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Let's hear it for Jerry Angelo

Posted on: June 9, 2008 7:17 pm
 

There are some NFL teams that talk tough. Then there are the Chicago Bears. They are tough, and if you don't believe it then you didn't follow the team's general manager, Jerry Angelo, today. First, he fired running back Cedric Benson. Then, he explained why. "Cedric displayed a pattern of behavior we will not tolerate," said Angelo. "Everyone in this organization is held accountable for their actions." Attaboy, Jerry. I don't know if Benson was reckless, luckless or just downright stupid with two alcohol-related arrests, but I do know he's accountable for his actions. Angelo made that clear a year ago when he released Tank Johnson after the defensive tackle ran afoul of the law after the Bears pledged allegiance to him.  And he just did it with Benson. It makes no difference that the Bears are vulnerable at running back or that they were counting on Benson to produce the season in 2008 he did not in 2007. He failed to make a commitment to them after the Bears made a commitment to him. So Chicago waived him and will find a replacement. I don't care if it's Tulane's Matt Forte or veteran Adrian Peterson. Someone will step in for Benson, and the Bears will be better for it. Angelo's point is this: If you can't be trusted off the field, you can't be trusted on it. So go somewhere where that's not important and have the time of your life because it's not happening in Chicago. And you know something? I love it. The Bears stood by Benson once. In fact, at the league meetings this spring coach Lovie Smith backed him when reporters asked if the club considered cutting the guy. Benson would get his chance, Smith said. Well, he got it all right. And he blew it. Hasta la vista, baby. If it wasn't clear before, Angelo's message should be loud and clear to those Cedric Benson leaves behind: Shape up or ship out. Congratulations, Jerry, on dropping us a reminder of how to run a club.

Category: NFL
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Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2008 10:13 pm
 

Let's hear it for Jerry Angelo

Where was Jerry Angelo's toughness when Pro Bowl Center Olin Kreutz was out drinking and shooting at a gun range.  This hoodlum with a long history of trouble, then proceeded to assault a teammate, Fred Miller, breaking his jaw.  This, which I assume is the kind of responsible behavior we are talking about, or lack there of, drew him a zero game suspension.  I guess Mr. Angelo's righteousness is a "New Thing".



Since: Jun 11, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2008 4:39 pm
 

Let's hear it for Jerry Angelo

And then things like this completely disgust me. Reason - there's going to be another team smiling on the other end since they know they can get quality players who come cheap just becuase they've had some "behavioral issues". I can think of the good old desperate Dallas Cowboys as a  "PERFECT" example. They scooped of Tank Washington (yeah I know he's not "THAT" good) and Pacman Jones. Both recent acquisitions by Dallas whom we can tell is obviously DESPERATE for a title.

Unfortunately, the team that pays the penalty is the one who releases the player. Then the player who was released all of sudden "cleans" up their act and voila "the headlines don't go away" . Can you imagine if Dallas wins the superbowl next year and Pacman Jones is a part of it how much non stop coverage we are going to get down our throats about how he cleaned up his act and helped Dallas win a championship.   UUUUUUGHHHH........

You will NEVER have owners who will all agree about behavioral policies until people like Pacman Jones sit out of football for lengthy periods of time. I don't see that happening anytime soon. do you?




Since: Jun 11, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2008 4:37 pm
 

Let's hear it for Jerry Angelo

And then things like this completely disgust me. Reason - there's going to be another team smiling on the other end since they know they can get quality players who come cheap just becuase they've had some "behavioral issues". I can think of the good old desperate Dallas Cowboys as a  "PERFECT" example. They scooped of Tank Washington (yeah I know he's not "THAT" good) and Pacman Jones. Both recent acquisitions by Dallas whom we can tell is obviously DESPERATE for a title.

Unfortunately, the team that pays the penalty is the one who releases the player. Then the player who was released all of sudden "cleans" up their act and voila "the headlines don't go away" . Can you imagine if Dallas wins the superbowl next year and Pacman Jones is a part of it how much non stop coverage we are going to get down our throats about how he cleaned up his act and helped Dallas win a championship.   UUUUUUGHHHH........

You will NEVER have owners who will all agree about behavioral policies until people like Pacman Jones sit out of football for lengthy periods of time. I don't see that happening anytime soon. do you?




Since: Jun 11, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2008 4:35 pm
 

Let's hear it for Jerry Angelo

And then things like this completely disgust me. Reason - there's going to be another team smiling on the other end since they know they can get quality players who come cheap just becuase they've had some "behavioral issues". I can think of the good old desperate Dallas Cowboys as a  "PERFECT" example. They scooped of Tank Washington (yeah I know he's not "THAT" good) and Pacman Jones. Both recent acquisitions by Dallas whom we can tell is obviously DESPERATE for a title.

Unfortunately, the team that pays the penalty is the one who releases the player. Then the player who was released all of sudden "cleans" up their act and voila "the headlines don't go away" . Can you imagine if Dallas wins the superbowl next year and Pacman Jones is a part of it how much non stop coverage we are going to get down our throats about how he cleaned up his act and helped Dallas win a championship.   UUUUUUGHHHH........

You will NEVER have owners who will all agree about behavioral policies until people like Pacman Jones sit out of football for lengthy periods of time. I don't see that happening anytime soon. do you?




Since: Nov 1, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2008 11:19 am
 

Let's hear it for Jerry Angelo

I do agree that this was the right thing to do.  However, I think that Cedric Benson made it easy on the Bears to cut him.  Under-preformed, over paid, high maintenance, and poor character.  In this Free Agency period any time you can free up some cap space it may be worth more than having a fill in player. 

It is nice to think that this was a moral issue, but the truth is this was an easy way out.




Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2008 1:16 am
 

Let's hear it for Jerry Angelo

Yeah, I agree.  It's easy to release a RB with off-field issues when he's not very good.  I'm not so sure the outcome would be the same if he was a solid workhorse of a RB.  Either way, Benson is an idiot.



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2008 9:41 pm
 

Let's hear it for Jerry Angelo

Besides the big 3, Enis, Salaam, and Benson last years's #3 pick Wolfe hasn't been a ball of fire either.  I hope they give both K Jones and Alexander a chance.  Alexander the past couple of years has been hurt a lot the last couple of years so I wouldn't want him to be the only alternative to Forte.  I thought teams were suppose to do a character check before they draft these guys.  Did Texas lie about this guy?  Who interviewed this guy?  Whoever it was shouldn't be doing any more interviewing ever again.



Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2008 8:35 pm
 

Let's hear it for Jerry Angelo

ender,  i could not agree more.  Shaun Alexander would be a great teacher and role model for Forte. 



Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2008 8:17 pm
 

Let's hear it for Jerry Angelo

It's good to see that some teams aren't going to put up with the BS these players of today.  I was brought up that right is right and wrong is wrong.  Do you really think the coaches of the old days would have put up with this crap.... Halas, Lambardi, Landry, Stram or even some of todays coaches like Holmgrem. (sorry if any of those aren't spelled right).

I like the bears not for just the team, but also what they stand for, because I can tell my son some day that when the bears win the super bowl agian that they did it the right way with good people.

NFL stars think they can get away with anything, and for a while they could and if more teams would stop giving these losers second chances they would get it out of their head that they are above the law.

It's time for more teams to do the same as Jerry Angelo.  Cut them and let them earn a real pay check and Lowes or Walmart and let them live the life that the rest of us live every day.  And if they don't like the treatment they get by being a celebrity and think they get treated unfair.... QUIT!!!




Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2008 5:19 pm
 

Praise Jerry Angelo? $$CED BENjamins$$

Did Jerry Angelo make this decision or did Bears ownership make this decision. Jerry Angelo chose Benson and had stuck by him through several unprofessional incidents. Ownership does not like to spend big bucks on unproven talent. They have consistently traded down on draft day. Cedric Benson may have eventually also cost Jerry Angelo his job. First Cedric holds out after the draft for the BIG guarantee. Cedric knew he was damaged goods not able to compete at the next level. Nursing a serious injury before ever stepping on Papa Bears property he held out for a LONG time and the money was there for weeks. Then he immediately assumes his greatness will outstep all others to be the Bears #1 back. Teamates wanted him to work hard and show "he was whom he thought he was". He is now a "never was" or as sports writers like to label players, a BUST. To play in the NFL you need to be a team player, Cedric is another NFL example of greed, ignorance and self-centeredness. CED BENjamin robbed the Halas Hall Bank and Trust of over $25 million dollars. He knew it and deserves imprisionmen
t. Unfortunately we all know he'll get off and play for the NFL's Texas prision system soon enough. Papa Bear would have tore him a new one each time he stepped out of line, not waited over three years and tens of millions of dollars to simply release him. Is Jerry really praiseworthy? The truth is Jerry should have forced Cedric into NFL programs that help these baby players grow up. He finally had some legal issues that would allow Jerry to force him to get the HELP he so desperately needs. Will Cedric Benson end up like Maurice Clarett smoking crack and putting a gun to his head before he gets his help? Being released puts him a step closer to that then forcing him to admit he has a problem and getting help. The NFL needs better counseling, mentoring and advising. If the players union doesn't like it, take away their millions and put the ball in the hands of a scrub. Scrub-ball wasn't that bad and atleast you knew they were playing with heart not for the CED BENjamins. Teams make TOO MUCH of an investment on a 1st round pick and obviously it doesn't work. Guaranteed money is an expensive joke. How about shorter rookie deals? Once you prove-it you get-it '$$$'. Hopefully this next lockout will clense the game and stop it from being the National Felons League. Time for ownership to regain ownsership. ATTABOY Jerry? As we say in Chi-town "Who you crapping?


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