The Mathis situation made me start thinking about who are the leaders on this team. I fall on the side that thinks the greatest leaders are born to lead and it's not a personality trait that is easily learned. I think with astronauts and pilots it's called the "right stuff". Some leaders are vocal and some lead by example. I think the best leaders are a combination of both. Is Mathis a leader? I love the guy, he's a hometown boy who has excelled in high school, college, and pro, all in his own backyard. He's also a playmaker, at least he was a couple of years ago. But I don't think he's a leader. I don't know if there is a real leader on our defense. Heyward is a leader but age and injuries has limited his time to lead. Daryl Smith is a really good and consistent linebacker, but he doesn't strike me as a leader. Donovan Darius was a great leader. Mike Peterson was a great leader. Tony Brackens was a leader. Marcus Stroud was a leader. Great leaders lead differently, some more demonstrative than others, however, you can usually tell who the leaders are after watching a game. The good news is that I think Alualu and Morrison will lead this defense.