Antrel Rolle ripped the New York Giants players, coaches and organization today in the wake of Sunday's night's 38-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
"I don't think the coaches gave us a chance, and I don't think we gave ourselves a chance," was just one of the many biting comments Rolle made during the interview.
Making his weekly radio appearance on the Midday Show with Joe & Evan on WFAN Rolle did not mince words.
"I don't feel that the game plan was right, but I also don't feel that it's wrong," Rolle said. "In my eyes it doesn't matter what call you put up there it should be executed and it should be executed to the fullest. Whether it's the best call for that particular play or not, that goes unsaid.
"I don't think the game plan was perfect. It probably coulda been called in a little bit different format, but at the same time there were calls made for us to prevent what they were doing at certain times in the game, and it just wasn't done."
Rolle said the Giants did not adjust quickly enough when the Colts began having success running the ball.
"The necessary adjustments might not have been made," Rolle said. "But you can't blame the coaches and you can't only blame the players. It's a team out there.
"I don't think the coaches gave us a chance, and I don't think we gave ourselves a chance."
He also said he thought the Giants were not ready to play.
On that I think they could have picked their poison. They could have either passed and had success or they could have ran and had success.
"For some reason it just felt like the team was very, very flat. They weren't into the game, no one was enthused. There was no excitement ... there was no 'dog.' There was no swagger out there on the field, which actually drove me crazy."
He questioned the Giants travel plans, and how they spent the weekend leading up to game time.
"Honestly in my opinion I just think that there was too much laying around before the game. The day before the game, the day of the game I just felt like we had too much down time doing nothing and just relaxing. I really felt that it carried over to the game."
Rolle was then asked "what needs to be done differently so this doesn't happen again?"
"We got to Indy 3 o'clock Saturday, so we had that entire day of doing nothing, of just sitting around not doing too much. And then we had the next day of just sitting around not doing much. Then we got to the stadium three hours and 15 minutes before the game started. I mean, we're sitting around the locker room not doing anything. Honestly, I don't know what you do in a situation like that because I've never been in a situation like that, so I'm just sitting around getting lackadaisical and I'm pretty sure a lot of players felt the same way. You can't tell me that the football Giants played that kind of football. I've seen differently, everyone else has seen differently.
"I don't make excuses for the game because the game is still the game. We got whupped, no matter how you look at it.. I'm not saying this is an excuse, I'm just saying I don't know the reason why we came out flat. I know the reason why I felt like I came out flat, but then again I can't speak for anyone else.
"To get to the stadium three hours and 15 minutes before a game, I've never done that. I've never heard of that.
"Two hours before game time, that's more than enough time to go out there and get done what you need to get done. When you're sitting around the locker room for an hour, and hour and a half not doing anything it's pretty much unheard of.
There's one thing you can't do -- you can't separate mind from the body," Rolle said. "You're not supposed to get massages right before the game because it relaxes you too much. I felt like we were way too relaxed."
He also threw daggers at the team's locker room leadership and overall attitude.
"I saw some things that I wasn't too fond of in that locker room. I felt like there was no one that stepped up to the plate when the opportunity presented itself.
"I don't take anything away from any player. I love my teammates, my teammates are great, they're warriors. But I felt like in a situation like that something should have been done. I don't feel like there was enough done at all in that game.
Rolle finished by throwing some haymakers at the organization.
"I definitely see things, I see little things here and there, and it's not all with the players. There's a lot of other things that go on behind closed doors that a lot of people don't know about. It's not all about the players, sometimes.
"Things have to change. If you want a winning team, if you want a team to have the competitive attitude and to have that 'dog' mentality sometimes you have to let that team be a dog.
"Everything can't be controlled, and right now everything is controlled within this organization. Everything is controlled."