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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: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 6:08 pm
 

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

I'm with Nortsiders -- Russ Ball or someone like him. Everyone looks to the household names, but the Pollians were fired for a reason. Or SEVERAL reasons (let's match up Ced Benson, Rex Grossman, Greg Olsen and Matt Forte up against the likes of Anthony Gonzalez (WR not the TE), Donald Brown, Delone Carter. When our QB went down, we were in every game and would have made the playoffs if not for Haine and Marion Barber. Manning went down and the team was blown out in all but 2 games.  Just sayin'.

Same goes for Martz. Lest we forget the days of Ron Turner, let's hope for better offensive TALENT and the coordinator that can work with that talent. Martz did quite a bit with a TERRIBLE OL that he had no say in organizing. Which comes back to Angelo and Lovie. Not drafting a quality OL is where this team went wrong. Let's get it right again.



Since: Jul 7, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 5:53 pm
 

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

Great news today!  Martz and more importantly Angelo are gone!  Lovie's gotta go too and I concur, lets also get rid of Ted!  Fire sale the front office.  Interview Polian and other GM candidates.  Interview Gruden, Cowher and other coaching prospects.



Since: Jul 7, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 5:52 pm
 

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

Great news today!  Martz and more importantly Angelo are gone!  Lovie's gotta go too and I concur, lets also get rid of Ted!  Fire sale the front office.  Interview Polian and other GM candidates.  Interview Gruden, Cowher and other coaching prospects.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 5:31 pm
 

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

It is a great day to be a Bears fan, JA is finally gone!!  I have been begging for them to do this, this man was the WORST drafter in the NFL.  Ted Phillips needs to go as well that guy is not qualified to be President of the Bears and knows nothing about football.  Bring in Bill Polian, make him President and turn this thing around.  Thank god the McKaskey's finally did the right thing, now they need to find the right replacement.



Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 5:10 pm
 

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

Its about time.  However there is more work to be done.  Ted Phillips is the President who hired Jerry.  Ted is an accountant.  Yep...The bears have an accountant running the Bears.  Ted needs to go as well.  As much as I like lovie, the new guy will want his own coach.  The Bears have one of the worst draft records in recent memory.  Look at the drafts of the Lions and the Packers.  The Bears are light years behind them.  This is a good start but much more work to be done.



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:52 pm
 

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

The Bears organization is always good for at least one highly unpredictable thing per offseason. I'm not even saying if that is good or bad - it really depends - but truly the Bears do something almost every year that you just wonder how and/or why it happened.



Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:43 pm
 

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

Who ever is responsible for putting that offensive line together the last coupld of years should be fired. For all the complaining the Bears fans did about Jay Cutler, now they see how good he is when he is not in the line up.



Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:21 pm
 

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

Hey should be fired. Come man look at the WR core! Its just darn right terrible with no real #1 and the defense is getting pretty long in the tooth. It was definitely time for him to go. Look at the draft picks. Are you kidding me! Oh and I can't understand for the life of me why you wouldn't give you best offensive player that like 60% or more of your offense and not pay Forte!! Come on dude. But I do think Lovie Smith is a good coach and I am glad to see Mike Martz go so the bears can run and real offense taylored to their team and players ability. GO bears next season!



Since: Oct 7, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:19 pm
 

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

Good bye to them all, we all know Angelo has not really done anything to backup the starters or protect them. He treats them as pawns, nickle and dimes them to where they are un happy. Why would our offense play for Lovie/Martz, and we are lucky the D did what they did. They went out and hired a bunch of NFC north Ex-Coaches there is a reason they are Ex's. They brought in a college rate offensive coordinator that at one time was good, but his offense died years ago! Go back to high-school coaching Martz, if they will take you! We had a bunch of cooks in the kitchen that clashed with Lovie so we really didn't get to see him handle a broken team. And Angelo did nothing to protect us this year, we have a good team some are old but its a good core to build on which he didn't SO GOOD BYE ANGELO don't let the door hit ya on the way out.



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:14 pm
 

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

no more Martz is the best news any Bear fan could hear!!!!!!!



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