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Old 10-01-2011, 09:55 AM   #1
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Do you have any young guys that have stepped into leadership roles on your unit?

"Malcolm Jenkins has been an amazing young man taking over at the back end and during the two weeks Will Smith wasn't' here. Malcolm was one of our defensive captains. He's a very vocal person. Leadership is earned by example before you listen to somebody's voice. It doesn't make any difference how old you are. People don't necessarily listen to older players that don't do things right. You have to set a good example before anybody's going to listen to you as far as verbal leadership. Malcolm deserves the opportunity for people to listen to him because of the example he sets. He's done a very good job with that."

Is Jonathan Vilma the same way?

"Vilma's our alpha dog. Vilma's the Drew Brees on the defense and he's been that way since I've been here. That's been something since I was before I got here. That was something he was at the University of Miami. I went down there and worked all those guys out. He was like that in high school. He and Frank Gore got into a fistfight in high school. They were on the same team and wanted to be the leader. You watch those guys out there at practice, it's fun to watch Drew (Brees) and Jon compete from a leadership standpoint, but again, example. It's not a sometimes thing. It's an all the time thing. Jon is our dominant defensive leader. Will Smith is a fantastic leader too. It's not always the best player, but the person who does right the most is the person who is going to be listened to the most because if you do right, somebody's going to listen to you."

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Old 10-01-2011, 10:48 PM   #2
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In my opinion our defense needs a game changing OLB to become top 5. We have a top notch talent and leader at every level, we just need something special on the outside who can get to the passer and use his speed to cover/run stop. Shanle and Herring do not excite me one bit. Great role players/character guys but not starter caliber.
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Originally Posted by lumm0x View Post
In my opinion our defense needs a game changing OLB to become top 5. We have a top notch talent and leader at every level, we just need something special on the outside who can get to the passer and use his speed to cover/run stop. Shanle and Herring do not excite me one bit. Great role players/character guys but not starter caliber.
Sooo true!!!
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We need to generate more pressure so the QB forces bad throws and when they do - catch the damn ball DB's

Im impressed with how jabari has been playing, i'm just pretty disappointed that we have 2 interceptions in 4 weeks, even though we have a good amount of sacks
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