Who here also believes that one important piece missing in our defense is a leader. That one or two guys who consistently make plays and whom the other teammates look up to and are inspired by?
I remember in the 80s we had all kinds of them, Taylor, Banks, Reasons, Marshall, etc. Changing of the guard saw it go from them to guys like Michael Brooks, Jessie Armstead, Michael Barrow. Then Strahan came into his own and later Antonio Pierce then Justin Tuck and Antrell Rolle. Those guys may not all have been pro bowlers every year but I remember they were a force not only on the field but in the locker room. Some didn't start out that way but they grew into the rolls of leaders and I think it helped the guys around them play better than maybe they were capable of playing...simply by being in the presence of these leaders.
That is another thing this team has lacked for awhile now. I thought Landon Collins was going to be that guy but then the powers that be saw him go to Washington. We don't seem to have any defensive player at this point who can guide this defense on and off the field as a player. Someone who can push the other guys to be better. A leader. Someone who boosts morale by the way he plays and conducts himself off the field as well. I hope we can find a guy or guys like that soon, or a couple of guys already on the roster develop into those rolls.