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06:54 AM ET 04.22 | At 26, he's young, he's also engaging, beloved by fans and newly signed -- and he just may be the next defensive leader in Green Bay. The Packers coaches expect their leadership void on defense to be filled by two players. With Charles Woodson no longer on the team, the Packers believe two linebackers will step up as leaders. The first is Clay Matthews, by virtue of the fact that he now is the big money man as well as the face of the defense. And the second is Desmond Bishop. He missed the 2012 season, but in 2011 was an emerging leader on the defensive front. Now, coaches say, Bishops leadership will be more valued than ever.

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April 22, 2013  07:53 AM ET

Um.......National Football Post, here's a newsflash. Here in Green Bay, even when Woodson WAS here, Matthews was ALREADY the leader of the team along with A-Rod. Woodson never was. He was one of the most liked players, but he was one of the quietest guys on the team.

April 22, 2013  08:06 AM ET

Young...

Engaging...

Beloved by fans...

Cool hair...


All attributes of a leader.

April 22, 2013  08:59 AM ET

I was thinking of the Shangra-Las from the title....

April 22, 2013  09:11 AM ET

After getting torched for 45 points by the 49ers in the playoffs, a new defensive leader is not a bad idea.

April 22, 2013  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

After getting torched for 45 points by the 49ers in the playoffs, a new defensive leader is not a bad idea.

Urlacher 2.0

April 22, 2013  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

After getting torched for 45 points by the 49ers in the playoffs, a new defensive leader is not a bad idea.

Without significant player or coaching changes, I'm not sure how the "leadership" change prevents that anyway

April 22, 2013  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Without significant player or coaching changes, I'm not sure how the "leadership" change prevents that anyway

I'm still not sure why they retain the services of Dom Capers. Not that I mind, though...

April 22, 2013  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I'm still not sure why they retain the services of Dom Capers. Not that I mind, though...

Most of us living here in Wisconsin are wondering the exact same thing.

April 22, 2013  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Most of us living here in Wisconsin are wondering the exact same thing.

He has a great name. Dom Capers. It just sounds right.

April 22, 2013  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Without significant player or coaching changes, I'm not sure how the "leadership" change prevents that anyway

Sometimes it costs a lot just to stay the same.

April 22, 2013  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I'm still not sure why they retain the services of Dom Capers. Not that I mind, though...

He was a top defensive coach at one time. However, it looks like the game has passed him by. That game against the 49ers was either a defense that was a deer in headlights or mailing it in. Either way, Capers should have been gone.

April 22, 2013  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Um.......National Football Post, here's a newsflash. Here in Green Bay, even when Woodson WAS here, Matthews was ALREADY the leader of the team along with A-Rod. Woodson never was. He was one of the most liked players, but he was one of the quietest guys on the team.

He was the locker room leader when they won the super bowl.

April 22, 2013  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I'm still not sure why they retain the services of Dom Capers. Not that I mind, though...

Unlike Dom Perignon, he attempts to produce every year. And fails.

April 22, 2013  11:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

He was the locker room leader when they won the super bowl.

As hard as it is to admit, that was over two years ago now. Woodson was the insrritational leader in a non-vocal way (lead by example - rarely ever saying anything). Matthews has always been the vocal leader and the inspirational leader along with Rodgers and Woodson.

April 22, 2013  02:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I was thinking of the Shangra-Las from the title....

Hey, any excuse to think of and/or listen to The Shangri-Las works for me.

April 22, 2013  02:20 PM ET

More like movie star, seems like this whole packer team went off to hollywood after that one super bowl, not sure they wil get there again.

April 22, 2013  02:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Young... Engaging... Beloved by fans... Cool hair... All attributes of a leader.

And a USC PED user. All attributes the **** love.....

April 22, 2013  03:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Young... Engaging... Beloved by fans... Cool hair... All attributes of a leader.

Isn't that the intro for the bachelor.

 
April 22, 2013  04:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

As hard as it is to admit, that was over two years ago now. Woodson was the insrritational leader in a non-vocal way (lead by example - rarely ever saying anything). Matthews has always been the vocal leader and the inspirational leader along with Rodgers and Woodson.

I know it was two years ago. But you said he was never the leader, just pointing out that he was.

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