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Friday, January 15, 2010
Video: Where's NE's defensive leadership?




The New England Patriots' defense will evolve significantly between now and the start of the 2010 season. Even before defensive coordinator Dean Pees announced he was leaving the team for personal reasons, there were questions to answer.

For ESPNBoston, former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi addressed the team's perceived lack of defensive leadership.

"Remember, your defense is young," Bruschi explains. "Jerod Mayo's only in his second year. Gary Guyton's in his second year. Brandon Meriweather's still developing to be a leader. Yes, you can add another veteran presence that can be a good leading force in the middle there, but these leaders will develop with time. There was a time when I didn’t know how to lead, either."