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Cutler, Marshall in Denver: We were terrible

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Cutler, Marshall in Denver: We were terrible

Jay Cutler was a Pro Bowl quarterback with the Denver Broncos in 2008. He passed for more than 4,500 yards.

Brandon Marshall was a Pro Bowl receiver that year. He caught 104 of Cutlers passes.

The Broncos offense was No. 2 in yardage that season.

As far as Marshall is concerned, so what?

Everyone said we were really successful, and even we walk around sometimes saying it, Marshall said. But when I look at film now, I think we were terrible, and I say that humbly.

We were just young and immature out there on the field, not understanding the big picture of the offense and the game itself.

Marshalls is arguably the best assessment of meaningless achievements to date. Pro Bowl selections are voted on, not won on the field. Stats are one thing; finishing 8-8 after standing at 8-5 is quite another.

And Marshall appears to have far less interest in accolades than in accomplishments.

We made plays. Four thousand yards -- on paper and compared to everyone else around the league, thats good, but when you look back on it, we left so much on the field. So its hard for me to say that things worked.

To see where were at now, where our football mind is now, its going to be really dangerous, he said. Im excited to really fall into this offense with a new mind.

After another ugly loss, the Bulls are now the subject of a timely joke from an opposing player

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After another ugly loss, the Bulls are now the subject of a timely joke from an opposing player

The Bulls had a drama-filled Sunday and apparently other players around the league have heard.

After the Bulls' starters got yanked twice in the worst loss in franchise history on Saturday, the team had a long practice on Sunday after playing on back-to-back nights. That didn't sit well with some of the players on the team.

On Monday night, the Bulls came out fast with an 11-point halftime lead against the Kings. The second half, however, was ugly. The Bulls lost 108-89, getting outscored 63-33 in the second half.

The ugly finish led to a comment overheard in the hallways of the United Center after the game. It is a bit of salt in the wound for Bulls fans.

Too soon.

So the Bulls have had two ugly losses in a row, just went through some uneasy tension between their new coach and players and now are the butt of a joke from an opposing player. Ouch.

 

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White Sox promoting Omar Vizquel to manager of Double-A affiliate

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White Sox promoting Omar Vizquel to manager of Double-A affiliate

LAS VEGAS — Omar Vizquel’s first year as manager of the Class A Winston-Salem Dash was such a success he is receiving a promotion inside the White Sox organization.

NBC Sports Chicago has learned that Vizquel will manage the Double-A Birmingham Barons in 2019.

In 2018, his first season as a manager at any level, Vizquel was named the Carolina League’s manager of the year after leading the Dash to a first-half title and an 84-54 record.

Vizquel, 51, oversaw the development of many of the White Sox top prospects last season, including Dylan Cease, Luis Robert, Blake Rutherford, Micker Adolfo, Luis Gonzalez, Gavin Sheets and Nick Madrigal. Many if not all of those players have either already made it to Birmingham or will likely find their way there next season, and Vizquel will be there to lead them once again.

Having a manager who played winning baseball at the major league level and can share that experience with the White Sox farmhands is a huge bonus for the rebuild. Vizquel made the postseason six times with the Cleveland Indians, reaching the World Series in 1995 and 1997.

And thanks to his leadership, he helped create a winning culture with the Dash.

“It didn’t matter that it was the minor leagues. That team was something else,” White Sox pitching prospect Zach Thompson said on a recent edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast. “I think that team is a sign of what we’re doing with the White Sox organization. I think it’s a sign of what’s to come for us. That team clicked. Everyone was best friends. We all got along.”

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