Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Chris Canty confident Giants will win
By Ohm Youngmisuk ESPNNewYork.com
INDIANAPOLIS -- Instead of "All In," the New York Giants should adopt Charlie Sheen's mantra.
For the third consecutive day, a Giant expressed the team's supreme confidence that New York will win Super Bowl XLVI.
"Get ready for a great game on Super Bowl Sunday," Chris Canty said on WNBC-TV when asked to give Giants fans a message on camera. "And get ready for a parade on Tuesday."
While there haven't been any guarantees from the Giants, some of Tom Coughlin's players aren't shy about telling the world how confident they feel going into the Super Bowl.
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The Giants respect the Patriots but are showing no fear. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul says Tom Brady is a "great quarterback" but one that is human and can be rattled.
"Anybody can be rattled," Pierre-Paul said. "Tom Brady is a great quarterback, but at the end of the day, he is just a quarterback. It is not like he is God."
"We've just got to get to him," Pierre-Paul continued. "We know what's at stake and we've got to get there fast enough. I know our secondary is going to do a great job covering wide receivers and tight ends and we've just got to get to him. It all starts up front no matter what."
The Giants have felt all season long that if they play with fire and edge and execute, they can beat anyone. They often have felt this season that they have beaten themselves with mistakes on defense and coming out flat at times. But the Giants have been on a tear since beating Rex Ryan's Jets on Christmas Eve, winning five straight games. And with each day, their confidence continues to surge.
Antrel Rolle said on Monday that the Giants boarded the plane for Indianapolis expecting to win. On Tuesday, the safety said "we are going to win this thing."
At the same time, Rolle went out of his way to praise Patriots players like Brady, wide receiver Wes Welker and tight end Rob Gronkowski. But by Wednesday, Rolle went into combat mode and respectfully said he's done with the compliments. He respects the Patriots but he's also ready to get the rumble started.
"I'm not speaking of Wes Welker or Gronkowski," Rolle said when asked about defending the Patriots' weapons. "I'm not speaking of those guys anymore. I have spoken about them enough. I gave them all the compliments that they are going to get from me and that's it. The game has to be played. I'm done commending those guys. I'm ready to play ball."
Confidence has been an integral part of the Giants' success this season. Even when they were 7-7 and staring at the possibility of missing the playoffs for a third straight season, the Giants were talking about the potential they had and how they could turn their season around.
Linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka said a few weeks ago that the Giants are a Super Bowl team. Now he and some of his teammates are saying they are a Super Bowl-winning team.
"I think we're going to win the game," Kiwanuka told reporters. "You don't come out here and say we're going to go out there and give it our best. I believe every guy in that locker room thinks we're going to win the game. If they didn't believe that, they shouldn't be in the locker room."
Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com.