Don't tell Antrel Rolle that the Washington Redskins and Rex Grossman might be better than expected this season. And certainly do not tell him that the Redskins are better than the Giants.
"As a team and organization, we know that the Washington Redskins is not a better team than us,” Rolle said in his weekly spot on WFAN radio. “We know that hands down. If we played them 100 times, they might win five. They won that day. It never leaves a good taste in your mouth when you lose to an opponent that you know you are better than.”
When asked by WFAN hosts Joe and Evan if he was impressed by Grossman or thought the Redskins were better than he thought, Rolle replied, “No, not at all.”
“We’ll definitely prove that next time around,” Rolle said. “He is going to feel the Giants come the next time around. We will take care of that when the time comes.”
The Giants played three and sometimes four safeties on the field to compensate for a depleted secondary and a unit that lost middle linebacker Jon Goff just days before the game.
Rolle finished with six tackles but was flagged for a costly 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty in the fourth quarter after the Giants defense should have gotten a stop. On a 3rd-and-9 at the Washington 45, Grossman hit tight end Fred Davis for a seven-yard gain but Rolle’s penalty gave the Redskins a first down at the Giants’ 33 before they eventually scored to make it a 14-point lead with 5:04 remaining.
The Giants, who face the Redskins again on Dec. 18 at MetLife Stadium, now have to bounce back against former defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and the Rams on Monday night.
They hope to have Justin Tuck back this week from a neck injury that kept him out of the season opener.
“I definitely feel there is a lot of work to be done,” Rolle said of the defense. “We have a lot of guys playing different positions we have to fill in for some key areas. We still haven’t found that chemistry yet. It is getting close.”
“We understood where things went wrong,” Rolle continued. “I don’t think we played a good game as a team, I don’t think we played good on special teams, on defense or on offense. The Giants will come out there and we will show the world what we are all about and we will come play."