Jay Feely calls out Jay Cutler and Marc Trestman for lack of leadership

January 30th, 2015 No comments

Jay Feely spent about four weeks on the Chicago Bears in 2014, but that was plenty of time for him to formulate an opinion on the leadership, or lack thereof, from the head coach and quarterback.

Earlier today on Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio, ex-Chicago Bears’ kicker Jay Feely called out quarterback Jay Cutler and former head coach Marc Trestman for a lack of leadership. He also claimed that Trestman failed to hold his team accountable.

From the Chicago Sun Times:

“Your job as a head coach is to inspire your team,” Feely said. “To galvanize them, to have a message, to bring them together and have those guys believe what you’re saying. I think that was the disconnect, because I do think he’s a very smart offensive coach and his track record proves that as an offensive coordinator.

“There’s a big difference between being a smart coach and a coordinator and being a head coach. Rex Ryan, for everything New York said about him, when he gets in front of a team, that team believes in him. … With Trestman, it was a little awkward when he spoke. And he didn’t really connect with guys. You can have that as a coach if you have a strong locker room and you have leaders in the locker room. If you don’t have leaders in the locker room, you don’t have a coach who inspires, then you have a losing season.”

When the Bears signed Feely on December 3rd, 2014, they were in the midst of a losing season at 5-7. They went on to drop their next 4 games to finish the season 5-11.

The entire 2014 season seemed to spiral out of control and it got worse just about every week.

Lack of leadership and accountability was a prevailing theme through most of the year. With reports of Trestman addressing the team with his back to the players, assistant coach Aarom Kromer complaining to the media, locker room shouting matches, no one taking the fall for back to back games of 50 points allowed, Brandon Marshall challenging to fight a Lions fan, Lance Briggs getting a personal day to open a restaurant and various instances of organizational finger pointing all led to one of the most disappointing seasons in Chicago Bears history.

With Trestman failing to lead, Feely felt that Jay Cutler should taken on more of a leadership role.

“When you have a quarterback who doesn’t like to lead, it leaves a hole in that team. Other guys can fill that role, like Baltimore with Ray Lewis … but when a quarterback is not a leader, there’s gonna be a vacuum there.

“Jay Cutler can win on the field. But he would be so much better and the team would be so much better if you’re a leader off the field as well. I never saw him lead verbally. If he doesn’t want to be that person, if it’s not in his DNA, then you’re always gonna have a vacuum there that somebody else needs to step into and fill.”

With the quarterback not making a verbal effort to lead, Feely believes it’s up to the franchise to fill the locker room with leaders. Early in Cutler’s Bears’ career he had a head coach that could command a locker room in Lovie Smith, a verbal leader on offense in Olin Kreutz, and the face of the franchise was clearly Brian Urlacher.

For what it’s worth, Feely is on board with Chicago’s hiring of John Fox to lead the Bears.

What are your thoughts on Jay Feely’s comments?

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Apple Launches ‘Get Productive’ Promotion for iOS and Mac With Discounted Productivity Apps [iOS Blog]

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Apple’s iOS and Mac App Stores were today updated with new “Get Productive” sections, offering discounted prices on many popular productivity apps for iOS devices and Macs.

In the iOS App Store, the 19 discounted apps include Fantastical 2 for iPhone and iPad, Workflow, Clear, Duet Display, Calendars 5, and more. Apps are available for up to 60 percent off their regular prices.

In the Mac App Store, there are 20 apps available at discounted prices up to 75 percent off, including popular offerings like Day One, Byword, iA Writer Pro, iTranslate, mSecure, iStudiez Pro, Notability, and more.

Apple has also named ProCam 2 as its App of the Week, and as a result, the camera and photo editing app is available at no cost, instead of at its regular $1.99 price. [Direct Link]

The iPad version of the app, ProCam XL 2 is also free. [Direct Link]

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Pat O’Donnell is giving and receiving autographs at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

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Yesterday a number of athletes visited the Phoenix Children’s Hospital for a unique event.

Yesterday morning at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, a number of professional and collegiate athletes, and one gold medalist, visited with the hospital’s patients at an event hosted by The Topps Company. One of the pro athletes was Chicago Bears rookie punter Pat O’Donnell.

This wasn’t just your typical meet and greet autograph signing, because it wasn’t just the kids asking for the autographs, it was the athletes getting autographs from the patients.

Topps provided each kids at the event with customized trading cards that the athletes could sign. The unique trading cards highlighted key “stats”, like favorite NFL team and favorite football party food, and will feature a photo of each patient.

Here’s a group picture of the patients and the athletes.

Top row, Pictured left to right: New York Giants offensive guard Geoff Schwartz, Chicago Bears punter Pat O’Donnell, Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Logan Thomas, San Diego State offensive lineman and NFL draft hopeful Terry Poole, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry, Arizona Cardinals tight end Troy Niklas, North Dakota State defensive end and NFL draft hopeful Kyle Emanuel, Nevada defensive end and NFL draft hopeful Brock Hekking, US Olympic gymnast and gold-medal winner Shawn Johnson and Oakland Athletics second baseman Eric Sogard

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‘Aussies out’ — Asian Cup hosts hit by shock AFC revolt

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AFC chief Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa at a press conference after the Extraordinary Congress meeting in Melbourne before the start of the Asian Cup on January 9, 2015

Sydney (AFP) – Australia’s football body reeled from shock revelations about a movement to oust it from the Asian confederation on Friday as the Socceroos prepared to play the Asian Cup final.

The head of Australian football said he was “extremely surprised” after Asia’s soccer chief said some countries want Australia out and advised them to raise the issue formally.

Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), told the Arabic-language Al Ittihad newspaper there was discontent about Australia in the Gulf region and more widely.

“Yes, it is true there are indications that there is a desire among West Asian federations to kick Australia out,” the Bahraini royal was quoted as saying.

“But I also know that the Arabs are not the only ones who are not convinced of the usefulness of the continuation of Australia in Asia.”

Shaikh Salman also referred to Australia’s presence as an “experiment”. An AFC spokesman declined to comment on the report, which comes as the Socceroos prepare to play Saturday’s Asian Cup final against South Korea in Sydney.

Australia joined the AFC in 2006 and its teams have enjoyed success, qualifying for two straight World Cups and two Asian Cup finals, and winning the Champions League club showpiece last year.

Australia also won the Women’s Asian Cup in 2010. Victory on Saturday would make Australia the first country to hold both the Asian Cup and the Champions League titles.

But their presence also appears to have caused disquiet with other nations missing out on a World Cup spot and other honours. 

As examples, Western Sydney Wanderers beat Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal in the Champions League final, and the Socceroos ousted UAE in the Asian Cup semi-finals.

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The issue could come to a head at the AFC Congress expected in Kuala Lumpur in May, when Shaikh Salman will seek re-election. He was first elected in 2013 by a landslide.

“This decision (Australia joining the AFC) was made years ago, before my arrival to the presidency of the AFC,” Shaikh Salman was quoted as saying. 

“At that time there were no conditions talking about the AFC Congress’s assessment of the experiment to see whether Australia will stay in Asia or not.”

He added: “There are other Asian associations in different regions of the continent that see the need of disengagement between us and Australia.

“Therefore we can’t just monitor the feedbacks or statements, but the movement and the decision should be from within the AFC Congress, because it’s the authority that can make the decision of reconsidering Australia joining Asia or any other decision.”

Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop expressed surprise over the comments, which come at the end of an Asian Cup described within the AFC as the best yet.

“We were extremely surprised to hear of these press reports from west Asia,” Gallop told Fairfax newspapers. 

“We are newcomers to AFC but our commitment to participate in competitions, membership of important AFC committees and general sharing of ideas and programs increases every year.

“We celebrate the diversity of the Asian region and this tournament has shown our contribution can go beyond football to create and foster social and political bridges between key trading partners in the region.”

Star forward Tim Cahill also defended Australia’s contribution, with the Asian Cup’s total attendance set to touch 650,000 over 32 games in five cities. 

“Politically for us I think we’ve brought a lot (to Asia),” Cahill told reporters. “If you look at all the nations that’s come to Australia and every stadium that we’ve filled together. 

“The multi-culturalism that we have in this country and the way we’ve embraced football I feel is very important for the growth of the game.

“But I feel that being Australian and being who we are will always help to grow the game any country we play regardless of AFC or Europe or wherever it may be.”

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