View Full Version : Who will emerge as new leaders on the Steelers?

03-06-2012, 11:42 AM
So, according to Tomlin recently: C Maurkice Pouncey (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/players/playerpage/1273188/maurkice-pouncey), DE Brett Keisel (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/players/playerpage/302066/brett-keisel) and S Ryan Clark (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/players/playerpage/303349/ryan-clark) are a few vets he expects to lead now. “I would refer to it as a leadership transition [and not a void],” Tomlin told Steelers.com. “The leadership is going to be provided and … it's going to come from someplace new. Someplace different.”

With guys like Ward, Smith and Farrior now gone the leadership on defense especially will be changing both on and off the field. Who do you guys think the team will look too in key situations now?

K Train
03-06-2012, 12:07 PM
veteran leadership in sports is very overrated, someone will step up and someone always does.

03-06-2012, 12:24 PM
Isn't Ben the face of this team so to speak? Where's his name or is still too mad to be a leader?

Real Deal Steel
03-06-2012, 12:47 PM
On defense, I"m looking for Woodley to take more of a leadership role. And I think Woirlds will emerge as a leader too.

BlacknGold Bleeder
03-06-2012, 10:28 PM
Keisel and Troy on defense...Ben, should step up now, and Miller

03-06-2012, 11:43 PM


03-07-2012, 12:25 AM
In addition to Ben, I look for Kiesel, Heath, CLark, and Ike.

Real Deal Steel
03-07-2012, 10:22 AM


I think it's quit possible. A full training camp, increase in play,....yeah, I think Worilds will ultimately seize the moment and be one of the leaders.

K Train
03-07-2012, 11:44 AM
im not really sure worilds is a lock to make the team lol

peoples say troy, troy isnt a leader. hes a playmaker but that doesnt mean leader, hes no where near vocal enough in any regard.

ben and pouncey, timmons and woodley seem logical

Real Deal Steel
03-07-2012, 12:14 PM
You don't have to be vocal to be a leader necessarily. You can lead by hard work.

03-07-2012, 10:40 PM
Ryan Clark

03-07-2012, 11:21 PM
Troy even admitted himself that he's not a vocal leader. He's a playmaker on the field, no doubt about it but he's a quiet guy, not a fire up the troops type of player. I think he'll have a role in leadership but it's not his forte.

Woodley is a good choice, but I also think Foote can easily slide into that role. He's been there done that and has the experience to back it up.

03-08-2012, 10:07 AM
Foote, Woodley and Clark on D- Ben needs to be a vocal leader along with Pouncey and I think Antonio Brown can lead by example!

03-09-2012, 02:08 AM
I've heard big ben mic'd up and he sounds like a terrible leader. But I guess him and brown are the best option for offense

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03-09-2012, 02:50 AM
i have to say, ive been fairly impressed with hightower. most mocks that ive seen have him going to us and i cant say that that disappoints me. after watching some interviews with him he seems to be quite a bit more intelligent than i had expected. should we pick him, i think that at some point he will become a leader for us. probably not this year, i think its a pretty good bet that he wont step into a leadership role immediately, but from what ive seen he appears to be very capable of becoming a leader in a relatively short amount of time.

03-09-2012, 08:00 AM
hightower will end up rookie of the year defense, pro bowl, leader, mvp on defense... we just wont pick him.

every year i pick my favorite and we dont get him, so im picking konz...

03-09-2012, 08:49 AM
The ghost of Bruce Arians will be all the leadership we need:)

03-09-2012, 09:30 AM
I don't claim to know all the politics governing the huddle, but Pouncey should put his foot down and put the leadership role thing to rest for the offense. Big Ben is the crunch time guy but for the grind, i would look to Pouncey if i were a player. both are leaders from what I can tell and we all know Ben will want to succeed at all costs (see Cleveland game last year). On defense, Keisel should hold court. Polamalu is a different type of leader, one who is instinctive, which is usually hard to teach. Between Woodley and Keisel, I think leadership is not lacking in the LeBeau kingdom.

03-09-2012, 01:01 PM
The ghost of Bruce Arians will be all the leadership we need:)

Our redzone offense goes from a F to a C..

03-09-2012, 01:09 PM
Our redzone offense goes from a F to a C..Here's a good one....Timmons on Def, and Brown on Off?

03-11-2012, 11:01 PM
Hampton is still going to be a leader on the defense for as long as he's there. He's one of the few left with the experience of having played in the league for 10+ years and all with the Steelers.

03-12-2012, 12:04 AM
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03-27-2012, 09:16 AM
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — It is impossible to quantify, yet ill-advised to ignore.
That is why leadership was taken into account before the Steelers released longtime captains James Farrior and Hines Ward as well as Aaron Smith, another veteran that commanded respect from his teammates.

It is also why the Steelers' anticipation of what happens off the field may rival the competition that takes place on it leading up to the 2012 season.

"It will be interesting to see whose team this becomes because James Farrior was the team leader, not just the defensive leader, so we'll see who steps up," Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said. "To me it's wide open, but it's something you can never predict because you never know who is going to show up when it's really required."
That is not the only reason why leadership looms as such an X-factor with the Steelers.

Turnover may be inevitable in a league where the average career span is less than four years, but the Steelers' offseason purge cost them three captains.

Farrior, an inside linebacker and defensive quarterback, and Ward, the Steelers' all-time leading receiver, had been captains for a combined 15 seasons. Arnaz Battle, released before Farrior and Ward, joined them as a special teams captain last season.

"I can't sit here and say, 'This is our leader,'" Colbert said. "We're looking for that right now."
The good news for the Steelers is they still have a significant veteran presence in their locker room. Even better: They are not new to the transition that takes place when core players from championship teams have to be replaced.
"We went through this during the '70s," Steelers chairman emeritus Dan Rooney said Monday while taking a break during the NFL owners' meetings.

The Steelers had to replace defensive tackle Joe Greene and linebackers Andy Russell and Jack Ham following the run that produced four Super Bowl titles.

Rooney and Steelers president Art Rooney II said they expect quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, a two-time captain, to take on more of a leadership role this season. And the elder Rooney said, "You still have (nose tackle) Casey (Hampton). He's a good leader."
One thing Steelers brass seems to agree on is that leadership can't be forced or conferred upon any one player.
The Steelers could not have guessed that Farrior, who signed with the franchise in 2002, would blossom into the unquestioned leader of a team that won two Super Bowls.

"It can't be something where you just say, 'OK, you're the leader,'" Rooney II said. "The leader has to really be someone that the players buy into. I think we have quite a few good young players who are the kind of players who can be leaders on the team, and we still have veteran players who can play that role, too. But it's something that evolves, and it can't be artificial. It's got to be something that just develops as the chemistry of the team develops every year."

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