Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has told quarterback Joe Flacco that it’s time for him to fill the leadership void created by the retirement of Ray Lewis.
Running back Ray Rice doesn’t need to be told that it’s time to step up.
“A leadership role is something I definitely don’t mind taking upon now, because I was mentored by one of the greatest leaders probably ever to play the game in Ray Lewis,” Rice said Sunday, via Rick Carpinello of USA Today.
“A lot of his leading was by example, and when he spoke, everybody listened because they had that respect for him,” Rice said of Lewis. “So I think being a leader comes with how much respect people have for you. These guys look at the way I work and they understand that my actions are going to show on the field.”
There’s plenty of room for both Flacco and Rice to both lead the team. As long as they’re on the same page about the direction in which the locker room is going.
Based on how they’ve performed since entering the league together in 2008, it’s safe to say they are.