There's no question that defensive end Michael Strahan and Antonio Pierce were the leaders on defense for the Giants' 2007 Super Bowl team. But now that he's been away from the game for two years, Strahan says it's time for Justin Tuck to emerge as his heir apparent. Strahan recently told the New York Post's Paul Schwartz that he fully expects Tuck to become that guy, but then he sort of contradicted himself.
"You can't make somebody do something they may not want to do," Strahan told Schwartz. He can do it and he probably doesn't want to do it. The thing is, if you're a star player in New York City and you're going to get all the perks of being a star, you're going to be seen everywhere and everybody's going to respect you and everybody's going to say, 'You're great, you're great, you're great,' and you want to be treated like a star then you need to be one.
"The reluctance I don't understand. To me, if you want to win, you'll do whatever is required for you to win. If it requires you to step out of your comfort zone and to be more vocal and step on some toes in order to inspire and motivate guys, that's what the heck you got to do. Hell, that's what I did and I didn't apologize to nobody for it."
Well, some players simply aren't going to be as vocal as Strahan. But in his own way, Tuck's seen as a leader in the Giants' locker room. And it's not like he's running from reporters. Tuck's one of the better quotes on the roster. I'm not really sure Strahan's on the right track here.
What do you guys think?