Takeo Spikes is gone! He was slow and was running on fumes anyway, but he did bring an emotional leadership to the defense that nobody else on the roster has. Shaun Phillips may have been able to fill that role, but he is a free agent and probably won’t be brought back.
Eric Weddle will probably be named the defensive captain, but he doesn’t really strike me as the emotional leader type. Defensive captain, but not so much emotional leader.
The rest of the guys on the defensive side of the ball are young, but one of them will have to step up and take control. Someone will have to be that vocal guy. Melvin Ingram, Corey Luiget, Kendall Reyes?
Of everyone that is on the defensive side of the ball, Donald Butler would be my favorite to step up and be the emotional leader. At least for the upcoming season.
Props to Pels04 for bringing up the topic.