Our LB corp will be awesome, not only because of their talent, but also because of their leadership and emotion on the field. I think our biggest weakness is either size (made up for with speed) or experience (Hobson and Vilma).
[quote][i]Originally posted by JetsFan 51[/i]@May 1 2004, 05:01 PM
[b] the leader is definatly not Evans, he isnt even starting
I think it would be Hobson or Barton as the leader on D this year unless Vilma starts [/b][/quote]
don't think you need to start to be a leader
having that presence in the locker room and showing fire when you do get on the field means alot
[quote][i]Originally posted by pope[/i]@May 1 2004, 12:35 PM
[b] This defense will be lead by the LB corp as a whole.
Barton is fiery, Hobson was the leader at Mich., we know about Vilma as a leader of UM and I think Sam will be more vocal this year.
It's going to be a refreshing change to watch. [/b][/quote]
Pope is 100% right on this one. The LB corp as a group (Barton, Cowart, Vilma, Hobson) will ALL be on-field leaders, as would Tongue in the secondary and Evans (when he plays) on the Line.
While we DID lose veteran players, we DIDN'T lose veteran leadership. Both LB's (Lewis and Jones) were the "quiet and perform" types, who rarely led the D in that fiery Angry motivational kinda way. Same with lost CB Beasley, who was simply not a leader in any form.
Beyond those three, we didn;t lose any D Starters for 2004.
Not all Players even the one's who play great are Leaders!Not since
Bryan Cox was here have we had a "Real" Leader on D!! Chad is
the Leader on Offense..It will be interesting to see who rises to the
Challange this Year!! ;)
[quote][i]Originally posted by The Troll[/i]@May 1 2004, 06:32 PM
[b] I think Abe and Hobson will be the leaders. Once Vilma gets settled in, he becomes the leader of our defense, without question. [/b][/quote]
I think Abe, and Ellis too, to an extent, aren't going to be vocal leaders personality-wise. They'll lead by perfomance, but thats about it. As Savage points out, not all great players are leaders. And thats not a bad thing. You can't have 11 chiefs and no indians.
Evans, on the other hand, is a vocal leader, but when he gets suspended, he's not real effective in that role.
I think Hobson, Vilma, and Barton will wind up being leaders, but maybe not right away. It may take a while for them to grow into that role since they're all still pretty young.