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What does Emery discuss with head coach candidates?

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What does Emery discuss with head coach candidates?

So I've been asked a lot about why Phil Emery is interviewing so many different coaches for the Bears vacant head-coaching position.
The purpose of talking with so many guys is to simply learn as much as possible. Whether it be offensive systems, philosophies or even to learn about other assistant coaches, there is a method to the madness.
Head coaching interviews are as detailed or more than any job in sports.
Some key topics that are always discussed include systems style on both offense and defense. Since most of the coaches being interviewed by the Bears are offensive guys, they may lay out a good chunk of what they do in terms of utilizing personnel and overall system. Some coaches will have an entire PowerPoint presentation.
One thing every prospective head coach brings to an interview is a long list of potential assistants he would pursue to join his staff. He may include dozens of guys since many may be under contract and unable to leave current jobs. The list is dissected by the general manager and there even may be coaches the general manager may say he won't accept for various reasons. This is also a way general managers learn who the highly respected assistant coaches are by seeing the same names pop up on different lists of prospective head coaches.
Other topics sure to be open for discussion include: How do they practice, meet and discipline players? Often times a coach interviewing will have an entire mock practice schedule for the season. Responsibilities of the assistants, does the head coach play the role of the CEO and allow his coordinators to run their sides of the ball, or is the coach going to be a play-caller and over see his expertise?
The size of the staff is also a hot topic. Can the head coach have assistants to assistants which many teams do nowadays, such as an assistant defensive backs coach or offensive assistant, which are not quality control jobs? How many video people are on staff? What about the size of the training staff and other support people? Salaries of assistants has become more important. Many teams pay their coordinators at or near the 1 million mark and top assistants around 500 thousand.
In the Bears' case, the subject of Jay Cutler will no doubt be debated. If the head coach isn't sold on Cutler after a year he may want to know if he's tied to him for the long haul. The new coach may want to draft a young quarterback or look on the market for a possible future replacement. Despite being considered a franchise quarterback, any good coach will see the number of coordinators he's had and also look at his production.
The new head coach will certainly want to have some say on personnel even though Emery will have the final say. No coach wants to feel helpless when it comes to the players he's given.
I could go on and on, but that's just a small amount of what takes place during a head coaching interview. The more people Phil Emery talks to, the more information he gains, which helps him to make an informed decision.
It's a much better formula than picking one guy and saying, "That's my guy..."

White Sox Talk Podcast: 1-on-1 with Frank Thomas

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White Sox Talk Podcast: 1-on-1 with Frank Thomas

White Sox Hall of Famer Frank Thomas came on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his past, baseball's present and the future of the White Sox. He talks about his first major league hit (a stand-up triple!), how fame affected him when he was a player, his appearance on David Letterman in the 1990s and more. 

Plus, what was wrong with the baseball this past season? Thomas has some ideas and tells Garfien how many home runs he would have hit with that baseball in his prime. He talks about working with Alex Rodriguez at FOX and what it was like whenever girlfriend Jennifer Lopez came to visit in the studio.

Thomas praises the White Sox rebuild and reveals an idea he presented to GM Rick Hahn about where all the top prospects should play this upcoming season. He describes what it was like going to Roy Halladay's funeral, if he sees the White Sox signing Manny Machado in 2019 and much more.

Listen to the full White Sox Talk Podcast right here:

Lauri Markkanen has career-high 26 points in loss to Suns

Lauri Markkanen has career-high 26 points in loss to Suns

Lauri Markkanen continues to impress.

The 20-year-old rookie had a career-high 26 points in the Bulls' 113-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night. He also picked up 13 rebounds.

After the game, in which the Bulls fell to 3-11 on the season, coach Fred Hoiberg had high praise for the Finnish.

"I thought Lauri was phenomenal," Hoiberg said. "But when he is open, we gotta get him the ball. When he's got it rolling like he did tonight, guys were switching and we had him a couple of times with the point guard buried in his back and we didn't get him the ball."

Watch what Hoiberg had to say about the Bulls' tight loss in the video above.