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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: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:34 pm

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

Martz is gone too! Could this day get any better?????

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:00 pm

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

I can't stand ignorant people who think that Polian has any skills better than Angelo. Other posts - Cowher - who has said he is not interested in coaching.  Ditka? Dungy? coaches make the worst GM's.

How about a Russ Ball - The VP of Player development in Green Bay...where was he before that? New Orleans for 4 years in their scouting and development department.  Hire the guy now and let him bring in his own coach. It would suck to be Lovie today....put the guy out of his misery and let him go. maybe he can sell himself as a package with Martz.


Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:53 pm

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

"I hope that whoever comes in as the new GM says "Eff you" to the McCaskeys and fires Lovie immediately."

That`s right, tell your NEW boss to "Eff themselves", then after that, you wouldn`t get the chance to fire Smith, because they`d tell you, sorry, but, you`re FIRED!!

Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:48 pm

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

It's about time !!!

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:28 pm

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

I don't believe the Bears problem is that they are cheap. The problem is that they don't spend there money wisely. The Bears payroll is 14th out of 32 teams in the NFL. Teams such as New England, Baltimore, San Francisco, and Atlanta have lesser payrolls. To say that the Bears are cheap is misleading at best. The guys in charge (Angelo) have used the money they had to spend poorly. The Bears organization should use New England as a model. They need to evaluate talent better and spend for quality. Time for a huge decision, who can you trust to rite the ship?

Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:20 pm

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

To know this was a great decision by the Bears all you have to do is read the list of first round draft picks... ouch.  Then if you want to validate the decision even more... when the Bears obviously needed help at receiver they grabbed people like Roy "Hot Hands" Williams and Sam "on my way to jail" Herd.  Great move Bears!

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:18 pm

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

Go get Polian & Jeff !

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:14 pm

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

Report: Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo

Paging Team Polian, team Polian to the White phone ........



Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:09 pm

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

I am doing the happy dance today!! One of the Three Stooges is GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You have all the time in the world to whistle Dixie now, Genius Angelo!

And to all you people taking about injuries and the 2011 Bears -- QUIT USING INJURIES AS AN EXCUSE!! You sound like our ex bumbling buffoon of a head coach--Wanny. "AHHH..UMMMMM WELL WE HAD A A LOT OF SERIOUS INJURIES THIS YEAR...Ahhhh Ummmm."

Let me tell you about another team who had "a lot of serious injuries" last year. The 2010 Green Bay Packers. How did they do? They won the Super Bowl because they have a competent GM who could draft and evaluate talent, UNLIKE GENIUS ANGELO who felt Caleb Hanie was a NFL back up QB. FAIL!

QUIT BLAMING INJURIES PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:04 pm

Report: Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo

Last year, the Bears went to the NFC Championship game, not "one and done."

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