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Report: “Persistent chatter” Jerry Angelo could retire

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The offseason could be an interesting one in Chicago, and not just because the contract of offensive coordinator Mike Martz will be expiring.

Jason La Canfora of NFL Network said on Gameday Morning that there is “persistent chatter” among scouts that Bears G.M. Jerry Angelo could retire.  La Canfora mentioned that the decision could hinge on the manner in which the season finishes for the Bears.  It’s unclear whether that means a great ending would prompt Angelo to walk away triumphantly, or whether a bad one would cause him to disappear with his tail between his legs.

If he goes, the next question would become whether the next G.M. would want to keep coach Lovie Smith.  Angelo had no desire to keep coach Dick Jauron when Angelo arrived in 2001.  An unexpected 13-3 record forced Angelo to give Jauron an extension, and to tolerate Jauron for two more seasons.

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22 Responses to “Report: “Persistent chatter” Jerry Angelo could retire”
  1. packfaninchitown says: Dec 11, 2011 10:16 AM

    Lovie had 7 rejections for the OC job prior to hiring Martz, Martz goes to college and he’ll never find anyone.

  2. fittytuckin says: Dec 11, 2011 10:17 AM

    I bet you Matt Forte is tebowing,oops, I mean praying for this.

  3. transam7816 says: Dec 11, 2011 10:29 AM

    Early christmas present for bears fans??

  4. nikkodawg says: Dec 11, 2011 10:35 AM

    On behalf of 99% of Bears fans, please do!

  5. trbowman says: Dec 11, 2011 10:42 AM

    Report – Persistent chatter Bears fans are going to throw a parade.

  6. hscorpio says: Dec 11, 2011 10:44 AM

    I think I speak for fans of 75% of the NFC North when I say “Please don’t go, Jerry”.

  7. trollhammer20 says: Dec 11, 2011 10:55 AM

    Even if they don’t score as many points as the Broncos, Bears fans may be celebrating a victory today.

  8. doug1grohlin says: Dec 11, 2011 10:59 AM

    As long as Ruskell doesn’t take over. You thought things were bad now, give him the wheel.

  9. mialto says: Dec 11, 2011 11:28 AM

    What better news can a Bears fan ask for before Christmas!

  10. moerawn says: Dec 11, 2011 11:43 AM

    Dang. Not Jerry Jones?

  11. beedubyatoo says: Dec 11, 2011 11:53 AM

    What better news can a Bears fan ask for before Christmas?
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    For the Packers to lose 8 games before the end of the regular season?

  12. teejaysplace says: Dec 11, 2011 11:56 AM

    @packfaninchitown – That was when Lovie looked like a lame duck coach and no one wanted a ticket aboard the Titanic. Since then, the team’s won the division, appeared in an NFC Championship game, Lovie’s received a contract extension, and the two best offensive players, Jay Cutler and Matt Forte, are playing the best ball of their careers. Toss in the fact the fact a new GM might be more amenable to investing in the office than Angelo was and the job starts to look a lot more promising. I bet if you asked around, this would be considered one of the more intriguing OC gigs in the league.

  13. teejaysplace says: Dec 11, 2011 11:58 AM

    *Sorry, was supposed to say “investing in the OFFENSE”

  14. jutts says: Dec 11, 2011 12:10 PM

    O.M.G. All I want for Christmas is for this to be true…..

  15. jutts says: Dec 11, 2011 12:11 PM

    Anyone but Ruskell

  16. realfootballfan says: Dec 11, 2011 12:28 PM

    The Bear fans’ hatred of Angelo, Smith, and especially Martz is puzzling. Exactly how many NFC championship games and Super Bowls did that franchise go to since the mid 80’s when the so called franchise messiah, Mike Ditka, squandered one of the greatest defensive rosters of all time? I don’t think it was any, or am I missing something.

    Also, exactly when has the franchise had anything approaching a good offense or top 10 QB play? I don’t even think you can say that’s ever happened in the modern era, but Bear fans are ready to run Martz out of town, too?

    Maybe you’re clamouring for those Dave Wanstedt, Dick Jauron days. Or maybe you should realize your franchise history, the cheap family who owns your team that will never pay top dollar for a GM or coach, and realize that you have one of the better tandems in football going right now under those circumstances. conly get worse.

    5 playoff runs and a Super Bowl appearance in 8 years with the likes of Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton as your QB isn’t that shabby.

  17. canuck54143 says: Dec 11, 2011 1:07 PM

    On the way home from work a seen a shooting star, so I wished for the Bears to have one of the top front offices in football. All you Bears fans can thank me… lol

  18. stampnhawk says: Dec 11, 2011 1:23 PM

    Enjoy Ruskell slowly and agonzingly running your team into the ground with poor drafting and questionable personnel decisions, Bears fans.

  19. dd393 says: Dec 11, 2011 1:49 PM

    Now all they need is grass on the field instead of green dirt.

  20. Christian says: Dec 11, 2011 3:18 PM

    I’m no Jerry Angelo apologist, but he hasn’t been a bad GM. Only Bill Parcells enjoys what amounts to a sterling reputation, and even he created a mess in Miami before skeedattling. Fanbases of sports teams are a fickle, unsatisfiable bunch, and well they should be–it’s that expectation of perfection that drives excellence. But be careful what you wish for: even if Ruskell doesn’t take over, who are you going to get that’s better?

  21. thegreatness34 says: Dec 11, 2011 3:20 PM

    Now if mccaskey would sell the team, we’d be in great shape! As dumb as angelo is, he is limited by bean counter Phillips and putz mccaskey .

  22. firejerry says: Dec 11, 2011 7:44 PM

    If he does not retire…….he should be fired!!!!!!

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