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Dallas Clark is ready to be a leader

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Peyton Manning may not lead by example, but the example of leadership that he established in Indianapolis will soon be put to use by one of the men he led.

Tight end Dallas Clark, who joined the Buccaneers last month, looks forward to his transition from a situation in which he wasn’t expected to be a leader to one in which he definitely will be.

“That’s the part that I recognize and something I haven’t been a part of,” Clark told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday night (via JoeBucsFan.com).  “My whole career I’ve been part of a veteran-based team.  It kind of excited me to be that leader and that role player on a team, a team that is full of young talent that can flat play ball.  It’s been exciting to get out here in practices and learning the system and getting to know these guys.  It’s a lot of fun.  It’s an exciting and energetic environment.”

The Buccaneers unexpectedly won 10 games in 2010, but they collapsed last season, after getting off to a fairly solid start.  Coach Greg Schiano pointed last week during an appearance on PFT Live to inconsistency as the reason for the poor finish.  That’s likely one of the realities of having young players.  Clark and other new veterans like Vincent Jackson and Carl Nicks can help demand consistency and maturity and focus and all the things that a young player may not be from the many young players the Bucs have.

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5 Responses to “Dallas Clark is ready to be a leader”
  1. highonluck says: Jun 8, 2012 8:52 AM

    Watching every Colts game last year was both hard and revealing of the teams character. There was no leadership from the front office, the coaches, or many of the players including Dallas Clark. He had a terrible year and it was as much his fault as it was every one else on the team despite the QB situation. Even Jeff Saturday couldn’t raise the offensive team morale. Good luck all of sudden becoming a leader in Tampa, Dallas Clark.

  2. dexterismyhero says: Jun 8, 2012 9:08 AM

    Good for Dallas. Was always a class act in Indy.

    Keep those young guys out of Mons Venus Dallas!!!!

  3. bucrightoff says: Jun 8, 2012 9:15 AM

    I’m so very glad to be transitioning from the “Let’s go to the club” days of the Raheem era to the “You better be damn accountable” days of the Schiano era. So glad to have actual leaders like Clark, VJax and Nicks on this team.

  4. gotampabay52 says: Jun 8, 2012 10:11 AM

    We are on the right track

  5. ksmith013 says: Jun 8, 2012 11:15 AM

    Clark will be a good veteran leader for this young Buc team. Happy to see this new Schiano order in full effect. @bucrightoff funny you say “Let’s go to the club”, day’s after a 31-3 loss to the Panthers, I would see (not going to say names) but “head” coaching staff out partying in south tampa bars. As a season ticket holder, that crap ticked me off, I would just shake my head and think to myself, what. a. joke. these coaches are.

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