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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: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2008 8:16 am

Let's hear it for Jerry Angelo


Seriously, these guys get paid millions to play a game.  A few of the requirements are: 1) you be good enough to play, 2) no felonies and few misdemeanors.  Other than that it is pretty much CHA CHING versus the rest of us smucks that actually work 9-5 (if we are lucky) for a living.  Just let one of the posse drive and take the hit when you all booze it up too much.  That should actually be part of the posse's responsibility!  This guys has been drunk behind the wheel of a boat and car.  Let's just hope he doesnt get into farming and start driving tractors!  You just know he is going to get charged with operating a lawnmower drunk any moment now...

Angelo sent a strong message to the team as a whole. 

I will spare you from another Cowboy's signing joke, but you know some team out there is going to say..."we thought he deserves another chance" speech before they drop a million or two at his feet.  For the next team, when he gets wasted again and climbs behind the wheel of whatever vehicle happens to be around (because he seems to not be able to help himself), just dont act shocked.  Do the right thing and say "well, we took a gamble on this guy and hoped his character had changed, but we were wrong and are waiving him today".

Since: Apr 24, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2008 2:34 am

Let's hear it for Jerry Angelo

Seems to me that Cedric lives in a cave or just doesn't care anymore.  He is turning into Maurice Clarrett (s/p) with his off field antics.  Roger Goodell made it clear that any negative activities a player is associated with, that players team will also be punished as well by the commissioner.  I applaud Angelo for taking the initiative and forcing the other players on his team to take notice that he is willing to stand up for you during troubled times but you have to repay him by changing.  Guess Cedric and Tank didn't learn their lessons.  Morons!

Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2008 12:34 am

Let's hear it for Jerry Angelo

You have got to like Angelo for the move.  He saw an opportunity to cut bait with a bust and still look like a genius.  If Benson were productive on the field he would still be a Bear.  You can cut a lineman(Tank Johnson) and not do too much damage to a team, but rb is too high a priority and if he were helping them win games they would have had to keep him.  If they were to get rid of a productive Benson,  they could at least have gotten something for him.  But no production and off the field issues made this one of Angelo's easiest decisions.  How often do you get to make a mistake(drafting him in the first place) and come out looking good to your boss and a hero to the fans

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2008 11:58 pm

Let's hear it for Jerry Angelo

I agree.  Angelo wasn't tough, just opportunistic.  Judge is misleading about the Tank Johnson handling as well.  He didn't dismiss him until it was obvious he was going to get suspended indefintely anyway.

As for Benson, the league (except for King Carl Peterson) has come to the conclusion that RBs are a dime a dozen anyway. Unless its Tomlinson, its pretty easy to change running backs any time.

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2008 11:55 pm

Let's hear it for Jerry Angelo

Its about time.  Lets hope Forte is better than the 2 rbs selected, make that 3..... salamm, enis, benson....  by goodness talk about sucking at draft picks for rbs

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2008 10:46 pm

Let's hear it for Jerry Angelo

I applaud the move as well because Benson is a complete waste of a roster spot. I don't think Angelo deserves much kudos, though. This is a perfect way to cut ties with his high priced bust. He can now blame Benson's off the field behavior as the reason he did not work out in Chicago rather than taking the blame himself for poor talent evaluation (wasting a top pick) and decision making (choosing Benson over Jones). If Benson were a productive back Jerry would not have been so quick to cut him.

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2008 9:45 pm

Let's hear it for Jerry Angelo

not a big fan of jerry angelo but he did the right thing, benson wasn't worth the headache and now he's gone. he will play for another team but there is no way he is going to be a starter wherever he plays. he is awful. What were the bears thinking when they traded thomas jones??

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2008 9:44 pm

Let's hear it for Jerry Angelo

Well said.  When the whole Tank Johnson mess started, I don't think Angelo was really firm and the media jumped all over it.  But I think he grew and I think he's all business now.  Actually, the whole organization is all business now.

Let's hope it translates into some victories, especially with #4 retiring!

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