On the field, Tom Brady is the undisputed leader of the New England Patriots.
But when it comes to emotional leadership on the sidelines or in the locker room, things aren't so crystal clear.
If you watched the Super Bowl XLVI edition of "Sound FX" on NFL Network, you saw as plain as day that the Patriots were emotionally disjointed and ruffled on the sidelines. Even Brady was frazzled at times. The team desperately could've used a voice of strength and determination to carry them to the finish line.
Who's the emotional leader of the team? Tough to say. Right now, it's a rough mixture of Brady, Vince Wilfork and Andre Carter. Matthew Slater is developing into that role as well. But for the most part, there is no single voice that really speaks clearly and confidently when things are falling apart.
The lack of a true emotional leader doesn't seem to affect the Patriots during the regular season. No matter how far behind they fall in a given game, they manage to make the necessary adjustments and retain their confidence in a way that allows them to storm back and win.
But this hasn't carried over to the playoffs in recent years.
The Patriots look like a Super Bowl team throughout every regular season, then fall short in the postseason. In that sense, one could argue that they have a tendency to collapse. It's the only rational way to explain how a team that can win between 13 and 16 games standing on their head hasn't won a ring since 2004.
In their last few losses in the playoffs, the Patriots have demonstrated a total inability to make the proper adjustments that win big games. The Patriots lost Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI because they couldn't adapt to what the Giants were doing.
Playoff losses to the Ravens and Jets were further examples of their inability to demonstrate their knack for in-game adjustments which they so poetically and consistently nail during the regular season.
What Tebow lacks in a tangible sense, he makes up for in rather intangible ways. He's a lot like Boston Celtics' coach Doc Rivers.
Both of them have a soothing effect on their teams, almost like they're psychiatrists. In even the worst situations, their attitude seems to be, "Don't worry, we'll win." And their teams really believe them.
Everyone has a favorite sports movie, and in each one there's a famous locker-room speech. Those inspirational speeches are given in real life, but none of any effective nature seemed to transpire in New England's locker room during our last three games against the Giants.
That disturbs me. I want that fixed.
The Packers had Charles Woodson to give that speech when it mattered most. I want the guy who will give that speech the next time we find ourselves in the Super Bowl.
For whatever reason, Tebow has a way of making teammates believe in him and in themselves. He fills his guys with supreme confidence and puts fire in their belly. Even if he goes the entire 2012 season without taking a single snap as a quarterback, he can still provide that voice.
That alone is a good reason to consider him.