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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 12, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:48 am

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

This guy wasnt the problem..

Its the Mccaskeys...They are so cheap..They never pay up for big time talent..except 1 big name in how many years??
They prefer to sign the occasional player who oncw was good but is past prime (Muhammed, Roy Wiliams, etc).. They make their money through the Bears, unlike other owners who make money elsewhere.. They live off the Bears profit..Which explains why they dont want to spend that much..cutting their family income..Get it?..It sux but this organization is CHEAP.. Look how they refused to pay Forte the big bucks, WHICH HE DESERVED... He was making 500,000 in his forth year, leading the league in yards..C'mon... CHEAP.. And Lovie is to blame too. He is too conservative, way too predictable in his approach.

Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:46 am

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

Lovie should be out as well...Colombo with Dallas has success... Grossman is a serviceable starter for Washington and easily could have been a back up when Cutler went down... Olsen was traded away for nothing and is doing great with Carolina... Benson starts for Cincinnati and helped a rookie QB to the playoffs... Angelo is able to see some talent but cannot see the player with growing potential... all of these players are no better than they were when they left their colleges...  Fire Lovie too...he cannot make a player better then when they arrived. These players only achieve to their abilities not with the bears but when they leave and are coached up to a higher standard....

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:45 am

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

I never want to rejoice in a man losing his job, but this move was long overdue.  Think the Bears will take a run at Bill Polian?

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:40 am

Report: Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo

But why take half-measures? (Refer to my two earlier posts to this thread.)

Please, please, Mr. McCrackbaby, won't you give poor Matty Millen the job? The NFL's got all the drama that they need these days, but they're a little light on comedy. Why, Matty and his friend Little Billy would spread joy among every fan base except one. Pretty please? (Oooh! Maybe they could paint Billy's yellow bus all orange and poopy. Then, he and the team could take long road trips to the away games, singing camp songslike 'Ninety-nine Bottles" the whole time.*)

*Cause, you know, Billy doesn't LIKE the rap music. He says it makes his head hurt and then he can't keep up with whatever smart things his good friend Matty is saying.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:35 am

Report: Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo

@pimpslapped1. Once Angelo drafts these guys, he doesnt coach them. Thats up to Lovie and company  You are right about WR though!

Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:28 am

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie in trouble?

YES, YES, YES! Laughing 

Now let's move on and grab the Polians and Jeff Fisher and swiftly clean out this house of stale cards that was so fully exposed by injury. Coach Smith is not the face of the franchise that this season ticket holder wants. Next, please bring me someone with more game day strategy and motivational skills and an ability to interact with the media and fans. The franchise needs to get rid of the stale stench of Lovie-speak and the Angelo firing was a great step. Let's give some excitement back to the fans of this team and not just more blah, blah, blah about drafting for floors and ceilings and Offensive Lineman not growing on trees. George McCaskey - keep it coming man, you are on a roll - and No, Jerry, I ain't just whistling Dixie.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:27 am

Report: Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo

Sure... A washed up hack like Brett Favre would have cured all our ills.

Keep practicing your username dipstick.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:24 am

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie in trouble?

Sure... A washed up hack like Brett Favre would have cured all our ills.

Keep practicing your username dipstick.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:24 am

Report: Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo

You compare that list with the Polians over the same time span and it looks like an all-star team. Those draft picks aren't that bad. Most are still playing, and starting on some team, (other than the obvious Grossman, who is still started for the awful Skin's). His real down fall is what he did with them once he had them and what he failed to address, mainly a semblance of a #1 WR, for a decade.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:22 am

Report: Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo

"Chicago deserves a coach with some fire and passion for a change. I'm tired of these emotionless hacks who are satisfied with mediocrity and an offense that's rooted in the 1980's."  --Cubfan4real

OOH! OOH! Mr. Kotter?! Mr. Kotter, I know the answer. The only better choice than Mike Ditka for the new head football guy of the Chicago Bears is ROB RYAN! Isn't that right, Mr. Kotter? Huh?! Huh?!

Ah, me; oh, my. It's a good time to be a fan of The Detroit Football Lions, but it must be an even better morning to be a fan of the Green Bay Packers.

Could things in Chicago get any better for us? Maybe the Bears could hire Bill Polian to bring back the Monsters of the Midway. His recent drafts for the Indianapolis Colts does lead one to suspect that he's so forgotten everything that he knows that he could not only challenge Jerry Colangelo for futility as an evaluator of high-priced beef, but even wrest the crown of buffoonery from the late Matt Millen.*

And Bill's son Chris Polian could sing "Take Me Out to The Ballgame" at Wrigley Field, too. Wouldn't the expressions on the faces of all those Cubs fans be PRICELESS?

*I know; I KNOW. Just give me a few more minutes to finish my post-coital cigar and brandy while I daydream.

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