Over the past year or two, we've heard general euphemisms regarding a "lack of leadership" in the team. What---specifically--does this mean?
The reason I ask is because although I haven't been around our program and I haven't been on a football team, I have been on other sports teams. And the successful ones had just the right balance of chemistry between work ethic, encouragement, but then guys keeping each other accountable also, but in a way that doesn't generate resentments and cliques within the team. Obviously with a large team some closer groups of friends will form, but at least you don't want animosity between groups. But at the same time teams need to keep things loose and fun so it isn't merely a brutal grind day in & day out to the point where people get burned out or dread every day of practice.
It's a complex balancing act, which means when people say "a lack of leadership" it could be a whole host of issues.
Is it a lack of work ethic? Are the guys partying too hard, not holding each other (including themselves) accountable, and suffering from BMOC disease? Or is it the opposite? Are guys taking things too seriously, wound up too tight to the point where there's no comradarie and team pride, and back-biting, blame shifting, practices are just grinds where everybody is on edge, etc?
Again, I'm by no stretch an insider, nor do I know the dynamic of the team currently. But I kept hearing the "lack of leadership" euphemism over last year, once in a blue moon you get hints from certain players in the media that we didn't "play like a family" but otherwise the euphemism stays just that--a euphemism.
And I don't want to air dirty laundry or stir things up regarding specific players on this board. I'm just wondering what people were referring to specifically with our team over the past year or two when they say "lack of leadership". Is it one or two common problems we keep having? Or just a hodgepodge of small reasons? Could people use concrete examples--even if specific player names are not used (example: player X does this; player Y and Z respond by doing that).