Their relationship was upbeat to start with in 2010. But by the time Jay Cutlers 2011 season was over, he and coordinator Mike Martz were having more scratchy moments than quarterback-coordinator should have been having.
Now Martz is gone and Jeremy Bates, a coach in Denver when Cutler was a Bronco, is handling the quarterback. And its a welcome change from the dogmatic Martz, apparently.
I think Jeremy has a really good feel of what I like to do and what I dont like to do, Cutler said Wednesday in the second days practice of organized team activities. Theres plays out here today that I told him, I dont like them. Lets think about getting rid of them. Hes fine with that.
Its a give and take. Thats a breath of fresh air around here, being able to give ideas and everyone giving ideas and lets pick the best ones that work for everybody.
Cutler had similar chafings with Ron Turner when the latter was the coordinator in 2009. Insiders said Turner took an active hand in nearly all position-group meetings and by the end of that season, the two were not in a good shared space.
Cutler is on his fourth different coordinator in five years, but this is the first repeater.
Were doing a little bit different stuff, Cutler said. Were carrying over some stuff from last year. So its kind of a mix between last year and Coach Tice and Jeremy just putting their heads together and finding the best answer for this football team.
Luis Solignac has made a big difference to the Chicago Fire’s attack since joining the team in early August.
On Friday, the Argentine forward added an award to show for his impact on the team. He won MLS Goal of the Week for his opening goal in the 3-0 win at Montreal on Aug. 20.
The curling goal from Solignac was his first in a Fire uniform. He also drew a penalty kick, which David Accam converted, in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with the LA Galaxy.
In Solignac’s 312 minutes, nearly three and a half games, the Fire have scored seven goals. Not bad considering the Fire were averaging less than a goal per game before Solignac’s arrival.
In case you were wondering whether Ben Zobrist knows all the words to "Let It Go," he does.
The Cubs' All-Star second baseman spent at least part of the team's off day with his family at Disneyland, and he posted this Instagram video of him and his daughter screaming along to the song from the movie "Frozen."
Check it out:
Some great family time for Zobrist. His wife has a challenger for the family's best singer. But not really.
Back in June, Jim Harbaugh asked Hank Aaron if he'd be an honorary captain at a Michigan football game this season.
Aaron has taken him up on it.
A look at Michigan's official website revealed to the Internet that one of the greatest baseball players of all-time will be the honorary captain for Michigan's Homecoming game against Illinois on Oct. 22.
Harbaugh chatted with Hammerin' Hank and donned a No. 44 Braves jersey during a stop in Atlanta on his whirlwind satellite-camp tour this summer, with Aaron sporting a Michigan hat.
Aaron will follow Michael Jordan, another all-time great who will serve as Michigan's honorary captain for the season-opener against Hawaii.
But while Jordan's connection to Michigan is all business — the Wolverines are the first football team to be outfitted by Jordan Brand — Aaron has a different reason to visit Ann Arbor, as his granddaughter attends the university.
(h/t Wolverine 24/7)