I have been very impressed with Rob Ninkovich's emergence as one of the leaders on this defense this year, as he continues to fly under the "NFL radar," but has played to a very high level. Some numbers for Ninkovich through 10 games: 11 games played, 11 games started 2.5 sacks 2 INT's (with a huge defensive TD on a return thrown in for good measure) 2 fumble returns and the most impressive to me....4 passes defended so far This is a guy (like so many others) who defines what it means to represent this team. A guy who barely was even drafted in a low round, who flies under the radar, and who no one really even knows about outside of Boston. Yet he works hard, tackles well, does his job, and provides one heck of a spark in this defense...Oh yeah, he's one more player who gives pretty decent production on the cheap, which is another important factor. With the potential to really add to these numbers, as they are only through 11 games, he may not be the best kept secret on this defense by the end of the year.