Antrel Rolle's criticisms in a Tuesday radio interview touched off a firestorm of controversy. But a…
Safety Antrel Rolle set a match to teammates and coaches last week in his weekly radio spot on the Sirius network. This time, he's defending his team's discipline the day after it incurred five personal fouls in a miserable loss to the Titans.
"I don't think we have a lack of discipline," said Rolle, who came out of the game on Tom Coughlin's invitation after going back at a Titan who split his lip during one of the game's many chippy interludes. "Like I said, some things are just going to take place during the football game. I know for a fact I'm not an undisciplined player but, you know, I mean I got caught up in the moment.
"Things like that are going to happen once in a while in your football career. Should we get criticized for it? I mean, you all can do whatever you want but at the end of the day we're all human out there on the field. In a perfect world, yeah, we would understand and know that we definitely have to keep our composure but as we both know this world isn't so perfect. So, yeah, we made a mistake, we're aware of our mistake, and we have to do our best to try to keep our composure and we will fix it."
He then defended Coughlin from the voices who say the coach has lost his team and needs to go now.
"Is Tom Coughlin the right man for the job?" Rolle said. "Absolutely. He's a great coach. We have a great relationship. The team understands him. The team rallies behind him and he rallies behind the team. You know, we have to do our best as football players to make sure we get the job done. The coaches can only do so much. The coaches cannot go out there and play the game for us. The coach cannot go out there and make us keep our heads when we get in heated situations. The coach cannot go out there and stop us from [making] turnovers. The coach cannot go out there and execute the offense, the defense and the special teams the way it needs to be executed. So is he the right man for the job? Absolutely. There's no doubt about it. But we need to rally behind him and make sure that we present and display on the field that he does have this team under control and that he is the right man for the job."