Justin Tuck spoke about not being able to fill the leadership void. And Jeff Feagles – yes, a punter, but a veteran of 22 NFL seasons – said that leadership “was probably missing a little bit.”
“We’ve heard about that a lot this year,” Feagles said of leadership. “When you lose some quality guys in leadership positions, some guys need to step up and take that role.”
But not everyone agrees that there was an issue. Center Shaun O’Hara – an undisputed leader on the team himself – said the leadership vacuum was mostly a media concoction and not a reality in the Giants’ locker room.
“It’s interesting, the only people I hear saying that are people who aren’t in this locker room,” he said. “I think when you’re on the outside looking in, you throw everything you can against the wall and you see what sticks. I’ll never believe that there’s a void in leadership whether you’re talking about the coaching staff, coach Coughlin, or the players in this locker room. I think there was a void in execution.”
To be fair, O’Hara deals mostly with the offensive players while the others do not. And the biggest losses in leadership this season did occur on defense. But it is interesting that not even the team’s leaders can agree about how much leadership there is on the Giants.