Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher retired after the 2013 season, leaving the team with a void in leadership. Fletcher was a vocal leader and defensive staple, and quarterback Robert Griffin III thinks he and other Redskins can fill the leadership void.
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“When I came in, London was the guy,” Griffin told Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier on 106.7 The Fan, via the Washington Post. “He played with such a passion and a fire in his heart that guys were drawn to that. I think after my rookie year, I was able to establish that voice. And then after what we went through last year, and you have to stand there and take the stones and everything that’s being thrown at you, I think you earn a little bit more respect from your teammates. I think it’s something that will naturally happen.
“We have leaders on the defensive side of the ball that can step up and fill that void that London left emotionally, with his passion and everything. Barry Cofield, Stephen Bowen, we’ve got new guys in Jason Hatcher, Ryan Clark — these guys are all ready to take on that void. But you better believe, when we’re in the middle of the field, or in the middle of our huddle before a game, I’ll definitely be one of those guys that’s in there talking. And not just talking to talk. But a guy that is an emotional leader for this football team, and that’s something that I truly treasure because those guys have voted me captain.”