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No more excuses for Cutler, Lovie


No more excuses for Cutler, Lovie

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. Jay Cutler has had a lot of excuses made for him even when he wasnt necessarily asking for them or making them for himself:

- He is on his (third? fourth? fifth? 23rd?) offensive coordinator in the past four yearsweekshours.

- He lacks good receivers.

- He lacks a good offensive line in front of him.

- He struggles in night games because of his diabetes.

His magic right arm got him a pass, literally and figuratively. The reasoning was that his talent was such that any problems couldnt be his fault.

Now he doesnt have any excuses, nor is he asking for them.

This is the most comfortable I think Ive been going into a camp with the offense and what were doing scheme-wise and the talent around me, Cutler declared as he arrived at his fourth Bears training camp (under his third different offensive coordinator, if anyone is counting).

Jeremy Bates, QB coach) has come in and installed some of the stuff I was comfortable with in Denver. Mike Tice has a good feel for what I like to do, how to put guys in position to be successful.

Im happy with it. Weve got some tweaking and stuff weve got to do so everyones on the right page but everything weve done in the offseason has put us in the right direction.

Cutler is in need of some right directions.

He has finished his last two seasons watching from the sidelines, with an NFC-Championship game knee injury in 2010, with a broken thumb in 2011.

Of Cutlers passer ratings over six NFL seasons, the two lowest (2009, 2011) have come in Chicago. That, too, is a must-reverse, along with a career-low completion percentage (58.0) last season.

Cutler, like coach Lovie Smith, is under contract through next season. Neither has the luxury of excuses anymore.

Its a win-now league. I think every year youre expected to win, win big, go to the playoffs and compete for a Super Bowl. I dont think its anything new to this group.

Lovies seems to be one of those guys they say is on the hot seat every year. We like having Lovie around and were going to do our best to keep him around here.

White Sox sign Enoy Jimenez, the 17-year-old brother of Eloy Jimenez


White Sox sign Enoy Jimenez, the 17-year-old brother of Eloy Jimenez

One Jimenez just isn't enough for the White Sox.

The White Sox signed the younger brother of top prospect Eloy Jimenez this weekend. Enoy Jimenez is a 17-year-old infielder, and the 21-year-old outfielder ranked as the No. 3 prospect in baseball was on hand for his brother's big moment.

Eloy figures to hit the big leagues early next season, though it will likely be a while longer before his teenage brother could do the same. Still, they're likely hoping for the chance to play together one day.

According to this pretty exhaustive list from MLB.com, four sets of brothers have played together on the White Sox: Homer and Ted Blankenship in the 1920s, Dick and Hank Allen in the 1970s, Roberto and Sandy Alomar in 2003 and 2004 and John and Jordan Danks in 2012.

Should we be getting ready for the fifth pair?

Report: People around baseball believe Joe Girardi is waiting for managerial job with Cubs or White Sox


Report: People around baseball believe Joe Girardi is waiting for managerial job with Cubs or White Sox

Joe Girardi won't be the manager of the Cincinnati Reds in 2019, perhaps because he has hopes of landing a gig in Chicago.

According to Fancred's Jon Heyman, Girardi was in the running for the Reds' managerial job (which went to former Cubs third-base coach David Bell this weekend) but pulled himself out, this after interviewing for but not getting the same position with the Texas Rangers. Heyman cites "industry speculation" that Girardi might want to remain a free agent so he can land the job of skipper in Chicago.

Heyman is of course not specific, listing a city with two major league teams, leaving this open for interpretation as either the Cubs or the White Sox.

Obviously Girardi has a history on the North Side. He had two stints there as a player, from 1989 to 1992 and again from 2000 to 2002. Joe Maddon has one year remaining on his contract, and Cubs president Theo Epstein said during his end-of-season press conference that the team has not had discussions with Maddon about an extension. After managing the New York Yankees to their most recent World Series championship in 2009, Girardi might again want a crack at managing a big-market contender.

But if Girardi is simply itching to get back to his home state — he was born in Peoria and graduated from Northwestern — perhaps he has the White Sox on his wish list, too. Rick Renteria has one year remaining on his current contract, as well, and should the rebuilding White Sox see all their young talent turn into the contender they've planned, the manager of such a team would be an attractive position to hold.

But just because folks believe Girardi wants to manage in Chicago doesn't mean there'd be mutual interest. Despite Epstein's comments that there have been no extension talks with Maddon, the president of baseball operations also backed his manager in that same press conference, refusing to blame Maddon for the team's "broken" offense down the stretch last month. And Rick Hahn and the rest of White Sox brass heap frequent praise on the job Renteria has done in his two years, describing him as an important part of player development and of establishing a culture hoped to spread throughout the organization.

Plus, it's worth mentioning that Girardi's decade-long tenure in the Bronx came to an end amid suggestion that he was unable to connect with his young players. It's unknown how much of a realistic concern that would be for any team thinking about hiring him. But the recently fired Chili Davis believed that very issue was part of the reason his time as the Cubs' hitting coach came to an end. And there are few teams out there younger than the White Sox.

Again, it's just speculation for now. But if for some reason one or both Chicago teams don't hand out new contracts to their current managers, perhaps Girardi would be interested in an opening on either side of town.