Rice ready to take on larger leadership role
One of the holes the Ravens will need to fill in 2013 is that of leader. Ray Lewis pretty much held that role for a long time with help from others like Ed Reed.
Now another player -- or players -- need to step up.
When asked about this last week, Terrell Suggs told the media that it will be interesting to see how this all plays out, especially since the Ravens are really an experienced team that's been through the wars.
"We’re a very unique locker room. I think everyone knows their positions and their place," Suggs said. "I don’t think there’s any pressure on any one man to do it. We have all been around here long enough to know what needs to be done and if something needs to be said, who is appropriate to address something."
But many will look, especially on defense, to Suggs as the man who steps up as the leader. He's been there, done that. The players respect him, and he knows the way things work in the NFL and Baltimore.
Suggs could easily move into a bigger leadership role. He'd be a perfect fit. He can talk to the players, coaches and media and get his message acrosse. Suggs is a great communicator, something any leader at any job needs.
However, Suggs also has the self-confidence to make sure he does NOT try to be Lewis. Suggs and some others will be the people others look to for guidance during the long season. It's going to be interesting to see how this all plays out.
We are a veteran team. There are a lot of guys in this locker room who are going to have to do some stepping up, not just me.”