Unless/until someone can step in and vill that void, this team will be lucky to earn a play-off spot. More than anything else (IMO), the lack of leadership is what hurt them the most last season. They had decent enough talent to win, but what they needed was someone to bring it all together on the field. I know Bill tried to bring Seau back mid season for that very reason, but it just didnt work out. Big Sey - The Leader on the Dline. Gone. Bruschi and Vrabel - The Leaders of the LB core. Gone. Rodney- Leader of the DB's. Gone. All in the same offseason! That kind of veteran leadership turnover in one year really hurt this team more than I think anyone anticipated. The coaching staff included. It left them without an idenity. Now im not saying that those guys would have made a difference or that it was a bad decision to move on from them. Not at all. I just think that not having any veterans in place to fill the void (like he has in years past) was a big mistake. And the fact that they have not corrected it going into this season scares me. That D has looked lost all preason. Eyeryone just standing around looking at the next guy. Mayo seems like he is trying... but for everytime he corrects Spikes he seems to have a brain fart of his own. So the question is, who do you all think has what it takes to step up and bring this unit together?