What Leaders Do

Players need to follow this mans lead

After a game that included 15 penalties for 101 yards, one player stood up and took responsibility for his play. Richie Incognito displayed leadership and accountability. He has played some of the best football at his position all year. According to Pro Football Focus (PFF) he is rated as the second best guard and in my opinion he should be Pro Bowl bound.

After his worst game as a Buffalo Bill he manned up and admitted that Eagles DT Fletcher Cox abused him. He stated the following:

“Fletcher Cox, he ate my lunch today,” Incognito said, via the Buffalo News.

According to PFF, Incognito gave up 1 sack and 4 QB hurries. What was even more costly were his penalties. Richie was called for two big penalties in the fourth quarter, a quarter where the offense didn’t score a point. 

When I watched film on the Eagles defense, Cox was definitely the guy the Bills needed to block. I believed that the Bills needed to account for him on just about every play just like they had done to Watt the week before. Here was my scouting report on Cox going into yesterdays game:

The most dangerous defender on the Eagles is defensive lineman Fletcher Cox. According to Pro Football Focus (PFF), Cox has the 3rd most total pressures (56) in the league from the 3-4 defensive end position. He sits right behind Muhammad Wilkerson and JJ Watt. Rushing the passer isn’t the only thing he does well. He has 28 tackles in the run game which ranks him 5th at his position. The guy is an absolute stud and not many people outside of Philadelphia know who he is.

Incognito went on to state the following in his post-game interview.

“He really shows up on film and makes a lot of plays. I got to see it first-hand today. He got me early and often. I didn’t play nearly up to my level. I’m man enough to say I didn’t play well enough for this team to win.Penalties late. Giving up a sack. That’s not a recipe for success.”

Going into the season I didn’t know what to expect from Incognito. I thought that he was wrongfully crucified in Miami for the “bullying incident”. He was vilified to the extreme, and the media ran with the narrative during a time when “bullying” was a national story. I am not surprised to hear that he is a great teammate and a model citizen. I LOVE his quotes after this game, that is the kind of accountability and leadership this team needs. His play at age 32 has definitely surprised me and I agree that he is a top re-signing priority this offseason.

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