Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Big Blue Morning: Oh, Antrel
By Dan Graziano
Your daily morning check-in on news and notes about and of interest to the New York Giants.
The news of the day: Antrel Rolle went on his weekly radio show and said he thought Jonathan Martin was just as much to blame as Richie Incognito for the Dolphins' harassment case. And while I guess you can admire Rolle for confidently expressing and sticking to his opinion, I go the other way. Part of the problem that created the mess in Miami is an NFL locker room culture of player groupthink that condones hazing and allows this kind of behavior to go on at all. Part of Rolle's issue with Martin is that he's a "grown man" and should at some point have stood up for himself. I just think this discussion is off the rails of reality if Rolle is really telling someone to act like a grown man in defense of behavior that's completely childish. Additionally, Martin is a clear victim in this case, and blaming the victim is cowardly... Your time is better spent listening to Tom Coughlin's very good interview on ESPN Radio in New York, in which he discusses how he's managed the team through its tough start and what he's doing to try to convince them they're still in the hunt.
Behind enemy lines: If there's to be a landing spot for Nnamdi Asomugha, who was cut by the 49ers this week, the one that makes the most sense is likely the Raiders. Asomugha's former team, with which he rose to stardom and free-agent riches, is in need of some help with rookie D.J. Hayden struggling at cornerback. Worth watching, at least. Not likely to matter to the Giants this week, but interesting nonetheless.
Around the division: The Redskins, as many of you appear to be well aware, were 3-6 last season and won their last seven to come back and claim the NFC East title. They are 3-5 heading into a short-week Thursday game and hoping to position themselves better this year for a second-half run that would come with greater margin for error. It's nice to know you can run the table, but it's also nice to know you don't have to.
Around the league: When the Power Rankings come out every week, Mike Sando, Jamison Hensley and I host a live video chat where we take viewer questions and debate some things about the Power Rankings. This is a link to the replay of this week's chat. I hope you enjoy it. Mike's the only one who didn't put the unbeaten Chiefs No. 1, and he has a detailed explanation.