The Detroit Lions need several of their younger players to emerge as vocal leaders in order for them to take the next step as a contender, and to stay there. The Lions have taken huge steps in the past two seasons, and those steps have put them in a great place heading into the 2012 NFL season.
The Lions played a playoff game last year, which speaks volumes about where they are as a team. They are loaded on offense, and they have enough talent on their defensive line and linebacker groups that they should be very competitive in 2012.
Nate Burleson and Kyle Vanden Bosch came to the Detroit Lions in 2010, and they instantly became the vocal leaders of the team, along with Dominic Raiola. The time is now for younger players to step up and fill these roles, as the leaders that they have now are aging.
If the Lions are to take the next step forward and stay there for an extended time, the young players on this roster need to take over this team and make it theirs. There are many candidates on this roster who can become the voices of the team.
If these young players can become the vocal leaders on this team, then they will have taken a step to assure that they are here to stay for some time.