The one thing that Tomlin/Colbert seem to keep missing on as we draft players and bring in FAs is finding guys that bring leadership to the club.
We don't seem to bring in guys like Farrior, Ward, Bus, Porter, Harrison, etc any more.
Instead of guys with an edge, we seem to be looking for more guys in the Timmons mold. And while it's great to have an athlete like Timmons on the field, what does a guy like that bring to the club to truly inspire others to be great.
Guys like Harrison and Ward brought an intensity that was infectious. Farrior and Bus brought passion to the game that was inspiring. Joey was such a loose cannon and spectacle, I credit him for taking all the pressure off Ben in XL by stealing the media focus and pointing it all on himself.
Even the rest of the roster has changed. We had loads of other characters on the roster over the years like Hampton and Foote who were highly competitive and energetic players on the field.
I can't quite put my finger on it, but there's a difference in the culture of this team since Tomlin took over. And it feels like we're slowly beginning to miss out on players that bring a certain attitude to the game.
Does it matter? Not sure. Seems like it might.