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It's clear ... Leaders Needed - Extra Points - Boston.com
Tully was here in 2004, so he knows what he's talking about.
It's worth remembering just how rare guys like Bruschi and Rodney are. Just more reason to really cherish the run, especially the 03-04 dominance. It will take some time to get close to that type of leadership back, but the first step is experience.
There's something contradictory about the whole article, though.
Is leadership an inherent quality unique to specific individuals, or is it a byproduct of making the plays when they need to be made?
Rodney Harrison was a vocal player on and off the field, but he also had an amazing gift for making the big plays.
Moss has made monster plays time and time again for the Patriots, but is not considered a vocal leader. If anything he's still trying to shake a primadonna reputation (I don't agree with that rep).
Compare them both to Junior Seau today -- Junior is a vocal player, but he's not making many plays on the field as a reserve LB.
In light of the article, is Junior a leader on the Patriots? Obviously respected due to his HOF accomplishments, but can he be a leader if he's not making plays? If the seemingly quiet Mayo starts making higher-impace plays, does that automatically make him a leader? Or is there really an intangible about specific guys -- i.e. Bryan Cox -- that just makes them better leaders? If so, how do you go about drafting/acquiring that kind of player?
Seau was more like a coach than a player. He hardly saw the field.
When youre a leader like Harrison and Bruschi and youre vocal out there, making big plays, leading by example, that has a greater impact on younger guys and players that are less vocal. It transcends into the locker room.
I will never forget Bryan Cox. Not the most gifted player but backed up his talk. Shawn Springs would have got his axx kicked for laughing at a blown coverage if Cox was playing on this team.
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