EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 08: Antrel Rolle #26 of the New York Giants and Jason Pierre-Paul #90work out at New Meadowlands Sports Complex on August 8, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
The Arizona Cardinals have played three straight games against teams with former 2010 Cardinals players. In Week 1, it was Derek Anderson and the Carolina Panthers. Week 2 was Tim Hightower and the Washington Redskins. Last week it was Alan Branch and the Seattle Seahawks. The trend almost continues this week against the New York Giants. New York signed Ben Patrick and Gabe Watson in the offseason, but Patrick unexpectedly retired and Watson was cut.
Antrel Rolle, the Giants' Pro Bowl starting free safety, was a member of the Cardinals in 2009. If there is one thing we know about Rolle, it is that confidence is something not found lacking. He was on XTRA 910 talking to Dan Bickley and Mike Jurecki about the Giants, the Eagles, the Cardinals and scoring touchdowns.
The normally outspoken Rolle was much more guarded with his comments for most of the interview. Recently, he was criticized and caused a lot of chatter because of comments he said about DeSean Jackson and the Philadelphia Eagles. There was no trash talk in this interview, perhaps because it is the Cardinals, a team he really enjoyed playing for.
When asked about Kevin Kolb, he described him as a "good quarterback who will soon be a great one" and praised him for his pocket presence, his ability to make all the throws and his mobility.
However, Bickley was able to goad Rolle into one kucklehead prediction for the game. Bickley feels that Rolle will somehow find the endzone against the Cardinals. He responded by saying, "If I do happen to get into the endzone, I will give the Arizona Cardinals fans what they love to see. There will be a back flip."
Ummm...Antrel? There will not be a Cardinals fan that wants to see him do a backflip after scoring a touchdown. Fans here might hope he does well in New York, but not while he is playing against the home team.
Plus, the last time he tried to do a back flip on a touchdown, he whiffed the landing, which got himself and the team a 15-yard celebration penalty.
Now, yes, it is sour grapes from me. I despised the guy when he was here. I hated his boneheaded plays, the inability to cover guys as a cornerback, the penalties and the bravado for a guy who wasn't as good as he thought he was.
That being said, I was pleasantly surprised at his respect for the Cardinals. He does like to say things that get people going. I listened to he interview expecting there to be bulletben board material..
So, as he did for me so many times when he was a Cardinal, he disappointed me again.