Antrel Rolle: 'We need to pick it up'

Updated: October 6, 2013, 8:37 PM ET
By Matt Ehalt | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Antrel Rolle has a new message for the 0-5 Giants.

"We need to pick it up. Get our head out of our a-- and pick it up," Rolle said Sunday following the Giants' 36-21 home loss to the Eagles. "That's the reality of it. We're 0-5 and we're losing games right here and this is not Giants football that we're playing."

Rolle, one of the team's captains, has been the most vocal Giant in believing the team can still right the ship. Earlier in the week, Rolle said he believed the Giants could go 12-0 to end the season.

The best the Giants can do now is 11-0. The defense had some bright moments during the game and gave the offense a chance to take hold of the game, but both units collapsed at the end. The defense allowed the final 17 points of the contest, while quarterback Eli Manning threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter.

"I'm not feeling good about anything. We're 0-5 right now. I don't look at little things that take place throughout the game. I look at W's and L's," Rolle said. "Doesn't matter what I do as an individual. Doesn't matter what any one of us do as individuals. It's about a team effort. Right now we're just not putting it out there on the field."

As the Giants now look to avoid an 0-6 start, Rolle said he didn't know where the team needed to begin in its search for answers. While he's usually not at a loss of words, Rolle seemed to have some difficulty coming up with the right words to describe what the Giants need to do to turn their season around. They play at Chicago on Thursday.

"It all starts within each and every individual. Do I believe? Absolutely. It's 53 men on this roster and we all have to believe. We all have to be strong-minded enough to overcome adversity, to overcome momentum swings in the course of a game," Rolle said. "This is football. Ups and downs are going to take place throughout the course of a game.

"I don't know, man. I don't know what to say. I really don't."

Leading up to Sunday's game, Rolle said he didn't believe everyone on the Giants' roster believes that the team can win. Without specifically mentioning the Super Bowl title in 2011, Rolle said some of the players have not been a part of the winning culture and overcoming adversity.

The loquacious safety maintained he's never going to give up on this team, despite plenty of reasons to have doubts, but he can't speak for the rest of the team.

"I don't have an answer for a team. I'm one guy. I don't speak for a team. Am I confident in this team? I'm extremely confident in this team. We have to be confident in ourselves," Rolle said. "I'm always going to be confident. I'm always going to come out here fighting, I don't care if we're 0-15. You always going to get the same fight out of myself."

Matt Ehalt is a contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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