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Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:19 am
Edited on: January 3, 2012 2:20 pm
Chicago has decided to move on from GM Jerry Angelo.(US PRESSWIRE)

By Will Brinson

Earlier in the year, there were rumors that Bears general manager Jerry Angelo might retire at the end of 2011. He laughed at those rumors then, but probably isn't laughing on Tuesday, as the Bears have relieved Angelo of his duties effectively immediately.

The team announced that news on Tuesday morning, confirming reports from Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune and Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. The team later updated their press release to read that "Lovie Smith will remain."

A source tells's Mike Freeman that the reason for making the move is simple: "the organization was growing stale."

Black Monday

The big question is how many people in the organization this will affect. Freeman heard that Lovie might be 'in a bit of trouble,' and even though Smith "will remain" he still can't feel completely safe within the organization, particularly since a new general manager isn't typically inclined to love a previous coach.

Smith received a two-year extension after last season, taking him through the 2013 season. The Bears also said that Lovie "will continue to evaluate his coaching staff," which means if he does stay, he'll see significant pressure as he heads into the "year before the lame-duck year" portion of his contract.

Meanwhile, one of the league's most scrutinized offensive coordinators, Mike Martz, has resigned for "philosophical differences" according to the Chicago Tribune's Dan Pompei. (Martz's contract expired Sunday so, technically, he didn't resign so much as say, "If you're planning on giving me a new deal just know that I ain't coming back. And that's doubly true if you were going to tell me to beat it.") On Monday, Smith was noncommittal about Martz's future with the team and now we know why. 

Two guys that should be happy with this news? Jay Cutler and Matt Forte. Cutler because the new offensive coordinator might be interested in fitting the scheme to his best player. And Forte because he could be more likely to get a new deal from the Bears under a new front office than he was from Angelo.

Angelo became Bears GM in 2001, fired Dick Jauron in 2003 and hired Lovie, who's 71-57 under Angelo (Angelo's teams were 95-81 overall) including one trip to the Super Bowl and a slew of dominant defenses.

But the Bears were exposed by injuries in 2011: when Jay Cutler and Matt Forte went down, it became clear that Chicago hadn't properly allocated assets to create depth on the offensive front. Chicago lost five of their last six games after a hot start had them in control of a wild-card spot and nipping at the undefeated Packers heels in the NFC North.

Angelo dealt with contract issues surrounding both Lance Briggs (twice now!) and Forte (the infamous "pay the man" debate) and doesn't exactly have a history of slam-dunking first-round picks. Pardon the list, but from 2001 to 2011 the Bears drafted the following players in the first round of the NFL Draft: David Terrell (8), Marc Colombo (29), Michael Hayes (14), Rex Grossman (22), Tommie Harris (14), Cedric Benson (4), Greg Olsen (31), Chris Williams (14) and Gabe Carimi (29).

Three times -- thrice! -- in that span, the Bears didn't have a first-round pick, although two of them were used to acquire quarterback Jay Cutler.

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Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 5:57 pm

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

So basicly what you do instead of avoiding something you find distasteful, you seek it out and make it a part of your daily life. Thats an odd way to go thru life. Anyone can twist any example around to fit his or hers specific needs and everyone has there own opinion. I'm pretty sure this article was about The Chicago Bears football team, not the Cubs, nor the Bulls, or any of the other franchises in The Great City of Chicago. You seem to be in love with your team, and thats wonderful, I'm happy for you. The thing is you seem to place way to much importance on another cities team. If it upsets you so much why don't you avoid it. It would seem to me you would be alot happier if you heeded my advice. Just a thought Speedy.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 5:51 pm

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

Too much hatred speeder! Hope you can find some peace in your life. God Bless!

Since: Apr 20, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 5:27 pm

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

P.S. I am a football fan and have been to 12 different stadiums in the county to watch all types of teams and fans.....11 of those places had standup, respectful, fun fans...... and all of them agree...Dont go to Chicago, they are horrible people.  Went to a Pack-Bears game with my friends and one of them brought his 10 year old son, he had a Packers jersey on and a bunch of over-weight, drunk idiots were harrasing him.  WHO DOES THAT TO A KID?  Answer: Chicago Bear fans.  Funny part is...that 10 year old got the last laugh!

So now when I see that team and fans fall on their face every single year, I take every opportunity to bash them....because only dirtbags pick on kids at a football game!

Since: Apr 20, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 5:13 pm

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

I know Chicago and its fans very well.... They DO blame anyone and everyone, except the ones who are to blame.  The TEAMS!  If you want to compare to Dallas...go ahead, put compare apples to apples.  Since the NFL and AFL merged to create the REAL league....go from there.  Cant compare teams where one has a 40 plus year head start (with plumbers, construction workers, postmen played PART TIME).....start the comparisons evenly and see what you have.....ONE winning season, thats it!  Go ahead and compare yourself to Green Bay, but thats hardly a comparison.  When a team has 20 straight winning seasons, 8 Super Bowl apperances, 5 Super Bowl rings and the other team has just 2 apperances and 1 ring....again no comparison!

Bears, Cubs, Bulls, Sox, Blackhawks are the most FAIR WEATHER fans on the planet, for years and years Bear fans always talk about 1985 (i.e. well we were the best team ever).  Since everyone posting on here (or even in the city of Chicago) has been alive, how many times have you got the taste of sweet sweet success...meaning Super Bowl Victory?  Once?  OUCH...that really blows, I feel sorry for you ALL.  Dont baste in the glory of the ROARING TWENTIES....thats pure pathetic!

And dont tell me you Cub fans are still blaming a goat and Steve Bartman.....even more pathetic! How about defending the woman of a QB that has QUIT on every team he has been on... Cried because his name came up in a POSSIBLE trade, so he wanted out!  Knew the Packers were going to win the game, so he pulled himself out of the game and pouted on the bench for the world to see!  Thats why in his ENTIRE career he has ONE winning season, because he could care less about the team aspect.  Dont even try and talk about Tony "punctured lung, broken rib, broken blood vessels....but still going to play for my team" Romo.....if you want compare his career record and ratings with that of Cutie-Pie Cutler, go ahead...the results might just shock you!

Bust on Jerry Jones all you want.....HIS 3 SUPER BOWL RINGS ARE 3X MORE THAN THE ENTIRE CHICAGO BEARS ORGANIZATION!  Go fly your W flags all across the city.....they seem to stand for WHINERS, not Wins!

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:28 pm

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

Dilfer? HA HA HA HA!

Since: Jul 14, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:55 am

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'


Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:35 am

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

"Cutler because the new offensive coordinator might be interested in fitting the scheme to his best player."

Matt Forte says "hi".  (If Jay Cutler is your best player, that might be the source of the trouble right there... I mean, I like the guy, but I think he's more of a Dilfer "Don't Mess It Up" QB than a Brady/Brees killer instinct QB.

Again, not dissing on Cutler, just a little surprised to hear him described as the Bears best player.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:28 am

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

Dont give this guy anymore satisfaction. He just wants to get everyone mad. Speeder, God bless and hope you find Peace in your life!

Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:17 am

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

Glad to see the GM go, It's been overdue.  The o-line has not been up to par for 4 years, with no real attempt to rebiuld it.  Everyone looks for a superstar to lead them to victory, but he truth is in the NFL without an o-line you lose more than you win.  Never cared for Martz he loves his "system" and his ego more than winning. 

Since: Nov 6, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 9:49 am

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

Wow Speeder you sure have alot of personal anger in you, whats the matter didnt your mother tell you she loved you? Are you still upset that the Rangers choked in the world series? You want to talk about "typical"? its bafoons like you that like to spew hate in order to validate yourself that is typical. Go home and beat your dog and leave the sports comments to those of us who really have something to say. (what an idiot)

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