man, things have changed.
“At the end of the day, yeah, we’re professional athletes, we get paid a lot of money to do what we do but we’re all human. No one is a robot at this level. We do have feelings, we like to have fun.”
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According to Rolle, the Jets owe a lot of their success to chemistry, something he says the Giants are lacking.
“I’d like to see the Jets take it, I honestly would. I’m a firm believer in you get what you deserve. They’ve been working hard all year long,” Rolle said. “Do I think they’re the best team out there? I don’t think they’re the best team out there. You can name a lot of teams better than them. If you match us up against the Jets, do I think they’re a better team? No, I don’t think so at all.
“But when it comes to their chemistry, I think their chemistry might be better than ours. I think they have a lot more fun than we have.
“People want to talk about Rex Ryan and this, that and the other. That team is going to war for him, they would die for him.”
The Giants had hopes of playing for an NFL title in Dallas in February, but their postseason playoff hopes were dashed in December when they blew a 21-point lead against Philadelphia on Dec. 19 in the NFC East showdown and then lost to the Packers in Green Bay the following weekend to lose control of their playoff destiny.
While they salvaged a 10-win season, their playoff hopes had vanished when the Packers wrapped up the final wild-card berth with a win over the Bears.
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