Former Bucs star Warren Sapp ripped Bears general manager Jerry Angelo on WSCR radio, calling him a conservative GM who did just enough “to not get noticed and not get fired.” You won’t hear Bears players complaining about Angelo, though. Extending Jay Cutler’s contract Tuesday continued a policy that has seen the Bears extend most of their stars.
Former Bucs star Warren Sapp ripped Bears general manager Jerry Angelo on WSCR radio, calling him a conservative GM who did just enough “to not get noticed and not get fired.”
You won’t hear Bears players complaining about Angelo, though. Extending Jay Cutler’s contract Tuesday continued a policy that has seen the Bears extend most of their stars.
“We want loyal players,” Angelo said. “That’s why we reward our own, because loyalty is a two-way street. You can’t just talk about it. You have to put it into action.”
That sounds great. And it sure beats overspending on free agents like the Redskins and Raiders. But the NFL’s two best franchises, the Patriots and Steelers, are famous for letting star players go every year rather than overpay them. Angelo re-signed Brian Urlacher, Tommie Harris and Devin Hester the last two years when all three had time left on their current deals and questions about their health or worth. All three now look like questionable deals.
Milwaukee loss not Pro-Am’s
The Rockford Pro-Am lost its sandwich spot between PGA stops in the Quad Cities and Milwaukee with the end of the PGA Tour’s 42-year run in Milwaukee.
“It was a perfect stopoff,” said Judi Sheley, the Pro-Am’s tournament director. “But because it’s the very day after the John Deere it shouldn’t affect us. A lot of guys are already in the state.”
The Pro-Am used to shuttle players from the Quad Cities to Rockford and then to Milwaukee. Half of that convenience is now gone.
“It will be interesting to see what gets on the schedule after the John Deere,” Sheley said. “If the Tour goes to Harford or something, it might hurt us a little. But it is what it is. The PGA isn’t going to schedule around Rockford.”
Quick Shots likes it when the Yankees sign A-Rod for up to $305 million, Mark Teixeira for $180 million and CC Sabathia for $161 million. A $200 million payroll gives baseball fans an “evil empire” to root against that no other sport has. I just don’t like it when they’re worth the money. A-Rod was much more fun to watch when he was 0-for-40 in the playoffs with runners in scoring position than when he’s hitting five home runs in eight playoff games. But even if the Yankees win it all this year, once in nine years remains a fine trade-off.
Where’s the separation?
Chicago’s Greg Olsen had a season-high 57 yards last week and caught a couple of tough passes in traffic. That led many critics to pronounce he’s finally living up to his billing. Quick Shots remains skeptical. We know he can make tough catches. How about getting open? Shouldn’t a first-round tight end who doesn’t block well get open a few times?
Rose key to Bulls winning 50
Critics who pick the Bulls to be a .500 team must not believe in Derrick Rose. The Bulls have more talent around Rose than the Cavs, Lakers, Hornets and Timberwolves often have had around LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and Kevin Garnett. Yet those teams usually won 50 games or more. If Rose develops into a top-three point guard, the Bulls will develop into an elite team.
Rockford Register Star assistant sports editor Matt Trowbridge can be reached at (815) 987-1383 or firstname.lastname@example.org.