Giants Vs. 49ers: Antrel Rolle Press Conference, 01.16.12

Q: How much better can this defense play after what you did to the Packers?

A: I think we played a pretty good game all around – offensively, defensively and special teams. But I think it could definitely get better. We’re never going to be complacent. We’re always going to be striving for bigger and brighter goals.

Q: How much better is it to see a team a second time? It worked for you yesterday.

A: I don’t think it had anything to do with us seeing a team a second time. I think it was just more of a mindset that we had and the preparation that we’ve been going through throughout the week. Ever since the [Jets] game we’ve been all on deck, guys have been in tune with what’s going on here, what’s at stake. That had the most to do with anything.

Q: Did anything surprise you about your team yesterday?

A: To be honest with you, nothing at all. Like I said, the game is won throughout the week. We had a phenomenal week of practice. Guys were in tune. Our scout team guys do an exceptional job of getting us ready throughout the week. I think I give my best work at practice, to be honest with you. I tell those guys week-in and week-out, ‘Thank you for all that you contribute’ because they make my Sundays a whole lot easier.

Q: What is the mindset of the team right now?

A: We’re not going to be denied at this point. We understand what we have as a team. It’s not all about talent. It’s about chemistry. We’re gelling at this point. Coaches and players are on the same page at the same time. We have one goal in mind, which is to win the championship.

Q: Do you guys feel unstoppable?

A: We wouldn’t say we’re unstoppable, but our mindset is extreme at this point. We’re not going to be denied. That’s our mindset. I might be a little biased, but in our minds we can’t be beat. That’s the approach we’re taking week-in and week-out.

Q: Does this run feel different than the one you made with the Cardinals?

A: Absolutely. This run feels different – more of the fact that this is what I expect from this team. I’ve always expected greatness from this team although we didn’t do it week-in and week-out throughout the season. But that doesn’t matter. What matters is that we’re here and we’re striving and we’re fighting to get better each and every week.

Q: This is what you expected? The ride just didn’t go the way you wanted it to go.

A: The ride didn’t go the way you wanted it to go, but we did what we set out to do this season, which is to win our division and have a chance to play in the postseason. We granted ourselves that wish and we’ve been playing great ball. We can’t take anything from ourselves. We can always get better. We’re going to continue to get better and raise it up a notch come this Sunday.

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