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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
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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: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:43 pm
 

Report: Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo

When Cutler and Forte went down and left a huge void, it was very apparent the Bears never really had a plan B .  Injuries part of the game.  Other teams in the NFL have injuries too.  But the Bears are so cheap they fail to get a decent #2 QB as a back-up or pick up one on waivers or trades from other teams.  Like Caileb was going to be the answer.  Come on people.  For a minute I thought Angelo was a student of the Matt Millen School of Football Mangement.  Bad upper mangagemnt moves have cost this team and I won't even start to talk about signing Roy Williams.  This team and its owners are pathetic.



Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:41 pm
 

Report: Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo

Angelo needed to go and Phillips too. The contracts that have been handed out have made aquiring talent difficult. Urlacher and Briggs are great talents on the field, but the contracts that they extorted from the Bears brass have strapped the team for years. The blame goes to Angelo and the boys. Also there track record on drafting has been poor, not addressing the positions of greatest need. The Bears franchise and fans deserve much, much more than they have been given. A new day is dawning in Chicago, hopefully it's a sunny one.




Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:31 pm
 

Report: Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo

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

Jeff Fisher is out there, eager to return to the sideline.  GET HIM.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:26 pm
 

Report: Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo

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



Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:15 pm
 

Report: Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo

Forget Cowher...nobody listens to that crap he speaking.  How does Lovie survive?      
; They have not one a big game since he beat an up and comming NO saints at home for the bowl....they dont beat teams that actually win..Check out the last 2 years........even last season, they only beat the pack cause they had like 20 penalties called on them. He is a shitty over rated coach. FIORE HIM...we need real change!



Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:15 pm
 

Report: Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo

Forget Cowher...nobody listens to that crap he speaking.  How does Lovie survive?      
; They have not one a big game since he beat an up and comming NO saints at home for the bowl....they dont beat teams that actually win..Check out the last 2 years........even last season, they only beat the pack cause they had like 20 penalties called on them. He is a shitty over rated coach. FIORE HIM...we need real change!



Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:06 pm
 

Report: Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo

This is an overdue firing in my opinion because this guy did a horrible job building this football team and if the Chicago Bears want to take the next step then this had to happen!



Since: Jul 29, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:03 pm
 

Report: Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo

Why is Bill Cowher not being talked about.  I'd take him as GM or head coach in a second.  He's perfect for the Bears! 



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:53 am
 

Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo, Lovie 'will remain'

The Bears have too much talent to finish at 8-8.  Angelo had a lot to do with that, but so did Lovie.  Smith should also go.  While he may have an excuse for this season, the fact is that the Bears have reached the playoffs only once since their Superbowl year, and that was last years one and out performance.  Lovie's 43-39 record over the past 5 years is simply not acceptable, especially when you look at how terrible Detroit, and then Minnesota were during that time.  If the Bears are going to reorganize, then do it completely. 



Since: Aug 6, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:51 am
 

Report: Bears fire GM Jerry Angelo

Couldn't agree more!!! THEY ARE CHEAP........


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