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Bears G.M. defends o-line: “You can’t have stars at every position”

Jerry Angelo, Lovie Smith AP

Bears fans were hoping heading into free agency that the team would make a signing or two to improve the offensive line. As it turned out, the offensive line took what most see as a step backward, not adding any starters other than center Chris Spencer, who replaces the departed Olin Kreutz.

Bears G.M. Jerry Angelo, however, says he stands by the line he’s put together.

“We made our bed,” Angelo told the Chicago Tribune. “We have to make it work. You can’t have stars at every position. It doesn’t work that way.”

The concerns of Bears fans aren’t about having stars, however. The concerns are that the line is no better this year than it was last year, when Jay Cutler was sacked 52 times.

Angelo says he has full confidence in the Bears’ offensive line coach.

“Mike Tice has a great track record of developing young players,” Angelo said. “He is a great evaluator, a great teacher and developer of players. We want to take advantage of his expertise and that’s why we want to start bringing these young guys along. Just because they are unknown doesn’t mean they won’t be good players. At some point the player has to start from the bottom and work his way up.”

Cutler had better hope the Bears’ line isn’t at the bottom for long.

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29 Responses to “Bears G.M. defends o-line: “You can’t have stars at every position””
  1. thegame1479 says: Aug 9, 2011 8:08 AM

    Unless, of course, you are the New England Patriots. Then you can not only have stars at every postion…. You can also have Pro Bowlers on your practice squad as well.

  2. Grulks says: Aug 9, 2011 8:11 AM

    “You can’t have stars at every position”

    I suppose if you had stars at -any- position, that might make sense, haha.

  3. jimmysee says: Aug 9, 2011 8:17 AM

    Gabe Carimi is a future star.

  4. daudi88 says: Aug 9, 2011 8:18 AM

    The look on Angelo’s face in that photo annoys me every time.

  5. fastrichie says: Aug 9, 2011 8:28 AM

    Hey Jerry … Good move there twidling your thumbs while the Eagles sign Ryan Harris for a lowball deal … Yep let’s just go with the bums we’ve got!

  6. fastrichie says: Aug 9, 2011 8:29 AM

    daudi88 says:
    Aug 9, 2011 8:18 AM
    The look on Angelo’s face in that photo annoys me every time.

    What are you talking about? I actually think that picture says it all … He’s a pompous, arrogant butt-hole who wouldn’t recognize a talented player if he saw one.

  7. bronconation7 says: Aug 9, 2011 8:30 AM

    You break the bank for Cutler and then you put below budget line in front of him? Makes no sense. Tice took more than half a season to get that line together last year and Jay almost died in the meantime.

  8. jutts says: Aug 9, 2011 8:34 AM

    Angelo and Ruskell will screw the whole team up…………..Please George, Fire them before its too late.

  9. mdd913 says: Aug 9, 2011 8:51 AM

    “Can’t have stars at every position?” LOL.

    No, Jerry, you can’t have a star at every position…but you could at least try to. Especially when you’ve got 50 million of cap space just hanging out doing nothing.

  10. vdogg says: Aug 9, 2011 8:54 AM

    Apparently the Eagles don’t think the same way Angelo….get your head out of your a$$….

  11. illiniftw says: Aug 9, 2011 9:10 AM

    You paid $3mil/year for a backup center and your most productive offensive player (Forte) is making 500k… You are a terrible GM! Imagine what those great coaches like Tice could do if you actually gave him talent to work with!?

  12. svcfilmguy says: Aug 9, 2011 9:16 AM

    No, but you can have adequate, solid NFL talent at every position. Nice attempt at a red herring, Jerry.

  13. iowamiah says: Aug 9, 2011 9:23 AM

    Apart from Forte and Cutler, what star(s) does Chicago have on offense? Hester is a Special Teams star, not offensive.

    Just wondering who we are considering here Jerry.

  14. blueintown says: Aug 9, 2011 9:31 AM

    …and you can’t have stars in any backfield position if they are getting murdered because of the lack of an offensive line.

  15. pkrjones says: Aug 9, 2011 9:37 AM

    Be interesting to see who Angelo signs in November after Cutler, Hanie, Enderle and Vittatoe are all on IR? Forte won’t last after 40+ carries/game trying to take the pressure off of Enderle and Vittatoe. At least the New Year’s Day game will decide which NFC North team takes last place.

  16. emoney826 says: Aug 9, 2011 9:45 AM

    Matthews, Suh, and Allen will love to hear this news.

  17. ultimatebriand says: Aug 9, 2011 10:06 AM

    I really don’t understand the thinking this, other then the man is a die hard Packers, Lions, or Vikings fan.

  18. crowdedtrophycase says: Aug 9, 2011 10:07 AM

    Dear Chicago Bears,

    Please keep Jerry Angelo around for a long time.

    Signed,

    The rest of the NFC North

  19. gregjennings85 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:40 AM

    Again, have to say it:

    I hope Jerry Angelo is the GM of the Bears right up until the day Terminators take over the Earth.

  20. gregjennings85 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:42 AM

    “Mike Tice has a great track record of developing young players. He is a great evaluator, a great teacher and developer of players. We want to take advantage of his expertise and that’s why we want to start bringing these young guys along. Just because they are unknown doesn’t mean they won’t be good players. At some point the player has to start from the bottom and work his way up.”

    -Jerry Angelo, 2011

    _______________________________

    I am without a doubt, getting that quote framed on my wall. Simply beautiful. Keep up the good work, Jerry.

  21. ccad05 says: Aug 9, 2011 12:09 PM

    P.S…….. You’re an IDIOT!!!!!

  22. jsrdc says: Aug 9, 2011 12:39 PM

    “You can’t have stars at every position”

    Mr. Angelo,

    I agree with you, but you can have stars at multiple positions. You only have a star at ONE position, and it isn’t at QB. Peppers is the only star on that team. The rest of the players are good at best.

    Have fun being mediocre this year, and having that Sally at QB be a liability yet again.

  23. darthhitman says: Aug 9, 2011 3:23 PM

    Jerry Angelo = Chicago’s Matt Millen…and as a Lions fan, I will enjoy his moves as much as the NFC North [save Detroit] loved Millen’s. Here’s to ya Chitcago

  24. mrblazino says: Aug 9, 2011 4:04 PM

    you cant have stars at every position??????????? “You play to win the game!!!!!!!!!!!” in my herm edwards voice…….We WILL WIN with our outstanding coaches and HUNGRY PLAYERS, DESPITE JA our general mismanager…………

  25. broncobillie says: Aug 9, 2011 6:12 PM

    “Why bother with a good offensive line? We don’t have Greg Olsen to throw to anymore!” Did he actually say that? If actions speak louder than words, he did.

  26. mrblazino says: Aug 9, 2011 6:28 PM

    Since we cant have stars at every position, can we have competence in the front office, ijs…….FIRE JA, HIRE ME!!! That will be an upgrade….GO BEARS!!!!!

  27. sfkforever says: Aug 9, 2011 7:08 PM

    angelo either has nude pictures of virginia mccaskey or he is the master of jedi mind tricks…

  28. dfeltz says: Aug 9, 2011 7:20 PM

    The Bears line isn’t as bad as it seems, yes they were horrid the first 6 weeks of the season, but from there on, week 17 the Packers got to him 5 or 6 times and other than that, I think the most was 3, and that only happened twice. What I am saying is, for the fans who watched, the O-line was improving week by week the second half of the season. Those guys started to develop some chemistry. I would have liked to go out and signed the best available FA too, but Angelo didn’t go after anybody that was really worth a damn. If Chicago can build a nucleus fine, the W column will echo that, if not, Angelo is gone and they re-tool next year. Either way its win win

  29. axespray says: Aug 11, 2011 1:19 AM

    as a Packer Fan, I actually feel kinda sorry for Jay Cutler and Matt Forte…

    I mean, you see the talent Cutler has (Cannon Arm/Mobility) and you see what Forte can do out in space….

    then you supply them with early 2000’s eagle-no name type recievers…..

    then slap an awful offensive line in front of them… then throw away draft picks, then use the last few (like 4 draft picks) on experiments like dan lafeour (?) …

    c’mon man….

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