Antrel Rolle was displeased with the New York Giants’ effort against the Washington Redskins Sunday, and he was certain to make his voice heard.
“Do I know we’re a great team? Yeah. Are we playing like a great team? No. But it’s all about actions. It’s not about words,” Rolle said after the game, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “Honestly right now my words mean absolutely nothing. Sometimes we go out there and we play like we’re coming to play football. Sometimes we go out there and just take the field. It’s not good enough.”
Rolle went on to specifically call out his teammates who missed practice all week with various injuries.
“If you’re going to go out here and play the game on Sunday, you need to be out there with your men throughout the week,” Rolle said. “I’ve been nicked up all year long. A lot of other people have been nicked up all year long. We go out there and we’re fighting. I don’t know. I ain’t the coach, man. I’m not trying to be the coach, and I’m not trying to say what he should do or shouldn’t do. But I feel as teammates we need to hold each other more accountable.”
One player who didn’t practice all week was defensive end Justin Tuck, who was not particularly amused by Rolle’s rant.
“The one thing I understand is no one knows your body better than you do,” Tuck said, according to Vacchiano. “When I was young I used to look at some of the older guys when they missed practice, and kind of give them a little look like, ‘they should probably be out here.’ I always say that it’s easy to be tough when you’re doing it with somebody else’s body.”