Antrel Rolle rips his teammates

If you were starting to wonder if the Giants actually believe they can make something out of this season, which is quickly slipping away after a third straight loss, you're not alone. Antrel Rolle is right there with you.

The outspoken Giants safety did not mince words for his team after its lackluster performance on Monday Night Football dropped them to 3-5 on the season. He was asked if he believed they could recover and save the season, and this was his answer:

“I always hope for the best for this team,” he said. “I have a lot of confidence in this team and the talent that we have. But you can keep saying something as much as you want. At the end of the day, it's about results, and the results are not good.

“Whether I believe or not – if we go 0-16, I'm always going to believe until the day I leave this game. But we've got to believe in ourselves as an entire unit, and right now, I don't know if that's happening.”

Rolle wasn't through, either. He criticized the Giants' up-and-down play this season, although given the way Colts quarterback Andrew Luck carved up his defense en route to a 30-point lead, it's hard to remember many of the ups.

Right now, this is a bad football team heading nowhere. And Rolle, a veteran, basically admitted as much in his candid postgame interview. His comments could be taken as an indictment of the coaching staff, too &mdash on a night when head coach Tom Coughlin fumbled a challenge flag toss, then didn't call a timeout, when either would've prevented an easy touchdown by the Colts.

It was obvious Coughlin didn't have his team ready to play Monday night.

“There are times when we can go out and play as good as any team in this league,” Rolle said. “And there are times when we can go out there and play as bad as any team in this league. You just don't know. We've got to figure out, 'Who are we as a team?'

“We're so inconsistent. We're so up and down. You don't know what you're going to get on Sunday – the good Giants, the bad Giants, the flat Giants, the Giants that play with energy. You never know what you're going to get."

That sort of sounds like a line from Forrest Gump, doesn't it? Rolle wasn't through, though.

“We've got to find a way to understand that this is the NFL," he said. "This is the league. This is where we've always wanted to be, and you've got to be passionate about the game we play. You've got to go out there and fight, scratch and claw, do whatever you can to get a win. Right now, it's not happening.”

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