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NEW YORK (WFAN) — Antrel Rolle has a message for Giants fans: Sorry we didn’t make the playoffs.
“My final message of the year, first of all just want to apologize for a letdown,” Rolle told WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Wednesday. “We tried to go out there and give it our all … unfortunately we came up a little bit short this year, something that pretty much caught all of us by surprise.“
The outspoken safety vowed to do his part to help Big Blue, who won’t get a chance to defend their Super Bowl title, become “a better overall team on a more consistent basis.”
“We’re gonna hunt from the first preseason game all the way until the Super Bowl if God (willing) we make it there,” he said of 2013.
LISTEN: Antrel Rolle with Joe & Evan
Wide receiver Victor Cruz, set to become a restricted free agent, also emphasized consistency for next season.
“No matter what kind of start we have in the beginning of the season — first six games, first eight games — I want to continue our hunger and continue our dominance,” Cruz told WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Wednesday. “We always start off well and feel good about ourselves, and then we kind of fizzle off throughout the middle and try to bring it back up in the end. And that’s hard to do in this league.”
LISTEN: Victor Cruz with Francesa
Cruz, seeking an extension from the Giants, said he thought a deal would get done to keep him in New York “for a very long time.”
The 26-year-old catapulted to stardom last season, helping the Giants to a 9-7 record and ultimately a championship. After a hot 6-2 start in 2012, New York struggled down the stretch to finish 9-7 — again.
LISTEN: Eli Manning with Francesa
It wasn’t good enough.
What a difference a year makes.
“We have no one to blame but ourselves,” quarterback Eli Manning told Francesa, “for not taking advantage of the opportunity we had to make the playoffs.”
Giants fans — on a scale of 1 to 10, what’s your disappointment level? Let us know in the comments…