What little enthusiasm I had, sunk when I heard Celek say that. How can every team member be a leader?? Sheesh.
I'm sure you know the answer already, but the reality is this kind of mindset can only set in when there are no
Take their defense...the only two guys with any history of leadership capability are Jenkins and Ryans. Both of them are, essentially, mercenaries on this team. I imagine Jenkins is gone after this year and Ryans has a chance to take over that role after he's here long enough, but leadership takes time to cultivate.
On offense, Vick should be the leader, but he's not playing well and he, again, hasn't been in his role very long. I truly believe you can't be a leader if you aren't playing you haven't proven your worth to the team over a period of time by excelling at your role. That's not the only element to it, but if other guys don't respect what you do and believe in you on the field, they can't follow you or defer to you off of it. After Vick, the next guy up would probably be Shady, but he's still young and doesn't seem like a "leader" to me.
What about special teams?
It's a bad situation. A lot of things were different when this team used to be relevant, but think about the faces of the team. McNabb, early on, was a franchise player and a playmaker who often put the under-talented offense on his back. Say what you will about him, but that team knew their prospects every week on offense came down to what Donovan was able to do for them. Trotter. Dawkins. Runyan. Tra. Hugh. Duce. Chad Lewis. Ike Reese. Troy Vincent.
Any one of those guys would be the best leader on this team and they were all on the same roster. The guys on the roster right now are more talented than the 53 guys on the roster back then, but they are gutless, whiny, individuals with no concept of what it's like to be a team and no one to show them.
I like Celek and I'm not killing him...he's not the problem. What he said explains it all, though, whether he understood that or not.