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Thursday, January 6, 2011
Antrel Rolle's wandering mind

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle played well enough to earn a Pro Bowl bid this season, but he still has room for improvement. He provided an interesting explanation Monday for how he gave up so many big plays.

"I’m proud of myself. I took on a lot of responsibilities,” the Giants safety said. “But my grade sheet a lot of times would come back with five negative plays, six negative plays just because my mind was just wandering.

"But through it all, I was always hustling, just trying to get around the ball somehow. And when you hustle to the ball, great things happen sometimes."

I'm not sure Tom Coughlin enjoyed reading that quote. Rolle went on to explain that he may have been trying to grasp too many facets of the game plan during games. He played closer to the line of scrimmage than he was used to in Arizona. Overall, you'd have to say he had a solid season. But there were too many moments when he couldn't transition quickly enough to being a pass defender.