Fox: Jets need leaders more than captains

A letter on a jersey doesn't make a man a leader any more than the zeros at the end of his paycheck make him one, writes Ashley Fox. Being a leader isn't about being the richest guy in a locker room or the most popular or the best player or the one that has a C on his jersey. It is about being accountable and accessible -- in July when the spotlight isn't on and in December when it is at its brightest.

After the debacle that was the New York Jets' 2011 season, coach Rex Ryan has opted to do away with the NFL-wide practice of anointing captains. The Jets won't have any this season, not officially anyway.

Ryan doesn't need captains. But what he needs -- what every team needs -- is leaders, on offense, defense and special teams.