Leadership

Kwame Lassiter preached leadership after being introduced by the San Diego Chargers on Tuesday. Leadership takes many forms. From on the field to off the field, leadership can permeate through the ranks and breed solid character and work ethic. Lassiter just became a Charger -- Can we expect him to bear the sole responsibility for the defense? Hardly -- and remember it all starts from the top.

AJ Smith and Marty Schottenheimer paced the sidelines together for a while as the sessions kicked off. Checking out the new acquisitions, they seemed content with the state of the team. As the ultimate leaders of the Chargers, they seemed at ease after months of hard work to put this team together.

Marcellus Wiley was on the field today getting his reps in. While he was not prevalent in many drills, his mere presence will inspire confidence. He will also lighten up practices with his loud singing (and not very good by the way) and positive attitude. Wiley is the first man to congratulate someone for a job well done and during stretching exercises he is famous for singing the San Diego Super Chargers song.

If you have yet to hear him sing, you likely will on Saturday.

On the other side, Ray Lee Johnson appears to be more animated. Today he was chasing Jesse Chatman downfield hounding him to no end, tapping his hands trying to knock the ball out and pulling on his arms before finally twirling him around. They both laughed and the camaraderie being developed is something to behold.

Kwamie Lassiter took to his mentor role quickly. Playing safety, he was directing traffic amongst the secondary pointing and yelling for players to get into position. That experience and willingness to communicate can do wonders for the Chargers defense.

Terrence Kiel assumed the same role as the deep man back today. While on the field, he positioned his secondary for the coming play and the results of Lassiter seemed immediate. Kiel may not be one of the leaders on the team just yet, but his future is bright if he takes the advice of the elder statesmen on the team.

Drew Brees has already taken Tim Dwight aside to confer with him after a miscommunication on a route resulted in an incompletion. He continues to talk with his players before each play to ensure they have the same mindset going into each play. That will pay off in the end as they shake the rust and get on the same page.

First year Bolt, David Boston spends time with the receivers talking tactics. He is teaching them to shed blocks off the line and run solid routes. The biggest thing he brings is his work ethic thus far. He has hustled every play and gotten knocked down more than anyone. Yet, he still gets up, brushes himself off and trots back to the huddle as if it is his first year.

All this through the first couple weeks of OTA's and training camp has yet to even begin. As we move closer to camp, expect even more players to take on the leadership role that is spreading through the team like wildfire. As Lassiter so eloquently said on Tuesday, "If they see you working hard it is almost impossible to slouch."

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net or via the following link: Denis Savage

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