Folks may question Justin Tuck's leadership, but no one can impune his patience when it comes to questions about leadership. The defensive captain was asked again yesterday about the L word and whether it is an issue for the Giants.
"I think it's overblown," he said, although he did admit that there might be some people in the locker room who disagree ("Depends on who you ask," was how he began his answer).
But then Tuck patiently spoke about the subject. Again.
"I said it before, and I think people have gotten leadership misunderstood," he said. "Everyone thinks a good definition of leadership is how much you talk. I disagree with that. I think the leaders on this football team go out every day and bust their butts on the practice field, the weight room, and the meeting room. That’s what leadership is about. It’s about leading, it isn’t about talking. If it was about talking, they would call it ‘Talkingship’ or something.
"We feel confident in our leadership. Obviously it can get better, but I’ve been on teams that didn’t have great leadership and won games. It wasn’t an excuse. I have been on teams that have had great leadership and lost games. That’s when it comes to the forefront. We start winning football games and you’ll find something to talk about."