Lovie's Leaders

The Bucs biggest issue within their organization is that they lack true leaders within their locker-room. They have a collection of talented players, but none of which who knows how to lead and inspire greatness in their teammates. Those same leaders the Bucs are lacking are the same players that would be holding other players accountable in the locker-room if mistakes were made on the field.

The Bucs biggest issue within their organization is that they lack true leaders within their locker-room. They have a collection of talented players, but none of which who knows how to lead and inspire greatness in their teammates. Those same leaders the Bucs are lacking are the same players that would be holding other players accountable in the locker-room if mistakes were made on the field.

It was no surprise to me to hear Lovie Smith disagree with my assessment.

"The best form of leadership is better play on the football field and for everyone leading that way," Lovie Smith said on Monday.

Let me get this straight, as long as there is "better play on the football field" you have a chance to be a leader? That's a joke, right?

In any business there are leaders and there are followers. It's safe to say that case is even more prevalent in the game of football. Every football team has their role players. There are the starters, the backups, the specialists, and the stars, but there is also a special group of two or three that are the true leaders of the organization. Three players who hold the rest of the team accountable.

Let's go back to 2002. Were Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp, and John Lynch leaders because they had "better play on the football field" or because they made sure every player in their locker-room was held accountable for doing their job.

The 49ers played on Monday night football. They have a great collection of talented players, but only Patrick Willis, Justin Smith, and Vernon Davis are their true leaders. They hold everyone else accountable.

Those same leaders will make sure their teammates are ready to play.

"It’s game day; you gotta have a fight, and today we didn’t have that fight," Lavonte David said after Sunday's loss to the Ravens.

Believe it or not, it was refreshing to hear David's remarks because it let the fans know that someone in that locker-room truly cared.

Lovie Smith disagreed.

"I’ve seen the most fired up football team around before the game that didn’t play well and I’ve seen teams that were more subdued before, that have really played well," Lovie Smith said.

Well, the Bucs have come out flat all season long and have a 1-5 record. Here's hoping they figure out how to get excited about games before they actually start.


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