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By Ryan Wilson
The Giants are coming off a humiliating defeat at the hands of what was thought to be a punchless Redskins team. And that still may be true, it's just that Washington plays well whenever they face New York. Rex Grossman led the 'Skins to a Week 1 victory over the Giants and a few days later, New York safety Antrel Rolle went on the radio and proclaimed: "As a team and organization we know that the Washington Redskins are not a better team than us. We know that. Hands down. If we played them 100 times they might win five."
As it stands, the Giants are 0-2 against the Redskins in 2011. Silver lining: they won't face them again this season, and using Rolle's calculations, New York will win 95 of the next 98 matchups.
Grossman, who has started 11 games this season and was 15 of 24 for 185 yards (1 TD, 2 INTs) Sunday, was asked about Rolle's comments during a Monday appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
“Nobody is going to beat anyone 99 out of 100 times,” he said. (Rolle's actual comments were 95 times out of 100, but whether it's 95 percent or 99 percent, we take Grossman's point. By the way, according to Rolle's math, the chances that the Redskins would beat the Giants two times this season? One in 400.)
Grossman was asked if Rolle's remarks were disrespectful.
“Definitely. I mean, how can you take that comment any other way?” he said, via the Washington Post's Sports Bog. “I mean, 99 out of 100 times they’re gonna beat us? And we beat ‘em two in a row this year? So I’m not going to the casino with him any time soon.”
Obviously, the 'Skins used the slight as motivation for the Week 15 matchup.
“When you hear something like that, collectively as a group when the coaches say that Saturday night in meetings, collectively you kind of see everybody’s head nod up and down, kind of start tapping their foot a little bit, kind of getting excited, kind of getting pumped up,” Grossman said. “So it’s definitely a real thing, but really that’s kind of just icing on the cake as far as getting ready for the game. You don’t really care. You want to go out there and play well for your teammates and be proud of what you do as a professional.”
Rolle was back on New York's WFAN this week where it was pointed out to him that Washington took exception to his remarks.
“As well as they should be," he said via SportsRadioInterviews.com. "Like I said I love competition. I love competition to the most elite level and the Redskins were the better team than the Giants for the 2011 season. That’s not going to take away anything of what I feel with us as an organization. Words mean nothing. Actions definitely speak louder than words and they were the better team for 2011. That’s what it is.”
Indeed. So does Rolle regret his comments?
“No. I wouldn’t go…I don’t go back on anything I say. Like I said we as Giants – we don’t fear any opponent. If it makes them come out and fight harder then you know what we need to step up and fight harder at the end of the day.”
What the Giants need is to win out. They're currently 7-7 and may have played their way out of the postseason. They're ninth in the NFC, but just one game behind the Cowboys in the NFC East. If they lose to the Jets Saturday, however, their season is over.
That matchup, naturally, led WFAN's Joe and Evan to ask Rolle this: How many times out of 100, do you think you guys could beat the New York Jets?
“I really think I’m done answering that question. [Laughs] Washington made me put my foot in my mouth on that question. I think I still have it in there, but we are going to come out here and play. We are going to play ball and that’s that. Hopefully our team is very well prepared and we come out with that attitude and that intensity that I know we have and we play Giants football like I know we can.”
If only he'd said that back in September.
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