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Let's be real here. We haven't had what you could say is a firebrand type leader since the days of Jenkins, Barton and T. Smith.
For the past few years we've had a leadership by committee type of approach. And with Braxton as the de facto team leader, we have someone with an almost too cool demeanor. So who else is a potential candidate to take over and become that vocal, on-the-field coach/leader?
I have no clue at this point.
I'm talking about when the game gets tight and we're not advancing the ball down the field, a player who'll do what OL D.J. Fluker did two weeks ago in the $EC title game. The Tide were stagnant running the ball and down by 10. All of a sudden Fluker got fed up and lit into his offense right there on the field. You could see and almost hear the intensity piping through his helmet. After that, Lacey and Yeldon ran roughshod over UGA's defensive front. Just battered and bruised their LBers and secondary with their physical run game.
That's what I'd like to see here going forward. That person who'll either light a fire under the defense or offense when needed or necessary.
Hyde if he comes back. Shazier for sure. Roby if he comes back. Braxton, no doubt. These are just off the top of my head. New coaching staff. Young team, coming off a sub-par season. The questions were for this year and we went 12-0. No worries next season. NO WORRIES!
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Let's be real here. Leadership by committee? If you don't think Johnny Simon was a true leader of this football team last year, you haven't been watching.
Carlos Hyde if he stayes will be a true leader he has that fire and Warrior like mentality I think Philly Brown has grown on confidence for that and Shazier will follow along with Robey those guys will be ready to step on up if here!!! on the o line and D line I dont know yet...
Simon and Boren will go down as 2 of the best captains of all time for the way they led by example on and off the field!!! They will be folk heroes in 20 years...
My first thought is Hyde. He clearly wants to be 'the guy' and showed it plenty of times this year, carrying this team at times.
I don't think it's Shazier. I don't think he's wired that way. He reminds of the pitcher throwing a no-hitter. He comes off the field and and everyone just leaves him alone. Spellman if your will. Just turn him loose and stay out of his way.
Now, I have no idea why I'm about to throw this name into this, but I'm going to say Jamal Marcus. Maybe not next year, but I think this kid will be a 'face' of this team and soon.
Back to the OP...why not a group within a group, such as the O Line - not unlike the Hogs back in the day? They only lose Reid. They have Decker and Farris, and O'Connor, and Jacoby, and they have Mr. Warriner at the controls....think about it.
Linsley, Hyde, Corey Brown, and Miller on offense, but I think we need to see Devin Smith become one. He can be dazzling, but then too passive at other times. I think he needs to be pushed hard this winter again.
Defensively, Shazier, Roby if back, Barnett. I think Schutt could be a leader as he seems to have a fire in him. I do not trust Bryant to be the leader. It would be great to see Grant become a leader and say nobody is taking the Mike from me. IT'S MINE!!!!!! How hard can it possibly be to work hard, study film and learn the damn defense ovedr the next 9 months?
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Great point! Zach Boren changing position and tearing it up was something special. I know the guy played LB in highschool. He did'nt play it here for 4 years. I didnt golf for 1 year and the next time out I will see the whole course. It takes a leader to do what he did.
i think you'll see a big step up in terms of leadership from: philly brown and braxton miller on offense. on defense i think you'll see a step up from shazier and barnet. obviously im sure there will other guys who step up as leaders and leading doesnt always come in terms of vocal. im sure a guy like jack mewhort could be a great leader, but he's an offensive lineman so we dont hear about those guys very often
Barnett, Bryant, Hyde
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It's interesting you mention Bryant because I think he has the ability to become one. Now clearly before he can become that he can't continue commiting penalties and getting blown in coverage the way he has over the past two seasons.
But I think that if he can improve as a player and become more disciplined, he'll be one on the defense.
He's vocal and an intense competitor--two things you want in a team leader but again he has to clean up some of his deficiencies first and foremost.
I mentioned Bryant due to mental aspect. There is no doubt he improved immensely as the year went on, but he has a certain lack of maturity. He could'be been flagged twice for unsportsmanlike conduct on the drive where Barnett sealed the deal with a pick. If that stops, then I will say he will be a leader. He has an investment to make this winter. How he invests now will determine how much he wants to risk with taunting. I hope he invests wisely as the defense needs leaders. It will be talented, but young.
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