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Willie weighs in on leadership void

Posted by Albert Breer  January 15, 2010 06:21 PM

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"Not a lot of those guys are there anymore. Some of the guys are -- Vince and Ty understand it. But the other guys are young."'

And here, it seems, is the part that everyone seems to miss ... It wasn't about having a leader or two back then. It was that everyone had a stake in the leadership.

Want to know why it's hard to replace? McGinest says it's that, right there.

"Before, it was (Tedy) Bruschi, myself, Ted Johnson, Richard, Ted Johnson, Rodney (Harrison), Vrabel, Ty Law -- We had them across the board," McGinest said. "We competed against each other, that was the thing between us. What I'd say is that when critical things were happening, we'd say, 'They are not scoring. They are not running, they are not consistently throwing.' Did we give up rushing yards? Yeah. Did we give up some big plays? Sure. But we didn't do it consistently.

"My point is, it wasn't one guy, it was everyone. We knew, no matter what the situation was, everyone would put all personal, selfish things elsewhere, and put everything into putting the team first. We all understood that through team success, there'd be a lot of individual success. We bought in, and it came to fruition."
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