Tom Coughlin calls meetings to clear air

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Before the New York Giants could completely focus on the Tennessee Titans and Chris Johnson, head coach Tom Coughlin had to exercise a little damage control and meet with Antrel Rolle and Brandon Jacobs separately to air out any differences the two have had recently with the team.

The head coach said he had a "good conversation" with Rolle after the veteran safety questioned the "controlled" atmosphere around the team and the leadership in the locker room among other things.

Rolle said he apologized to his head coach and described the meeting as very productive. He also stood by all the concerns he voiced on Tuesday in a radio interview.

"I don't feel like I was talking out of turn at all," Rolle said. "I think what I said needed to be said. I definitely should have come to Tom Coughlin before anyone else which was my bad but what I said needed to be said.

"I definitely see some things," he added. "I am a part of the problem myself. I am a part of this team. I'm just as guilty as anybody in this locker room."

At the same time Rolle was talking in the Giants' locker room, Jacobs issued apologies to the media, the Giants and Colts organizations and to Colts fans for his recent behavior and helmet toss in Indianapolis.

On Monday, Coughlin met with Jacobs and told the running back he would like to see more "professionalism."

Jacobs has had trouble containing his emotions and has been frustrated with his diminished role behind Ahmad Bradshaw. He met with both Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese about his role amidst a report that he wanted to ask for a trade. He said he has not asked for a trade and is ready to give his all to the Giants.

Jacobs had been a 6-foot-4, 264-pound volcano ready to erupt at any moment. He has snapped at reporters and used profanity this season when he didn't like the line of questioning pertaining to his role.

"I want to start by saying to you guys (the media) for the last month, it hasn't been so pleasant dealing with me," Jacobs said. "I've been in a state of mind where I hated all of you guys and I apologize to each and every one of you for acting the way I've been acting the last month or so."

"Secondly, I want to apologize to my teammates for putting them in a position to answer these questions about me when they should be focusing on winning games."

Even though his teammates have said that he has not been a distraction, Jacobs now says he has clarity on his role and why he is a backup after being the starter.

"Just to put this whole thing to bed, my issue was with this whole thing was the explanation of why all this happened," Jacobs said. "I didn't have one. I have one now. All this stuff is gone. All of it's done and we're moving forward. So that what it was that lit my dynamite is an explanation of what was going on."

Over the past few days, Rolle and Jacobs created the appearance that the Giants were a combustible bunch with various issues.

Entering the season, leadership was a question mark on this team after Antonio Pierce was released. Coughlin has been looking for players like Justin Tuck to emerge as leaders this season. He revealed on Wednesday that he dissolved his Leadership Council which consisted of select players in the locker room.

The Council, created in 2007, wasn't as "effective" last season when the Giants finished 8-8.

The team captains this year -- quarterback Eli Manning, defensive end Tuck and linebacker Chase Blackburn -- are basically Coughlin's Council now.

"I'm relying on the captains right now to communicate with the players and then the captains and I will meet," Coughlin said. "At this point in time, I feel good about that. I did not feel the leadership council from a year ago was as effective as it's been in the past."

Rolle didn't feel good about anything that transpired on Sunday before, during or after the Colts' 38-14 rout. Quick to take the blame for his own play, Rolle took exception to everything from how the team showed up too early for the game to the lack of leadership from players in the locker room.

"I don't think there was enough fight, I don't think there was enough being said, I don't think there was enough attitude, enough anger towards getting your butt whooped the way we were getting whooped," Rolle said. "And that was my problem."

"I just felt like there wasn't enough leadership," added Rolle, who is in the first year of a five-year, $37 million deal. "It's going to be fixed. I didn't speak out of anger. I want to nip it in the bud now before things prolong."

Rolle did not want to discuss or elaborate on his most critical comments about the atmosphere being too "controlled" in the organization.

As for his feelings about the Giants arriving to the stadium too early -- three hours and 15 minutes -- before the game and that leading to a lackadaisical effort, Rolle discussed it with Coughlin.

"He came back and said, 'Antrel, the schedules are set' and he had never had any complaints about it before," Rolle said. "Just because it is not being said, doesn't mean that they don't feel that way. I was expressing what I felt but it was also a relayed message on behalf of the team."

The Giants need to give their full attention this week toward stopping Titans' all-world running back Chris Johnson. But before they could do that, they had to take care of some issues at home.

"Sometimes it's needed," cornerback Terrell Thomas said of Rolle's comments. "Whether it is bad or good. I think he did the right thing. Regardless of what he said, he got everybody's attention and that is what we needed."

Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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