“You want to come back and prove to yourself and your teammates and your organization that you’re committed, and that I can play at the high level that I’ve been playing at in the past,” Manning told Joe & Evan.
Eli Manning and Antrel Rolle won’t make excuses for the Giants failing to make the playoffs this season. But they do like the fact that the team is playing hard with nothing to play for.
“Honestly, they were (my first choice),” Beltran told Joe & Evan. “They were there, but at the same time they couldn’t do anything about it. The Yankees were going through a salary cap (issue).”
“I’ve gotta see more from Matt Harvey. I think he even thinks of himself as, like, the king of the city here right now. He’s gotta do a lot more before I can look at him that way.”
As far as Antrel Rolle is concerned, the Giants’ disappointing 2013 season has not been about messages not getting through, locker room strife or divisiveness, the things the media love to point to first.
“To be honest with you, I don’t care,” the captain told WFAN radio. “Whoever wins, wins. Whoever wins, they deserve to win. To me, to be honest with you, I don’t care who is the better of the two.”
The last time the Jets won consecutive games was just a shade over a year ago. If they want to keep their playoff hopes alive they will almost certainly have to do it again, for starters.
Rex Ryan’s job security has been on a roller-coaster ride. Well, that’s the assumption. Only Woody Johnson knows the truth. However, conventional wisdom suggests Ryan’s job will be on the line over the final four games of the regular season.
“Things are not gonna work out in your favor all the time. That doesn’t mean that you hang your head low. You gotta go out there, and you get better. You play football, you play with pride.”
Muhammad Wilkerson said Tuesday that his defense, as good as it has been this season, could be doing more to help out beleaguered Geno Smith.
If Muhammad Wilkerson is nothing else, he’s honest and calls ’em like he sees ’em. And heading into a game at Baltimore, he doesn’t see the Jets as being as good as they should be.
“Richie Incognito, is he wrong? Absolutely,” Rolle told Joe & Evan. “But I think the other guy is just as much to blame because he’s allowed it to happen.”
Most experts also had the Jets penciled in as 3-6 heading into their bye. Muhammad Wilkerson and Co. obviously had other ideas, beating two of the three first-place teams they faced during the hardest part of their schedule.
He perpetuated maybe the greatest fraud in sports history. But he claims that he did it for all the right reasons.
“We’re 0-6,” Giants safety Antrel Rolle said. “We’ve dug a huge hole for ourselves, a very huge hole for ourselves. But the season’s not over for us yet. And that’s our mindset, that has to be our mindset.”