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'Leadership' sentiments have a vaguely hollow ring


'Leadership' sentiments have a vaguely hollow ring

Something isnt entirely lining up in all of the emotional accountablejobs talk and whats going to happen after the season.

The unnamed target of Marshalls accountabilityjobs declaration was assumed to be offensive coordinator Mike Tice. Marshall certainly wasnt talking about himself, or buddy Jay Cutler. Other wide-receiver jobs already have changed hands and the offensive line was one revolving calliope of accountability in the Green Bay game.

But heres the thing:

Cutler did not mesh with Ron Turner; the two had history going back to high school and college scholarships, and Turner was kept a tight rein on everyone.

Mike Martz was the next step up the doctrinaire chain. That didnt work for Cutler.

Tice, however, is a proven consensus manager. What that means is that coaches have not-insignificant input into game plans.

And so do quarterbacks.

If Cutler and Marshall are subtly or not so subtly attacking the play calling and game planning, it happens to be game plans in which Cutler has had a hand. The plan is developed and the quarterback involved heavily on what plays he likes, doesnt like, is or isnt comfortable with, and so on. Jeremy Bates, Cutlers hand-picked position coach, is involved.

And heres the kicker: Tice afforded Cutler the freedom to audible. If the play calling isnt to Cutlers liking, well

As for after changes after the season, I dont think we can worry about that right now, Cutler said. Weve got to worry about Arizona and then whatever happens at the end of the season, thats going to be a cause for concern and Phils going to do whatevers right for this team.

Good idea to give a shout-out to the general manager, who also happens to be the guy in whose hands Cutlers chances for a contract extension rest.

What about 15?

The work and demeanor of Brandon Marshall has been exceptional this season. But be careful of something here.

Losing doesnt automatically build character but it does unfailingly reveal it. Marshall was upset after the Packers throttled him for two catches in Green Bay. He lost his cool at the end of a difficult first half in San Francisco. And his accountable outburst was after another losing performance against the Packers.

The problem here is public criticism.

Cutler showing up teammates with mannerisms is no different than calling out unspecified players or coaches or whomever after a bad game.

That said, Marshall at least knows he fouled up a little bit there.

This is a new role for me as far as leadership, he said. I know Im not perfect. Maybe Im approaching it the wrong way, but there are different ways you can lead. You can lead by example. You can lead by encouragement. You can lead by speaking, creative energy. There are so many different ways. You can lead sometimes by calling guys out. That depends on the situation.

Ive been reading a lot of books on leadership, studying documentaries on some of the greats like Ray Lewis and Michael Jordan and their approach to the game and more importantly just leadership. This is my first year of really being in this role in a positive way.

Ripping people publicly isnt a positive way, much as it might make for good sound bytes or quotes.

And regarding 54.

Heres a last thought on Brian Urlachers vented frustration at the fans for their booing and the media segment that simply wants Lovie Smith fired.

The booing was directed primarily at the offense, which again had not only failed to score more than one touchdown, but had managed that dubious feat in spite of:

first-and-goal from the Green Bay 5field goal;

the special-teams takeaway at the Green Bay 16zero yards, field goal; and

56 seconds remaining on the clock, final possession. ran a total of three plays, net one yard.

The point is that Urlacher was mad about teammates being booed and he was at least sticking up, misguided or not, for the whole team. The defense wasnt being booed; that group allowed the Packers 14 points plus the seven on a 26-yard drive following Cutlers interception just before halftime.

It was Urlacher getting defensive over the Bears, not just Lovie Smith.

After baseball punishes Braves, one ranker says White Sox have game's best farm system


After baseball punishes Braves, one ranker says White Sox have game's best farm system

The White Sox farm system is baseball's best, according to one of the people making those rankings.

In the wake of Major League Baseball's punishment of the Atlanta Braves for breaking rules regarding the signing of international players — which included the removal of 12 illegally signed prospects from the Braves' organization — MLB.com's Jim Callis tweeted out his updated top 10, and the White Sox are back in first place.

Now obviously there are circumstances that weakened the Braves' system, allowing the White Sox to look stronger by comparison. But this is still an impressive thing considering that three of the White Sox highest-rated prospects from the past year are now full-time big leaguers.

Yoan Moncada used to be baseball's No. 1 prospect, and pitchers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez weren't too far behind. That trio helped bolster the highly ranked White Sox system. Without them, despite plenty of other highly touted prospects, common sense would say that the White Sox would slide down the rankings.

But the White Sox still being capable of having baseball's top-ranked system is a testament to the organizational depth Rick Hahn has built in such a short period of time.

While prospect rankings are sure to be refreshed throughout the offseason, here's how MLB Pipeline's rankings look right now in regards to the White Sox:

4. Eloy Jimenez
9. Michael Kopech
22. Luis Robert
39. Blake Rutherford
57. Dylan Cease
90. Alec Hansen

NBC Sports Chicago to deliver a Chicago baseball Thanksgiving Day marathon


NBC Sports Chicago to deliver a Chicago baseball Thanksgiving Day marathon

15-straight hours of “Classic” Cubs and White Sox full game replays from the 2017 season gets underway at 9:00 AM CT

NBC Sports Chicago live stream available 24/7 on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive  or via the NBC Sports app

Chicago, IL (November 21, 2017) -- NBC Sports Chicago, the multi-platform home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, will provide its viewers with a special 15-hour Thanksgiving Day marathon featuring four, thrilling “Classic” games from this past Cubs & White Sox season beginning this Thursday, November 23 at 9:00 AM CT. 

NBC Sports Chicago will also live stream this Classic games marathon to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive or via the NBC Sports app.  NOTE: MLB game replays will only be made available to those viewers within NBC Sports Chicago’s regular MLB viewing territory.

Note NBC Sports Chicago’s Thanksgiving Day Cubs & White Sox “Classics” game marathon line-up below (all times Central Time):


9:00 AM“White Sox Classics: White Sox vs. Houston (from August 10) – The future most certainly looked bright on the southside in this match-up as the White Sox defeated the eventual World Series champs, thanks in part to some 9th/extra-inning heroics from team’s highly-touted future cornerstone, Yoan Moncada.

12:30 PM“Cubs Classics: Cubs at Milwaukee (from September 21) – In one of their most exciting victories of the season, the Cubs were down 3-2 in the top of the ninth (not to mention being down to their last strike), but second baseman Javy Baez came through with a clutch RBI single to force extra innings, which was then followed by reigning NL MVP Kris Bryant crushing the Brew Crew’s hopes for division contention with a two-run blast in the 10th.

4:30 PM“White Sox Classics: White Sox at Detroit (from September 14) – The bats were indeed alive as the White Sox belted out 25 hits (a White Sox personal best total since 1981) featuring some impressive firepower courtesy of its top three stars: Avisail Garcia (5-5, HR, 7 RBI), Yoan Moncada (4-5, HR), and Jose Abreu (4-5, 2 RBI).

8:00 PM“Cubs Classics: Cubs at St. Louis (from September 27) – The Cubs clinched their second-straight NL Central Division title with all five of their runs coming in the 7th inning, which included shortstop Addison Russell’s GW three-run shot.  NOTE: Immediately following this “Cubs Classics” game (approx. 10:55 PM), fans can look forward to a replay of “Cubs Postgame Live” that featured the team’s NL Central Division-clinching locker room celebration.

REMINDER: NBC Sports Chicago/NBCSportsChicago.com/NBC Sports app will carry live coverage of all eight Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Football State Championship games this weekend (all in HD) beginning with the Class 1A title game Friday morning (Nov. 24) at 10:00 AM and all the way through to the Class 8A battle between area preps powerhouses Lincoln-Way East (13-0) vs. Loyola Academy (12-1) on Saturday night (Nov. 25) at 7:00 PM on NBC Sports Chicago+.  Fans are urged to visit NBCSportsChicago.com/preps for full coverage and precise channel location/live streaming details.