Whether the Bears indeed are on a right track offensively with the preponderance of their offense running through Brandon Marshall will be a topic until its proven to be a winning formula. On the weekly visit with Danny and Matt on The McNeil and Spiegel Show on WSCR-AM 670 The Score, that was a major issue.
Spiegs pointed out that Marshall has been targeted 120-some times while the next highest Earl Bennett has seen 40 come his way. Texters to the show noted that Bennett missed two games and Alshon Jeffery five with injuries. But if anyone supposes that would necessarily have made a huge swing in the distribution, consider that Bennett was there for Minnesota, caught every pass thrown to him, which was a total of four vs. the 17 thrown to Marshall.
But its really not as simple as are-the-Bears-going-to-Marshall-too-much? questions. Spiegs thought, and I agree completely, that despite all the upheaval on the offensive line vs. the Vikings, the Bears established an identity.
The most notable part of that identity obviously was that they won. And they did it by running their backs 36 times for a total of 104 yards, less than 2.9 per carry. Jared Allen and the Minnesota rush never really was able to assault Cutler because they never managed to make the Bears one-dimensional.
The guys raised the matter of Matt Forte in all of this, and he is under-utilized compared with what was working for the Bears offensively last season. Jay Cutler said Fortes touches would decrease because of Marshalls presence. But my question here is whether Cutler is on course to being Dan Marino, someone who deep down saw his right arm as the key to the Promised Land of Roman numeral games, and it never was.
Wins, yes. Championships, no.
The Cubs added just under $19 million in salary over the next four years when they opted for veteran Ben Zobrist at second base over Starlin Castro this past offseason.
After winning a World Series with the Kansas City Royals, Zobrist inked a four-year, $56 million deal with the Cubs, which prompted the North Siders to trade Castro to the New York Yankees.
So far the move has paid immediate dividends in 2016.
Zobrist is either tied or has better numbers than Castro in every major statistical category through 47 games this season.
Check out the latest Sports Business Insider video above to see how the two second baseman stack up this season.
As part of our coverage leading up to the 2016 NBA Draft we will provide profiles of more than 50 prospects, including video interviews with each player, what they're saying leading up to draft day as well as their potential fit with the Bulls.
Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah
7'0" | 230 lbs. | 20 years old
17.2 points, 9.1 rebounds, 64.6% FG, 1.6 blocks, 30.4 minutes
"I feel like I acvtually fit that style pretty good. Because the league's getting smaller but also you have to be more versatile as a big, you have to do more different stuff like step out a little bit, like be able to handle the ball, be able to pass the ball. And I feel like that's somethign I'm actually pretty good at. So I think I'll fit in pretty well."
Rotoworld mock draft selection:
10. Milwaukee Bucks: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah – Greg Monroe hasn’t really seemed to gel with Jason Kidd’s offense and defense, but Poeltl has the potential to step in and help on both ends. He has above-average potential as a rim protector, and though not the most athletic player, he is skilled on the offensive end, comfortable in the pick-and-roll, and can make an impact on the offensive boards.
Fit for the Bulls:
It could be an offseason of change for the Bulls' frontcourt, as both Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol are set to become free agents. The Bulls hit on their Bobby Portis selection last year, and adding Poeltl to the mix would give a solid rim protector and post presence. Poeltl would be an excellent complement to Portis' stretch game. And if the Bulls opt to bring back one of Gasol or Noah, Poeltl would have a solid mentor to learn from. He'll become the first Austrian to ever play in the NBA, so the Bulls' fan base would grow exponentially in central Europe, for what it's worth.
CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 1, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 26.
School: Woodstock North Thunder
Head coach: Jeff Schroeder
Assistant coaches: John Fredericks, Matt Polnow, Chris Jackowiak
How they fared in 2015: 4-5 (2-4) Fox Valley (Fox). Woodstock North failed to qualify for the 2015 IHSA state football playoff field.
Biggest storyline in 2016: How will the Thunder fare in the new Kishwaukee River Conference in 2016?
Names to watch this season: OL/DL Zach Schau RB/DB Collin Mergi QB/LB Matt Zinnen
Biggest holes to fill: The Thunder will need to get some numbers and depth this season with several starters planning to play on both sides of the football.
EDGY's Early Take: The Thunder, along with sister school Woodstock, move into the new Kishwaukee River Conference along with several former Big Northern schools. The conference should benefit Woodstock North from an overall enrollment standpoint. Expect the Thunder to compete for a conference title and a state playoff spot.