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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
 
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Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:46 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Bears in chaos

Here's the deal: If the Bears had a healthy Cutler and Forte the bears would be playing next week.  However, I would still want Angelo gone because he is terrible at drafting and wasting money on picks.  For example, since the Bears drafted Brian Urlacher in 2000, there are only THREE 1st round draft picks still on the team (Tillman, Williams, Carimi).  How can you call someone a successful GM if they cant evaluate 1st round talent?
So yes, this was a bad season to go out on because this year did not directly result because of Angelo (mostly), but he needed to go and I wish him the best.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:07 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Bears in chaos

Jerry Angelo built absolutly no depth  behind starters other then that d-line.. The o-line has been terrible and he claimed he was happy with the depth. DUMB. Caleb Hanie was the guy they groomed for 3 years to be the backup. You, just like everyone else witnessed that nightmare. DUMB.. He decided that he would let Devin Hester be a #1 reciever becuase he wouldnt go and get Cutler anyone else. DUMB. He wont pay #22!!!! DUMB. How should he have kept his job past the past offseason? Lovie coaches what is given to him, how would you expect him gone? Hes a good coach with crap for talent besides that defense, Cutler and Forte..

how do you get paid for saying dumb things?! 



Since: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:06 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Bears in chaos

The Bears are wise to let the man to blame go: Jerry Angelo. He provided Plan A and Plan B. When Cutler and Forte went down, Plan B was completely useless and that is 100% his fault.

Martz was stubborn in his play calling to be sure and he quit to coach college football. That's all well and good. His system was too complicated to give the Bears any outside options when Cutler went down that they had to settle for Hanie. So good riddence. Maybe we can steal Rick Dennison from the Texans. (He was Cutler's O-coordinator in Denver)

Lovie has been an efficient coach despite having some glaring team weaknesses, especially on the O-line.  But, in all fairness he has made lemonade out of these lemons for a decade winning 1 NFC Championship, 4 NFC North titles during that time. He is a defensive minded coach and the Bears have had some pretty talented defenses under his watch.

I think if the new GM comes in and signs Forte to a long deal, then brings in a: Wide Receiver, Left Tackle, Defensive Tackle, Strong Safety, along with the return of our injured players; the Bears are easily a 11-12 win team next year.



Since: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:05 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Bears in chaos

The Bears are wise to let the man to blame go: Jerry Angelo. He provided Plan A and Plan B. When Cutler and Forte went down, Plan B was completely useless and that is 100% his fault.

Martz was stubborn in his play calling to be sure and he quit to coach college football. That's all well and good. His system was too complicated to give the Bears any outside options when Cutler went down that they had to settle for Hanie. So good riddence. Maybe we can steal Rick Dennison from the Texans. (He was Cutler's O-coordinator in Denver)

Lovie has been an efficient coach despite having some glaring team weaknesses, especially on the O-line.  But, in all fairness he has made lemonade out of these lemons for a decade winning 1 NFC Championship, 4 NFC North titles during that time. He is a defensive minded coach and the Bears have had some pretty talented defenses under his watch.

I think if the new GM comes in and signs Forte to a long deal, then brings in a: Wide Receiver, Left Tackle, Defensive Tackle, Strong Safety, along with the return of our injured players; the Bears are easily a 11-12 win team next year.



Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:00 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Bears in chaos

You really get paid to do this?  You have understated the number of losses under the Angelo's regime by 40.   You seem to completely ignore that Angelo has drafted exactly 1 Pro Bowl offensive player in 11 years (one he refused to resign during this past season).  His list of first round draft picks is a who's who of bust lists.  The Bears lack of QB depth was exposed last season and he does nothing to address it.  They traded Greg Olson because he didn't fit Martz's crappy system.  They sign Roy Williams (instead of a Sidney Rice, Malcolm Floyd type who Cutler has thrived with in Denver).

The story you should be doing is how the hell Angelo was allowed to stay for 11 seasons.  It's better to admit you have no idea about a subject then to right this kind of incorrect and inaccurate crap.  Are you married to Angelo's daughter or something?
 



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 3:58 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Bears in chaos

Angelo drafted Tillman and Briggs... but i agree with everything else you said... Angelo was there for 11 years, niether Tillman or Briggs have got 11 yrs, the Bears drafted them both, put 2 in 2 together.. but Freeman is a dummie, and you are too



Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:25 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Bears in chaos

Totally agree.... one more thing he never addressed the o-line for 4 years



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:25 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Bears in chaos

And let's not forget the Ravens and James Starks snafus....



Since: May 8, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:17 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Bears in chaos

ha ha, nice catch



Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:14 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Bears in chaos

Once again Freeman proves he's an idiot.

Let's make a comparison between 3 teams and the actions of their GM's. Two teams are out of the playoffs with these GM's losing their jobs because they were "stale" and the third team is very likely on the way to the Super Bowl. Who am I talking about the Bears, Colts and Packers.

Lets take a step back in time. Last year the Packer had injuries, lots of them they had 15 players on injured reserve yet still won the superbowl. Their GM Ted Thompson has built a team to withstand set backs. A team that is constantly changing. This year the Packers are the second youngest team in the NFL with 10 rookies that made the team, 12 players that are 2nd year and and 6 players that are 3rd. That's 28 players if your counting that have 3 years of less experience. That is a GM who is ahead of the curve and prepared for whatever might happen. Just look at this last week. The Packers sit the probable MVP Aaron Rodgers and the second stringer who throws for a franchise record 566 yards and 6 tds. Thats a team that is young, vibrant and definately not going stale.
 
Next we have the Colts. This is a team that until this year had a great record season after season but was built on just one guy, Peyton Manning. Manning had the second most consecutive carreer starts in history and is a phenom, his stats prove it. Football however is a team game Polian hadn't drafted well and it showed. The Colts will have the no. 1 pick and the draft and for much of year appeared headed for the dreaded 0-16 season.

Now for the team at hand. The Bears.  They were good last year. They won their conference and made it to the NFC Champiosnip game. Yet in that game they found out how vulnerable on offense they were. Cutler went down, the Bears then went to 2nd stringer Collins who could do nothing, he was benched for Hanie showed a little but couldn't act on the big stage. Result, Bears bounced from the playoffs. How did the Bears react in the off season? They did nothing. The GM follow the status quo. This year Cutler gets hurt again, they aren't prepared. Forte gets hurt they aren't prepared. A promising season turns into a season to forget.  Their greatest challenge lies ahead. Signing Forte. Angelo has already proved he is incapable or unwilling to deal with Forte. I think this firing has more to do with Forte than anything else.

There you have it 3 teams going in opposite directions. One entrenched at his team and building a potential dynasty. Two other teams headed in opposite directions  with GM who had grown too comfortable in their jobs.






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