What does Suggs need to lead?

What does Suggs need to lead?
August 27, 2013, 8:30 pm
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Suggs is the new leader of the Ravens defense

There's no textbook or formula on what's needed to take over as the leader of a sports team. 

It can be done quietly or with fanfare or mixing both styles. Terrell Suggs is taking over as the leader of the Ravens' defense, filling in for long-time top guy Ray Lewis. And so far, Suggs has gotten off to a very good start. 

Suggs has some advantages over others who might have tried to do the job. First of all, he's already well-known and well-respected in the locker room. He was the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 and has been an outstanding pass rusher since joining the Ravens. 

Plus, he's got the kind of personality that makes people look and listen. He's not a "look-at-me" person. Suggs will make you look and laugh at the same time. That's what good leaders in any job of business do. They get your attention. 

Suggs also knows how to go over to teammates on the field and tell them what to do. He does it quietly or he can do it more forcefully. Good leaders on a football team must get certain messages across, something Lewis proved to be great at. 

But more than anything, leaders have to be able to deal with the heat that comes with being in the spotlight. Lewis thrived under it; he loved it. A lot of players are quiet leaders who stay away from the lights, and that works also. But when you have a player who handle the pressure and help guide a group, that's something special. 

Terrell Suggs is stepping in for a legend this year. He can't be Ray Lewis, and here's betting he won't try. However, if he keeps doing what he's been doing so far, the veteran linebacker will fill the shoes of Lewis without any problems at all.