Dwelling on past failures doesn’t help make you better in the future. The New York Giants, a team who is 0-6 so far this season, refuse to dwell on the fact they are a winless football team and are just focused on what is ahead of them.
“I think right now, we’re not focused on being 0-6,” noted safety Antrel Rolle. “We’re focusing in on trying to get better as a team. That’s our focus right now. We’re trying to go out there and get our first win of the season and then we’ll see what happens from there.”
The Giants defense will need to stop or just contain Vikings All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson if they are to win. Rolle is confident in his ability to stymie Minnnesota’s offense.
“I play ball. It doesn’t matter who comes my way,” noted Rolle. “I’m going to play ball. I’m going to attack Adrian Peterson like I attack everyone else. We all know what he brings to the game. Outstanding running back, but at the same time I’m coming to play ball. We fear no one. That’s the way I approach the game.”
The Giants defense will have to prepare for a revamped Vikings offense, which will feature new starting quarterback Josh Freeman. Freeman, who the Vikings signed two weeks ago after he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will make his Vikings debut Monday replacing Matt Cassel as the starting quarterback.
“Whether he’s the starting quarterback for this team for the first time, we all know Josh Freeman and what he presents,” said Rolle. “ He’s been a starting quarterback in this league for a number of years now. He’s a great quarterback, strong arm, big and physical guy. We’re not looking at him as his first time being a starter. That guy has played a lot of football in this league and he’s played a lot of good football at that.”
The Giants defense and the team as a whole will have to raise its level of play against Freeman and company.
“Our commitment should be there, no matter what,” said Rolle. “This is a football game, we’re professionals, this is what we get paid to do, this is what we love to do. Playing 60 minutes shouldn’t be something that should have a certain significance of (…). It’s something that should be automatic, especially when we’re playing this game. It’s something that we definitely have to figure out and something that we have to hop on and make sure we play a full 60 minutes.”
The Giants will have to be committed to playing solid fundamentally football on offense, defense, and special teams for the full 60 minutes if they want to come out of Monday night’s game with a victory.