By: Russ Goldman
As we head further into Super Bowl week, I am starting to listen and read some very interesting comments coming from some Giants players leading up to the big game. I have been asking myself this question. Are some Giants players confident or cocky going into the Super Bowl?
Typically from the Patriots you really don’t hear quotes that are bulletin board material, even though the New York media tried to create some controversy with some of Tom Brady’s comments from the Send Off Party. Here are Brady’s comments via the Washington Post.
“We’re going down there, and we’re going down there for one reason. We’re going to give it our best and hopefully we have a lot more people at our party next weekend.”
What I believe Brady is referring to about a party has to do with the Super Bowl party that the Patriots have right after the game that is for the team, family members and VIP’s. This party is scheduled win or lose as it was after Super Bowl 42 when the Patriots had their party even though they lost.
I believe all that Brady is talking about is that if they win obviously they will have more people at their Super Bowl party. I am sure after Super Bowl 42, they did not have a good turn out.
These comments were manipulated by some in the New York media to make it seem that Brady was planning a victory party. There were some interesting and I believe misleading headlines in the back of the New York Post and, the New York Daily News on Monday.
The New York media was trying to portray the Patriots quarterback as being over-confident, and already counting his fourth ring. I think they are dead wrong, and they could see a confident Brady on Sunday.
Mario Manningham has said he expects New York’s receivers to have a field day on Sunday against Julian Edelman. (FILE:Icon/SMI)
On the flip side you have comments from two Giants players that made me think about my question that is in the title of this story. Let’s start with Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham. He has commented a few times about Patriots player Julian Edelman who he might face on Sunday. Here are Manningham’s quotes below about Edelman courtesy of the Nashua Telegraph.
It’s not like that,” he said. “I respect him as a player.”
“He plays wide receiver,” Manningham said. “He’s not a real defensive back. Did he get drafted as a defensive back?
“We have a little bond going on (among Giants receivers) knowing that we can beat somebody. We’re confident. I hope he’s out there.”
Now, Manningham actually uses the word confident when describing how the wide receivers of the Giants feel about seeing Edelman out on the field. However, hoping that Edelman is out there shows me arrogance and a disrespect for the opponent.
Let’s add those those thoughts to what has been said lately by Giants defensive back Antrel Rolle. According to the New York Daily News, he knows the Giants are going to win the Super Bowl. Here are Rolle’s comments courtesy of the Ralph Vacchiano article in the New York Daily News.
“We’re going to win this thing, said Rolle. We’re going to win this thing for a lot of good reasons.
I feel that is a guarantee even though later in the story he states that he is not guaranteeing a victory. Regardless, why come out and say you are going to win? A confident person let’s his actions do the talking. For me that is over-confidence that could come back to bite him in the Super Bowl.
I have a good feeling the Patriots players expect to win, but you don’t see them throwing that out there in the media. These comments are only two players, but if many on the Giants have this attitude, they could be in for a huge surprise on Sunday.
Also, these comments give Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick more ammunition to tell his players what the opposition thinks about the game. Trust me he will use it as a way to motivate his players. I have heard it before, and I expect Belichick to use these comments to his advantage.
I am wondering if some Giants players feel they have already won the game before it has been played. If they do, and are in a close game on Sunday, how will they react? Will they still have their confidence or is it cockiness, when the Championship is on the line?