Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley has gotten himself into some conundrums with Twitter. Finley's agent, Blake Baratz, has led him into his latest one.
Baratz criticized Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler following a 23-10 loss to the Packers on September 13, 2012. In regards to Cutler's leadership, Baratz made the following comment on Twitter.
"There's a major difference & drop off in leadership from Manning, Brees, Brady, to the next best QB's in the league. Cutler doesn't get it."
ARod is a great QB he isn't a great leader. There's a major difference. Leaders take the blame & make every1 better. He doesn't."
It's safe to say that Baratz won't move in with Rodgers anytime soon. Baratz shouldn't expect any pizza to be saved for him.
Baratz tried to defend his point by comparing Rodgers to another player who he considers as a terrible leader: Michael Jordan.
(Michael) Jordan was a great player, terrible teammate, terrible leader. There's a great diff b/t gr8 players & leaders
So let's figure this out. According to Baratz, leaders "make every1 better." Jordan is a "terrible leader." Therefore, Baratz has implied that Jordan didn't make the players around him better.
I'm not as dumbstruck about the leadership comments as much as Baratz claiming that Rodgers doesn't make everybody else better. It sounds like he's implying that Rodgers is the reason that Finley hasn't lived up to his potential. Since Finley enjoyed a breakout season in 2009, his career has been affected with dropped passes and injuries. Rodgers isn't responsible for that.
As far as leadership, I have no idea what his definition of "Leadership" is. However, it poses an interesting question: Would you rather play for a great leader who won't lead his or her team to any championships or a "Terrible leader" who can lead his or her team to six championships in eight years?
I'm going to war with that "Terrible leader."
Baratz has de-valued the concept of leadership to the point that leadership means nothing. If one of the greatest basketball players of all time (if not the greatest) can be the centerpiece of a dynasty that won six championships in eight years, then who cares about leadership? Phil Jackson could only be so much of a leader from the bench.
Rodgers has taken accountability for his mistakes. He wins. He makes players around him better. He handled the Brett Favre fiasco with sheer class. I've never seen any of the players talk negatively about him. How does a team win 19 consecutive games and a Super Bowl when they're led by a "Terrible leader?" For what it's worth, Finley disagrees with Baratz.
Who knows. This is the perfect example for why one must proceed with caution when they're defending their opinions with 140 characters (Twitter).
Joshua Huffman graduated from Middle Tennessee State University as a marketing major in 2009. He's been a Middle Tennessee resident from 1986-88 and 2001-present. He lived in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin from 1988-01 and for approximately eight months in 2009-10 as he completed a 20-game volunteer position with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers. His favorite sports organizations include the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans. He can be found on Twitter HERE.
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