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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 CBSSports.com'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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Comments

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:06 pm
 

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

Let the "Mike Martz to the St. Louis Rams reports start.........NOW!"
Especially since they have a franchise QB, Jackson still has something left in the tank, the o line isn't nearly bas bad as it looked this season and with every draft projecting them to take Justin Blakmon sure looks like the makings of a fine offensive team, perhaps "greatest show on turf 2"?
 



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:06 pm
 

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

Let the "Mike Martz to the St. Louis Rams reports start.........NOW!"
Especially since they have a franchise QB, Jackson still has something left in the tank, the o line isn't nearly bas bad as it looked this season and with every draft projecting them to take Justin Blakmon sure looks like the makings of a fine offensive team, perhaps "greatest show on turf 2"?
 



Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:46 pm
 

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

1st things 1st. Regardless of how the season ended up with Cutler/Forte injuries and the Bears tanking all the way home Angelo still needed to go. His draft record was horrendous and did nothing to help the bears. Look at the O-Line and Wideouts Really??? knox is at best a low #3 and Hester is just fast then letting Kreutz go and pluging in inexperience. We wonder why Cutler gets beat up game after game but have all have seen what he can do when he actually has time to drop back and not run for his life...Seems like every draft in recent memory we have been talking about those two positions for the bears. But no we decide to draft someone who makes us scratch our head or add another defensive tackle with pre-exsisting injuries from college. As far as Lovie is concerned I think he is safe no matter what. He does a lot with the people of his roster and think it will only help him having Martz gone with his crazy playbook. Lets get back to the basic's X's and O's  




Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:42 pm
 

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

Angelo and Martz gone, good.  Two dinosaurs down.  Lovie better show some wins for the love they showed him.  He's not a bad coach, but neither is his former supporting cast.  It just gets old and set in its way.  Too big a marquee team not to be in the hunt, Lovie.  What have you done for me lately?  Not much, give you another year to treat us right.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:34 pm
 

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

martz is not at his best in the 1, 2, three and a cloud of dust,then punt. he needs one of these wide open offenses. actually he might be real good back at st louis. one thing about it. there are a plethora of ex coaches, oc, and ex dc. also tons of college coaches wanting the challenge and money of the nfl. kind of like wall street, the money is drawing a lot of bright minds into coaching. people like creepy haley that dont have a background in football, in the coaching business. one thiing for sure when they are paying 2 mil and above you cant blame someone for expecting to win. they wear out their welcome real fat.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 7:26 pm
 

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

The sports business is a funny one to say the least.  If Cutler doesn't get hurt and if the Bears win 10 games to make the playoffs, nobody gets fired.  Cutler gets hurt and the Bears miss the playoffs and suddenly people are getting fired and others are resigning from their positions. 

All kidding aside though if they would have fired Lovie it would have been a crime, that's for sure.  Up until Cutler got hurt the Bears if anything overachieved.  How anybody can expect a team without any star wide recievers and an aging defence that was giving up a ton of big plays the first half of the season to succeed is beyond me.

For people on these boards and especially some Bears fans to want Lovie fired shows how little some Bears fans know about the game of football.  This Bears team had way less talent then any of the teams in the NFC that made the playoffs yet until Cutler got hurt Lovie had them in a position where they could make the playoffs.  I'd give him a raise,,,, I sure as hell wouldn't fire the guy. 



Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 7:20 pm
 

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

Good.  One moron down, now it's time to get rid of the other idiot, Lovie!  Smile



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 7:18 pm
 

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

I don't understand why anyone is even talking about firing Smith.  He took a Rex Grossman-led team to a Super Bowl, made it to the conference championship again last year, and missed the playoffs this year only after his ONLY quarterback and runningback both bowed out for the year.  The team has no wideouts and an aging defense, so what he has done is pretty impressive.  Of course, if he was axed, it would make the NFC North easier every year.



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 7:05 pm
 

Bears fire Angelo; Lovie "will remain"

I don't doubt that Mrs. McCaskey is looking forward to hiring whoever the search firm advises Ted Phillips to recommend to her.



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 6:24 pm
 

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

Wow, that list of first rounders is brutal. That makes me think Lovie is a much, much better coach than I and most gave him credit for.


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