By Michael McCarthy

It’s only Wednesday and the Eagles-Giants rivalry’s Battle of Quotes has already reached fever pitch.

And, by the time the game starts Sunday night on a national audience on NBC, the battle will have reached the Lincoln Financial Field turf.

Antrel Rolle’s incendiary comments sure made their way down I-95 quickly.

Eagles outside linebacker Trent Cole, while discussing the challenges the Giants’ offense presents, referenced, without prompting, Rolle’s trash talk on Monday that the defending NFC East champion Eagles aren’t the favorites in the division.

“We hear a lot of talk that they don’t think we’re the team to beat,” Cole said with a devilish grin after Tuesday’s practice. “Anton Rolle, is that correct?”

Rolle had said Monday: “I don’t feel like there was much to really battle with last year in our division. I feel like it was a weak division last year.’’

Cole corrected himself on Rolle’ s first name moments later, before firing back.

“We’ll see after the game and when the season is done,” Cole said. “He’s just sending shots, he’s firing shots. It’s all right, it’s all a part of it. It’s a fun game.”

Cole said Rolle’s comments were meant to discredit Philadelphia’s division title and were an affront to the Eagles’ accomplishment. But, in a way, it was also a sign of respect.

“We must be doing something,” Cole said. “From what I hear, he must be feeling our presence.”

Teammate Brandon Boykin addressed the topic on WIP 94.1 FM in Philly.

“We got the same team, and we have some great acquisitions,” Boykin said. “One game at a time, and the division will be ours. We’ll find out on Sunday. That’s all I have to say about that.”

Rolle, on WFAN on Tuesday, was incredulous anyone would take his comments as a slight to the Eagles, saying “I didn’t discredit Philly under any means.”

Either way, Cole seemed to enjoy the back and forth, smiling throughout the interview.

“I can tell you one thing, we know what we gotta do, we know what our intentions are,” he said. “We’re going into this game to go in there and win. That’s our mission, to go in and win this game. We’re not worried about what anybody else thinks.”

Bulletin-board material is nothing new in the Giants-Eagles rivalry. Boykin and injured Giants cornerback Walter Thurmond had a war of words in the spring, when Thurmond declared himself the best slot cornerback in the NFL. Boykin tweeted: “But who is Walter Thurmond??”

In April, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said Eli Manning’s “best days are behind him” if the Giants’ offensive line woes continued.

Manning has been sacked just three times over the last three weeks after going down 39 times last year.

“With him, you can’t let him get into a rhythm,” said Cole, a 10-year pro. “You have to get after him, you have to make him feel pressure. We have to go in there and do our job, guys got to rush the passer. We have to do all we can to get there.”

Giants-Eagles is always heated. Throw in Philly’s 4-1 start and the Giants’ three-game winning streak, and the Sunday nighter will be testy.

“It’s always a fun game against the Giants,” he said. “It’s a big game, it’s a big show, it’s the backyard rivalry that goes on. It’s going to be a big one.

“We’re excited going into this next game to take our record to 5-1.”

About admin

Loading Facebook Comments ...

Leave a Reply