Rolle had been chafing about -- among other things -- that he was being used as a nickel back. But Merritt and defensive coordinator Perry Fewell helped Rolle see things in a different light and turn his attitude around.
"Dave Merritt has helped me a lot," Rolle said. "We've had a lot of 1-on-1 personal conversations, not anything about football, but about life in general. And he's also a huge reason why I was able to buy into playing my role as a nickel (cornerback)."
Rolle also had a conversation with Fewell that helped change his mind-set.
"He said, 'Trel, you have to think about it this way: You and (safety) Deon (Grant) are tight, right?' I said, 'Yeah,' " Rolle told the Star-Ledger. "He said, 'Y'all are like brothers. How many more opportunities do you think he's going to get to actually reach a Super Bowl?' And when I thought about that, it actually brought tears to my eyes."
Now, Rolle said, "It really doesn't matter to me if I play another down at safety again as a Giant. As long as we have a 'W,' at the end of the day, I'm good with that."