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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

Since: Apr 20, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2008 2:24 pm

Let's NOT hear it for Jerry Angelo

Judge wrote.......  This is how to run an organization....   That is so untrue....   If the bears were a strong enough or smart enough organization, they would be able to help players.  Noticed the players always mess up more than once in Chicago, thats because they know the bears (Management, Team, Coaches, Fans) are pansies........  THATS WHY THE BEARS ARE ALWAYS ONE OF THE WORST TEAMS IN THE NFL, ship Jerry and his team to the arena league

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2008 1:50 pm

Let's hear it for Jerry Angelo

Gallifrey brings up a vaild point.  While I commend Angelo for not tolerating Benson's antics, he's been pretty much a bust thus far in his short NFL career.  With that in mind, I don't think it was as tough a decision for Angelo to make.  Granted they don't really have anything else besides Benson, but was he really that much better than let's say, Adrian Peterson?  Not really, making this decision easier.  Funny how coming into the NFL, he was being compared to Ricky Williams and he was trying to steer clear of that.  They have both been tools off the field, but at least Ricky came to play.

Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2008 1:36 pm

Let's hear it for Jerry Angelo

Absolutely no suprises here, remember that this is a business, right? The question is how much $ does this save Da Bears and do they have the cash to sign someone like Alexander, who after the last couple of horrid years should be playing with a chip on his shoulder and has plenty to prove.

Travis Henry would also look good in a Bears uniform and still has plenty to prove and runs the ball with the determination and attitude that Bears' fans would love. Yeah, I know some call him a cancer, but I'll take someone who's 4:20 friendly over someone driving drunk any day!

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2008 1:33 pm

Let's hear it for Jerry Angelo

I agree if Beson can't be trusted to act resposibly he does not deserve to be on the field, or anywhere near the field for that matter.  I think Matt Forte will be a better running back anyway.  This move just makes sense.  Lets hope the rest of the league can follow Angelo's lead and just get rid of these over-paid guys who think they can do whatever they want and get away with it.  It will go a long way in helping team unity, which can ultimately help a team win a championship.

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2008 12:21 pm

Let's hear it for Jerry Angelo

I'm pretty sure Cedric spent the off-season hanging with Ricky learning the tricks of the trade and sharing hair advice among other things.

Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2008 10:21 am

Let's hear it for Jerry Angelo

agree completely, kevin jones would be relatively cheap to pick up now and he has all the potential in the world if he could stay on the field. plus unlike henry or alexander or a few other proven backs he doesnt have any emotional baggage, which obviously the bears wanna rid their team of.  they def. should get a quality backup in case forte isnt up to the task.

Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2008 9:53 am

Let's hear it for Jerry Angelo

Thank god, Benson is gone!  Angelo made the right call here but he was a month late & should of canned his ass after the boating incedent.  Angelo's only down fall is drafting offensive skill position players (QB, RB & WR) other then that I have no complaints about him.

Does this mean the Bears might go out and give Shaun Alexander or Kevin Jones a one year deal?  I know Travis Henry is out there too but he might be worse then Benson.  I think Alexander is worth a gamble and at 50% health can out produce Benson.  I can't see the Bears going with Forte, Peterson & Wolfe to carry the team.  Peterson & Wolfe could battle out for the #3 RB but neither of these guys can carry the load as an every down back.  I don't know much about Matt Forte, but he must really be impressing people if they don't sign another veteran to replace Benson.

Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2008 9:42 am

Let's hear it for Jerry Angelo

The question is: would they still have dumped him if he had a great season last year?  I doubt it.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2008 9:41 am

Let's hear it for Jerry Angelo

The Bears need to go out and get Shaun Alexander or Kevin Jones on the cheap just in case Forte is not ready.  But at least their not wasting anymore time or money on a guy that broke one tackle that resulted in a meaningful gain last year.  His alcoholism must be an issue b/c Benson was solid in college but ran like a frightened child in the pros. 

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2008 8:20 am

Let's hear it for Jerry Angelo

well said and i agree.  but Jerry was also the one who drafted both Cedric and Tank.   Both had off the field issues.  Benson was arrested twice at Texas.  if benson rushed for 1,500 yards and 15 td's ,  Jerry would have let the league suspend him for the first 2 games (jared allen from K.C. last year) and this would be a nonissue.

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