Jason Pierre-Paul on Thursday strongly backed defensive captain Antrel Rolle's contention that the New York Giants don't play with enough passion. Pierre-Paul said bluntly that "you've got to have heart, and a lot of guys don't have it."
"It is all about heart. You can have the attitude, you can have the swagger, you can talk your way, but it is all about heart. If you don't have the heart to play this game, then we are going to continue losing," Pierre-Paul said. "That is with every guy, every guy has to challenge their self to play more and do more than what they expect, and also to do your job. When it comes down to it, is all about heart. If you don't have heart, that is something you can't give a player, you just have to have it.
"There is a lot of talking going on, but at the end of the day, it is all about heart. I can sit here and talk all day to you, but at the end of the day, it is all about that individual and what he's got going on. ... It is definitely missing out of a lot guys."
Wow! Head coach Tom Coughlin said he thought the Giants "played hard" Monday night. What else is the coach going to say, though? If he agrees with Rolle, and now JPP, that can be interpreted as a sign that he has lost at least some of the locker room. No coach is ever going to admit that.
I don't know what the truth is here, other than I do know that Rolle and Pierre-Paul are two players who do care very deeply about the end result. If both are correct, the Giants have a lot of work to do this off-season in identifying the players who aren't committed and cleansing the roster from those individuals.