Trash talking =/= leadership
Big hits =/= leadership
Yeah, we're likely to miss his play, I don't disagree with you there.
But "heart and soul" of the defense? With players like TD in front of him? And Luke? Laughable!
Oops, I admit I completely overlooked TD... he provides a lot of the same traits and his heart is unquestionable.
But, I still stand firm in what I've said about Mitchell. No, those things don't equate to leadership alone, but they are tangible things that us as fans can see. My point is, he provided so many intangible things that can't be quantified. Again, if he isnt replaced with a similar player, which will be hard to do, we will see how bad of a move it was to let him go. He wasn't some guy who lucked out, he is a really, really good player that fit into an ideal role and situation for him and us.