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The Daily Shoutout: Bears in chaos

Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:50 am
Edited on: January 3, 2012 11:29 am
OPENING HIT: The Bears fired Jerry Angelo, the team's general manager, and a team source said the reason why was simple:

"The organization was growing stale."

Interesting. Not sure I'd agree with that and it seems that Angelo was far from the main problem with the Bears. The firing of Angelo seems completely and utterly reactionary to not making the playoffs. Angelo isn't blameless but the reason Chicago didn't make the postseason is because their two offensive stars, Jay Cutler and Matt Forte, were injured. Let's be real. A healthy Bears team is probably still playing.

Let's put it this way. As Bears general manager Angelo was 95-41 overall. Under him the Bears won four division championships and went to a Super Bowl. Does that sound like a man who should have been fired?

But this is the NFL. Being sensible or patient is against league rules. I actually think teams get fined for that.

The team announced on its website that Smith would coach in 2012. A source had earlier told me that Smith was in trouble and I still think he is. I'm still not convinced Smith will coach the Bears next season and I'm extremely skeptical he'll coach beyond that.

A new GM wants his guy and it's only a matter of time before the new GM, well, pushes for his guy. Smith is not that person.

We'll see.
Category: NFL
Tags: Bears, NFL

Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:00 am

The Daily Shoutout: Bears in chaos

It's a pretty strong (and dead wrong) statement to say that the guy who is responsible for talent acquisition is not responsible for the mess that is the offensive line and receiving corps.  While there was a lot of luck involved (as there almost always is), the Packers won last season with several starters missing all or substantially all of the season.  The Bears, on the other hand, had a hard time keeping their playmakers healthy with a well below average offensive line and no depth once key players were injured.  And, this is talking about only the offensive side of the ball.  On defense, there is a lack of quality at three of four positions in the secondary - how many failed safeties have been drafted in the first three rounds under Angelo?  This is an uninformed blog.

Since: Jan 9, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:52 am

The Daily Shoutout: Bears in chaos

Word in Indy was that Polian was grooming is son to take over the reigns (as his son was given more decision making over the past few years) and that he was pretty bad.  In turn, owners didn't want his son to take over so he fired the Polians.  I'm sure the 2-14 record didn't help the cuase either.

Since: Apr 9, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 8:55 am

The Daily Shoutout: Bears in chaos

So in a passing league need where TEs are running all over the place making plays he trades Jay's main target Greg Olsen. We need playmakers on offense, what does he do, bring in Roy Williams. We desperately need OL help what does he do ? No FA not even a backup and only 1 draft pick. Wait, let's talk draft the only 1st and 2nd round picks to make any impact on this team in the last 11 years during his tenure where Tommie Harris (1st rd) Matt Forte (2nd rd).

and that is only to mention a few

Again, this is a guy that should keep his J.O.B ...? come on Angelo lovers stop it   

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 8:24 am

The Daily Shoutout: Bears in chaos

  Something else jerry hasnt been able to do is hire a good offensive coach.  Martz got it cause nobody else wanted.  Martz alomst got Cutler  killed and ran forte into the ground.  Would love to have pollian as GM.  Of course indy was a one player team.  Kinda happens when you have the 28th pick for almost 10 years.  Going to happen.  And i would still take the Colts Oline and wr over the bears.

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:50 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Bears in chaos

Could not have said it better.

Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:42 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Bears in chaos

Agree on all points, especially with Freeman being dead wrong. The dude is completely out of touch. Two results of these horrendous drafts are (1) the talent level of the Bears is seriously behind opponents in their division as well as the rest of the better teams in the NFL and (2) the Bears did not carry an NFL caliber quarterback to back up Cutler. Number 2 is the primary reason why the Bears did not make the playoffs.

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:12 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Bears in chaos

Tillman was a 2nd round pick.

In that same draft, Angelo had the 4th pick overall - and traded down to get the 14th and 19th picks.  With those picks he took Michael Haynes and Rex Grossman.  In the same draft, Troy Polamalu went with the 16th pick.

2002 draft - terrible (#1 pick Marc Colombo)

2003 draft - decent (Tillman in 2nd and Briggs in 3rd) but blowing both first round picks was costly

2004 draft - good - got good players, although Tank Johnson had character issues (#1 was Tommie Harris, very good for a while)

2005 draft - terrible (#1 was Cedric Benson, ahead of many Pro Bowlers and 20 picks ahead of Aaron Rodgers)

2006 draft - decent - got Hester in 2nd but no one else with team (traded down out of first round)

2007 draft - very poor - I still like Olsen (#1 pick), and Graham made Pro Bowl on special teams, but many picks were total busts

2008 draft - good - many players still with team, and Forte is a special back - Chris Williams not worthy of #14 overall, though

2009 and 2010 drafts - acquiring Cutler was the right move - 2009 later rounds produced some OK players (Knox in 5th) but no other real talent acquired; 2010 - traded 2nd round pick for Gaines Adams - the pick that became Rob Gronkowski

So 2009 was decent and 2010 was terrible in terms of drafing players.  Cutler worth two #1s, especially with how Angelo uses them.

2011 draft - incomplete

That's only 2 good draft out of 10.  Regularly, Jerry Angelo missed on top picks.  He consistently blew #1 draft choices - consistently.

Two of the best players on the Bears are Brian Urlacher (not drafted by Angelo) and Julius Peppers (a known quantity, not drafted by Angelo).  Many Angelo free agent signings have been busts (Manumaleuna, Taylor, even Muhammad).

You cannot miss on that many draft choices and expect to keep your job.  Freeman is dead wrong.


Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 6:45 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Bears in chaos

Polian is not the same case at all aggie16--Polian got fired because the Colts went 2-14 and were exposed as a 1 player roster.  Without Manning they were not even remotely competitive and that speaks volumes about the work Polian had done in the draft and free agency the last 3 to 5 years --terrible is what the job was.  The Bears were a virtual playoff lock again this year until Cutler and Forte got hurt later in the year.  I am not saying the Bears were wrong to fire Angelo but I am much more surprised he was let go than I am Polian.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 5:37 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Bears in chaos

Anyone who can defend Jerry Angelo knows nothing about the Bears.  Freeman puts together some stats and how successful the Bears were but look at his drafts, they were horrendous.  He has been here 10 years and only 2 of his 1st round picks are still on the team and they have been drafted in the last 3 years.  Bill Polian got fired Freeman and that team actually won a Super Bowl.  This was well deserved.  This team has no depth and he is responsible for that.  He has failed miserably and made the organization look bad with incidents like he had with the Ravens last season.  This guy deserves to be unemployed and for a guy like Freeman to defend him shows what little he knows about football.

Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:56 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Bears in chaos

It's amazing how people are so incredibly one-sided in their opinion of Jerry Angelo. Look, he wasn't all bad. He did some good things as General Manager for the Bears. He put together three division championship teams (I won't give him credit for 2001 since he came into the organization after the draft and free agency...) He put together only the second Bears team to play in the Super Bowl. He traded for the best quarterback the team has had in 75 years. He drafted pro bowlers in Briggs, Tillman, Forte among others. It wasn't a total failure for Angelo the past 11 years in Chicago.

But in my opinion - and the opinion of the Bears ownership - his failures exceeded his successes. He missed on far too many draft picks, failing to provide the Bears with any depth whatsoever. As he exits town, the Bears are below average on several fronts - offensive line, wide receiver, tight end, corner backs, and safeties. The core of the defense (Briggs, Urlacher, Peppers, Tillman) are all on the wrong side of 30 years old, and the Bears do not currently have a capable replacement for any of those players on the roster. The offensive line has one - maybe two - player(s) that would start on any other team in the NFL (Garza with Louis as a possibility). Their best wide receiver (Earl Bennett) would struggle to be a second option on a good team. Devin Hester has failed as an NFL wide receiver. Johnny Knox is nothing more than a slot receiver on a good team. Major Wright, Craig Steltz and Tim Conte have proven only capable NFL safeties when they play 30 yards off the ball. 

When all is said and done, this team was more than likely better when Angelo arrived than it is now. At least in 2001, the Bears had a young defense featuring Urlacher, Holdman, Colvin and Mike Brown PLUS a young Olin Kreutz that proved to be a cornerstone of the offensive line. All they have today is Cutler, Forte and and aging defense. There isn't much hope unless the next GM proves to be a better draft evaluator than Angelo did.

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