Words with friends

Why do the Giants think Antrel Rolle's big mouth is a big reason for their success?

Updated: August 9, 2012, 11:38 AM ET
By Jordan Brenner | ESPN The Magazine

IT'S NO SECRET that the NFL is a copycat league. Yet as training camps open and teams put their best-laid plans in place, even the zaniest coaches wouldn't dare emulate the reigning champs. Last season, the Giants went from a 7-7 defensive mess to champions following a Super Bowl upset. Their turning point was a moment that seemed to violate the most cherished tenets of locker room protocol -- and that might have buried the season of any other team.

After a crushing ...

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