Bruschi: Defensive leaders will develop

Patriots' Defense In Need Of Leaders (0:46)

Bruschi on the young defense and emerging leaders (0:46)

One of the biggest criticisms of the Patriots toward the end of the season and in the aftermath of their first-round playoff ouster has been a lack of leadership. It’s a topic quarterback Tom Brady touched on earlier this week, and something ESPN analyst and former Patriot Tedy Bruschi shared his thoughts on as well in the video above.

Bruschi acknowledged the team has adequate leadership on the offensive side of the ball with Brady and veteran running back Kevin Faulk, and said the following about the defense:

“Defensively, you lost a lot of leaders this year. Myself, Rodney Harrison, Richard Seymour, Mike Vrabel. But remember, your defense is young, Jerod Mayo is only in his second year, Gary Guyton is in his second year, Brandon Meriweather is still developing to be a leader. Yes, you can add another veteran presence that can be a good leading force in the middle there, but these leaders will develop with time. There was a time when I didn’t know how to lead, either."