With Dawkins Gone, Quintin Mikell Believes Others Will Lead

With Dawkins Gone, Quintin Mikell Believes Others Will Lead
March 3, 2009, 5:15 am
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Brian Dawkins and Donovan McNabb have very different styles. Dawkins epitomizes the term "wearing emotions on your sleeve" while McNabb is a master in the art of passive-aggressiveness. But in their own ways, they are both leaders. With Dawkins now house hunting in Denver -- I'm sure Iverson's old digs are still available -- the Eagles defense will need someone to step up and take the reins. Quintin Mikell believes that he and his teammates will be able to meet the challenge.

Chris McPherson, he of Spadaro ilk, caught up with Q on Monday and got his thoughts on the seemingly gaping void in terms of leadership left behind by BDawk. Mikell notes that it will obviously be tough to fill number 20's shoes but he believes guys will step up.

"I feel like I've learned so much from him, but I feel like no one
is ever done learning," Mikell said by telephone on Monday. "When you
are done learning, you're dead."

A wise young man, Quintin is. Socrates would be proud.

Mikell talked to Dawkins on Sunday and admitted that he's "grieving
over the shock of losing someone important." But Mikell realizes that
it's now time to take everything he learned from Dawkins and teach and
share those experiences with his teammates.

And Spiderman would be proud.

"I feel like I'm ready to take on a bigger role as a leader. I have
to be," Mikell said. "You will never be able to replace what he did. I
feel like with us having a committee of people who can set examples,
who can put people in the right place that we can get the job done."

You can only mourn for so long. It looks like Dawk left some great impressoins on the guys helped groom. Now it's time for them to try to reach similar levels of greatness.

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