Dear Jay,

My name is Akio, a Japanese who lives in Singapore rooting for the Bears.

I'm writing this as my blog post, as I don't have your e-mail address, and I usually write my blog in Japanese (trying to make this for a place for Japanese Bears fans to gather), but wrote in English hoping this will reach you... somehow.

First of all, I would like to say I'm excited for 2012 season because all the 3 phases look greater than ever and I really believe it's a Super Bowl caliber team.

Secondly, I want to mention that I respect you as a person although I haven't never met you in person. People overlook and forget, but I cannot even imagine how tough it is to have diabetes and be able to play at pro level. That shows how professional you are and how you are committed to be the best.

I truly believe you are one of the best QBs in the NFL, I really do.

Now... there is a reason I'm writing this and let me share my thoughts on something.

In my opinion, QBs get paid the most compared to other position, because QBs are automatically considered as a leader of the offense. So on top of their athletic ability, their paycheck includes the portion to be a leader. I never seen your job description, so I don't know what it says, and maybe it doesn't say anything about being a leader. Anyway that's how I see it and I don't think that's entirely wrong. (I know Captains are decided by the team mates votes, but I think Brandon is also a leader in the team.)

And I trust you are the leader of the Bears offense without a doubt. Hope you agree, because what I will say will be pointless otherwise.

Talking about the leadership, there is always different styles of leadership. Whatever works for the team effectively, I think that's OK.

In my work, I lead a small team and my intention as a leader is to maximize the capability of the team and deliver as much success as possible within the limited amount of resource. Whatever the style, I think that's ultimately the goal for any leaders.

Some leaders are lucky enough to choose their staff, some are just stuck with what they have been assigned to work with. Some maybe able to influence who they want to have in their team, but that doesn't mean they get who you want all the time.

Why? Simply we have limited resource. That could be budget (or cap space ;) ), that could be the ability to interview and validate the guy you are recruiting (you think the guy is legit, but turned out not so good...), or simply the guy you are looking for is not available. That's the nature of the business and it's the same thing in NFL and in any other workplaces.

Yet, leaders are asked to deliver the best they could whatever the style it might be. In my experience, there are two simple, yet important elements you need to have if you are a leader.

- Leaders trust their member, no matter what happens. It is hard to find someone who is not trying to be successful in the workplace, especially if they know that their job is on the line. At least the members try not to screw things up. Just because the guy makes mistakes, leaders do not rip the guy. Because the guy doesn't even have any intention to let the team down!

- Leaders take the full responsibility of the outcome or the result the entire team have, especially when they fail. Nothing discourages the member more than the leader saying, "this guy didn't do the job, so we couldn't do it." Once leaders start doing that, things will go downhill. Yet, leaders try to give as much credit to the members when successful.

That's why good leaders are respected. That's why they have the quality for others to think "I want to be like this guy."

Thus far, I have just been talking just the general stuff. Nothing about you.

I don't see what you see and what your teammates see and get from you. I don't think I'm in the place to criticize your leadership ability because I don't know anything about the Bears locker room.

My concern is that, from what I saw on the field on Thursday, you might be going into the bad traits of leadership, and if that is really the case, I'm deeply concerned for you. I have a hard time controling myself, but good leaders don't lose their composure because negative action/comments will affect the entire team. That's guaranteed.

It takes a lot of efforts to be a leader, sometimes it feels unrewarded. Maybe not sometimes in the world of sports, and you know what I mean.

On top of what leaders do in their position (in your case, QB work), you have to ensure the productivity of others. That's extra work, but that's what leaders are getting paid for, again, in my opinion. You can't just get away from it.

You might live in a different world, but being a leader is more or less the same thing.

Again, I really don't see anything in the Bears locker room so I will not criticize for what you did on Thursday. I'm just writing this and sharing my point of view and my concern because I want my Bears to succeed and I want you to be the leader in the successful Bears team.


By the way, I forgot to congratulate you in the beginning on the birth of Camden Jack. As a father of a boy, I can tell you this will be a fun ride yet it will take a lot of patience. I'm sure you hear that a lot, so I just wish you the best for you and your family.


I will be watching the game live as much as I can this year as always, even if it takes to wake up 1am to watch it. I wish you the success you deserve to have.


Bear Down!
Akio
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