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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: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 9:09 am

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

Speedster....You're entitled to your opinion but it sounds like your just plain bitter.  Why....?  Did you forget to change your man pad today?  Chicago is a world class city.  It is arguably the best sports team in the country.  Ask any impartial observer.  As far as our sports are a tad jaded.  Let me summarize.  The Cubs are pathetic....I agree.  The Bears are a cornerstone franchise in the NFL.  They have been plagued by BAD management and poor decisions for years.  Do we love the '85 Bears? Absolutely.  Do we all sit around a table a dream of those days of yesteryear....Absolutely not?  Most people commenting on this board are trying to provide a rational comment on the state of the Bears.  You have added nothing but venom!  The Bulls are mounting another run at a title with the current MVP and best point guard in the NBA.  Do they have issues?  Yes but they are better than they were last year.  Let’s see how the season plays out.  The White Sox are the best baseball team in Chicago.  They won the WS in 2005.  White Sox being one of them are pessimistic and have a show me attitude but are very knowledgeable baseball fans.  So in my short 46 years on earth....My town has given me 1 super bowl, 1 Stanley cup, 1 world series and 6 NBA championships.  At the end of the day or my life....That’s pretty damn good.

Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 8:39 am

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

I agree with speeder, Everyone acts like the bears are some great team, but in fact you only have 1 superbowl. Always excuses in Chicago, always someone or something to blame. Maybe your just not as good as you think, its a 16 game schedule with injuries you have to overcome and adapt. As the soup nazi would say "NO PLAYOFFS FOR YOU"

Since: Jan 16, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 7:52 am

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

What is your problem with Chicago? And where are you from? LA? NY? Boston? Even if you are from one of those cities, your argument is so shallow that you don't deserve a lot of my time.

Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 6:14 am

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

Martz needed to go because he was getting Cutler killed.  If your o-line is not up to par or subpar because of injuries you can't sill try to throw 30 or 40 times a game.  Chicago is known for defense and running the ball.  It's too windy to throw the ball all the time at soilder field.  The Bears need to find an offensive coordinator that believes in the running game.  Angelo should have paid Forte.  You have to be out of your mind not to lock him up.  The new GM needs to build the team around the defense Cutler and Forte.  Find some wr's that are physical and it's a wrap.Cool 

Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:02 am

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

Your an idiot.  Learn the history of sports if your going to open your mouth.

If your talking the past 70 years in Chicago Sports Championships:

Blackhawks 2
White Sox 1
Bears 5 remember it was the NFL Championship before the Superbowl

Go cheer on Romo and his failures.

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:01 am

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

Speeder - whats your beef with Chicago? If you have such a distaste for the town and it's teams why waste your time reading and writing about them. Not sure why you think your opinion on the town of Chicago is remotely relevant. If you insist though, why don't you check your own back yard. Dallas has to be one of the most dissapointing teams in all of football. You have an owner who thinks he's a head coach, a general manager, and cheerleader. The only thing he isn't is a winner. Why don't you go and find a Dallas thread to spout your ignorance.

Since: Apr 20, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 2:48 am

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

Maybe they will let Lovie hire more coaches that get the axe for being garbage......i.e. Martz, Tice, Morhinweg

Since: Apr 20, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 2:42 am


Typical Shitcago people (aka..morons)

Still in 1985?  Still think beating one team in your division is all that matters?  Still thinking its a storied franchise (with 1 Super Bowl)?  Still think the bedpan they put on top of Soldier Field makes it a "modern" stadium?  Still think that old dirty lady is capable of running a franchise?  Still think your kick returner is the best thing to happen to the NFL?

How's the Cub organization going, still flying those W flags?  Still believe in a farm animal curse?  Still believe it will be next year?  Still blaming Bartman?  Still believe that "field" is a landmark, because mold is growing on the walls?

Take away one single person (That man from NORTH CAROLINA) from all the quitcago teams....and you have what.....3 championships in 70 some years!  That is purely pathetic!!!

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 2:38 am

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

the bears were playoff bound till cutler and forte got hurt. not martz's fault.

Since: Jul 31, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 2:33 am

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

I like Lovie Smith, but I don't see how hiring a new GM and retaining the head coach is going to work.  Does anyone know a situation where a new GM and an existing head coached stayed resulting in a positive outcome?

Easy..if Lovie starts losing again HE'S HISTORY

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