by Chris 'Blue Shorts' Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Brooks Laich of the Washington Capitals offered his opinion on what makes a leader, in light of comments made by Santana Moss which may have called RGIII’s leadership into question.

“If we’re going to win games, we need to win games with our guy saying ‘At the end of the day, I didn’t make a play,’ regardless of if it wasn’t him. And that’s how I feel,” Moss told Lavar and Dukes on 106.7 The Fan on Tuesday.

“Two, as a leader, you understand that if you’re involved in the situation, whether you’re the receiver, the quarterback, the guys making the tackle, whoever, regardless of the outcome, good or bad, you have to at some point, stand up and say ‘me’ or ‘I,” Moss would say earlier in the interview.

Laich, in his weekly hit with the Junkies on Wednesday, indicated the rule of thumb is to always “pass the glory” and “accept the blame.”

“I remember reading a thing about watching LeBron James after the Heat won the championship, he said ‘I’ like eighteen times or something, or whatever, and then you watch Jonathan Toews, who’s a captain of Chicago [Blackhawks] after they win the championship, and he didn’t say ‘I’ once,” Laich told the Junks.

“I think in our sports, it’s all about ‘We’ and if you talk about your team, like for example, tonight’s coming up and we get asked every single game about the Ovechkin-Crosby rivalry,” he said. “And ‘We’ really don’t care about the rivalry. We love our guy, and we want him to play great, but we don’t care who scores more points or this or that, we want to win the hockey game. The ‘I’ thing, I understand, if you single yourself out it can be looked upon as leadership, or ‘I’m gonna make the difference,’ or whatever, but I think there’s room for both, but in a team game, the concept’s always ‘We.’”

EB then guided Laich to speak specifically on Moss’ comments, which were in reference to RGIII attributing receivers not being open on the final play of the Redskins’ 24-16 loss to the Eagles, which forced him to throw the ball away. Instead, he shorted it and threw an interception.

“As a leader I think you pass the glory and you accept the blame, I think as a general rule of thumb,” Laich said. “If you’re a leader and you have a great night, you attribute it to ‘This guy played well’ or ‘This guy did this play for me and helped me out, this guy was this’ or, you know, ‘The coaches did a great job of putting me in a position to succeed.’

“You deflect the glory, at least that’s the way I was taught from people before me. And then if things don’t go well, you put the blame more on yourself. You take responsibility for it. That’s the way I was taught. I had people in my life that showed me the ropes on how to do that, and I think that’s the, my personal opinion is that’s how a leader does it anyway.”

It’s important to note that Brooks, a professional hockey player, was being asked to give comment on a sport he doesn’t play. That said, leadership qualities seem to be pretty universal across the board, in most aspects of life, and Laich has unquestionably been a leader, as well as alternate captain, for the Caps for quite some time.


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