It appears former Baltimore Ravens great Ray Lewis is struggling in retirement – not so much missing the on field action, but rather the off field leadership.
Lewis, who now works as an analyst for ESPN spoke about the Jacoby Jones incident last night, which resulted in the talented wide receiver being smashed over the head by a champagne bottle carrying stripper named ‘Sweet Pea. Lewis suggested that if he and former teammate Ed Reed (who now plays for the Houston Texans) were still around, it never would have happened:
Prior to the Denver Broncos’ win over the Oakland Raiders Monday night, Lewis said there is a leadership void in Baltimore after his and Ed Reed’s departures.
“We talk about the transition of losing so many guys, a guy like myself and Ed Reed and other guys that are based off leadership, I’ve said it earlier: ‘Where would the leadership come from?’” Lewis says in the video below. “Because the leadership being strong in the locker room and winning games, listen talent sometimes can win you games. But when you talk about what’s going on off the field, that’s the most important place where leadership steps up.
“When you think about the Baltimore Ravens and the transition that they went through, they’re missing leadership right now. When you have an incident like that, the first thing a leader is going to do is find some way to dissolve everything that’s going on and actually dissolve it before it comes to that type of head or even gets to this point. When you talk about the Baltimore Ravens they’re going to have to refocus and find some quick leaders in that locker room very quickly.”
Sure Ray, sure.