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Report: Bears GM could retire at season's end

Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:17 pm
If Jerry Angleo retires what would that mean for Chicago's coaching staff? (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Bears' roster has experienced some reshuffling in recent weeks: Jay Cutler is out with a thumb injury (and may not return during the regular season), and Matt Forte is nursing a bum knee (he's expected to be out 2-4 weeks). But personnel goings-on could extend beyond the playing field. According to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, there is "persistent chatter" that Bears general manager Jerry Angelo could retire. The deciding factor could be how Chicago's season plays out. Currently, they're the fifth seed in the NFC, but the Falcons, Lions and Giants are in the hunt, too.

The next question: what does a new general manager mean for Lovie Smith and his coaching staff? Smith, who has been the Bears' head coach since 2004 and took Chicago to the Super Bowl in 2006. In the four full seasons since, the Bears have two sub-.500 performance and qualified for the postseason just once. Smith has also taken criticism for offensive coordinator Mike Martz's early season game plans the last two seasons, ones that included Cutler taking a lot of huge hits.

If the Bears keep winning, you'd think Smith's job would be safe. If they flame out and miss the postseason and Angelo hangs it up, we will probably have to add Smith's name to the ol' coaching hot seat list.

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Since: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:49 pm

Report: Bears GM could retire at season's end

As a life long Bears fan I would like nothing more than to see Angelo retire. I would also like to see the end of the Lovie Smith era. Don't get me wrong I think they have done a servicable job but the franchise has become flat and I don't believe the players are truelly buying in to the system anymore. I would LOVE to see them bring in Jeff Fischer as the new head coach!! Former Bear and just the right personality I feel is needed in Chicago!!!! GO BEARS!!!!

Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:43 pm

Report: Bears GM could retire at season's end

Be careful on what you wish for. You could end up having A.J. Smith and Norv Turner running your team. That's an even worse situation to be in.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:14 pm

Report: Bears GM could retire at season's end

why wait.. GOOOOOOO NOW !!!!!!!!!   and take your garbage coaching staff with you.. 

the next thing id like to read is that the bears are up for sale, so we can get rid of the mccaskeys...

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:32 pm

Report: Bears GM could retire at season's end

Please retire Jerry!!!!! You are a garbage GM!!!!! This is the best news I've heard this weekend. Lovie can go with him to I hate his no emotion attitude, and how he doesn't change things up. We can't score on offense at all but lets just give teams 300 yrds. a game and let them beat us with field goals. Complete idiot!!!!!

Since: Jan 23, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:31 pm

Report: Bears GM could retire at season's end

Woo hoo!  Maybe the next Gm will realize that this is now a WR league and actually having one on your team is valuable.

Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:28 pm

Report: Bears GM could retire at season's end

See you later Angelo, don't let the door hit you on the way out.

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