The Detroit Lions, like any team, depend on their team leaders to bring them success.
Unlike every team, the Lions actually have a lot of established and emerging team leaders ready to lead this team to the next level.
Sure, the Lions have a bunch of solid role players whose success will be important to the Lions in 2012. But as important as Nate Burleson's contributions will be, they pale in comparison to the of Calvin Johnson. I'd love to see production out of Willie Young, but I don't expect as much as I do out of Cliff Avril.
The Lions had some success last season, but losing in the wild card round of the playoffs is not what the Lions aspired for 2011, and they will surely be looking to better that outcome in 2012.
But if the Lions are going to win more than 10 games, challenge for the division title or win a playoff game, it's their leaders, not their role players, that will have to key that success.
So which guys are those leaders on which the Lions' 2012 success depends more than any other players?
We'll start with one everyone can agree on.