Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Giants Are Ready to Unleash 'Dog Mentality'

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Giants Are Ready to Unleash 'Dog Mentality'

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EAST RUTHERFORD - Antrel Rolle and Jason Pierre-Paul delivered messages they hope will resonate with their defensive teammates this week as the Giants prepared for Sunday's showdown against Drew Brees and the Saints.

Rolle called for more of a "dog mentality," a tougher and more physical approach echoed by Pierre-Paul's assertion that the Giants have been "a little soft."

Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell's message was a lot simpler and to the point.

"Win. We need to win these games," Fewell said. "That's my message."

Because the Giants know what it's like to lose to Brees and the Saints, and this is not the time of the year where they can even fathom about letting something like that happen again.

The Giants were exposed in just about every facet during last season's 49-24 "Monday Night Football" debacle in New Orleans, and as Victor Cruz suggested: "It was definitely embarrassing. Whenever you get beat like that it's never a good feeling."

Fewell preferred to skip reminiscing about his unit's performance against the high-octane Saints: "I wanted to forget about that game because they kicked the [crap] out of us."

The Giants (7-5) will be out to return the favor, although the urgency involved with such a challenge is compounded by the Redskins and the Cowboys as much as it is the Saints.

The NFC East lead is down to one game and the Giants could not stop Washington when it mattered most in their 17-16 loss Monday. That failure to get off the field and give Eli Manning one last chance at a comeback victory has provided the defense with plenty of motivation.

In reality, as Mathias Kiwanuka puts it, "If you can't stop the run, you won't stop anyone."

The Giants might not have safety Kenny Phillips, who has not practiced all week and is listed as doubtful, but versatile LB Jacquian Williams is poised to return and bring speed and athleticism to the quest to slow the multi-faceted Saints' offense. …

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