NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Giants safety Antrel Rolle takes his “role” as a leader very seriously, and he’s pulling out all the stops to motivate his team as it looks to avoid a second consecutive 0-3 start on Sunday.
According to the New York Post, the captain called a players-only meeting on Wednesday in an effort to address what’s been going wrong and fire up the group for its meeting against the Texans.
“Just go out there and play fast,” Rolle told his teammates, according to the newspaper. “First and foremost, know your assignment, and that’s going to allow you to play fast and confident. Go out there expecting to win, expecting to make that play — as opposed to playing cautious and not really knowing what the outcome is going to be.
“You’ve got to go out there expecting to dominate. The mind is a powerful thing. Mind controls all.”
New York was torched by Matthew Stafford and the Lions in the season opener on Monday Night Football. Week 2 against the Cardinals, however, was a different story. The Giants appeared to have the game in hand, but untimely penalties and costly turnovers led to a devastating loss.
“Antrel called the meeting and he started it off, with everyone else chipping in their own point of view,” safety Stevie Brown told the New York Post. “That definitely was the message: We need to quit waiting and take the game to the opponent … It’s not the same as hearing it from a coach.
“It might be the same message, but it’s definitely different hearing it from the guys who are going through the same thing as you, who have been with you through OTAs, in the weight room and have experienced everything you’ve experienced. The thing about Antrel is he’s been All-Pro, he’s been a Pro Bowler, he’s been to a Super Bowl. Everything he talks about, he’s done. He talks it, he walks it, so it’s easy to follow him.”
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