Giants’ Antrel Rolle: I Wasn’t Calling Out Justin Tuck
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NEW YORK (WFAN) – Giants safety Antrel Rolle didn’t lash out at TV commentators after his team’s letdown against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
Instead he seemed to point the finger directly at certain teammates — without naming names — for their recent inactivity at practice.
“It starts in practice, man. This s— starts in practice,” Rolle said after the 23-10 loss. “And you know what? We need to have everyone on the field. If you’re injured, so be it, you’re injured. We understand that. But nicks and bruises? Everyone needs to be on the field because we’re not getting better like this.”
Rolle clarified his comments Monday during his weekly interview with WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts.
“First of all, my comments weren’t directed to anyone in particular. And I know the media — as always — are trying to pinpoint one of our guys, which is Justin Tuck,” Rolle told Benigno and Roberts. “At the end of the day, legitimate injuries are legitimate injuries. I’m not saying be Superman. But I’m just saying if you can give us a little bit more, give us a little bit more.”
Listen: Rolle with Joe & Evan
Tuck and Ahmad Bradshaw sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday before returning to a limited role Friday. Kenny Phillips was also limited in practice last week.
Rolle admitted that he played his part in the loss with a couple key missed tackles.
“I’m better than that,” he said. “And I will play better and I will do better.”
The Giants found themselves in a hole almost from the outset Sunday. Though Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman threw two interceptions early, Washington dominated time of possession and went into halftime with a 17-3 lead.
Rolle declared after a loss to Grossman & Co. in Week 1 that New York would beat Washington nearly 100 times out of 100. Turns out all he did was give the Redskins motivation to go out and make it two in a row.
“Words mean nothing,” said Rolle. “Actions definitely speak louder than words — and they were the better team for 2011. And that’s what it is.”
The teetering Jets are up next, barely hanging on to that final AFC wild card spot after losing to the Eagles on Sunday. Rolle likes his team’s chances, but decided not to go there when asked how many games out of 100 would go to the Giants.
“I really think I’m done answering that question,” he said. “Washington made me put my foot in my mouth on that question. I think I still have it in there.”
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