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Bears expected to keep Angelo, make “significant moves”

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Bears fans wanting change after a depressing end to the 2011 season are likely to be disappointed.

Lovie Smith certainly isn’t going anywhere. All signs point towards G.M. Jerry Angelo sticking around as well.

CSNChicago.com’s John Mullin writes that Angelo will be back in 2012 “barring a monumental shift of Halas Hall thinking.”

Mullin has spoken to various sources within the organization that point to a couple key factors regarding Angelo’s status.

Angelo has already been deeply involved in 2012 planning. That likely wouldn’t happen if Angelo was truly a “lame duck” about to leave. Mullin also points to Angelo’s “excellent” relationship with the Bears’ new Chairman George McCaskey.

It’s believed the Bears want to gear back up for a title run next year with a healthy Jay Cutler at quarterback. Angelo will reportedly be given the resources to make “significant moves again” this offseason.

At some point, the Urlacher-Lovie-Angelo era will have to end. But this doesn’t look like a franchise that is ready to blow things up anytime soon.

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  1. textexington says: Dec 26, 2011 5:41 PM

    Packers>Bears. LOLZ.

  2. randolph32 says: Dec 26, 2011 5:45 PM

    Let’s wait and see how well Moon’s (Mullin) contacts come through. NO ONE, not really any of the cohorts at Halas Hall, know what George is going to do, as he hasn’t told anyone nor hinted to the Media.

    I do believe he’s right about Lovie–if ever a ‘Game Coach’ were needed, it would be for Lovie- he’s going nowhere and over the past two years has done his best Coaching job with the ‘crap’ Personnel that Angelo has provided (Backup QB is the latest to rear it’s Ugly Head as an example–how do you keep someone for 4 years and have NO idea if they’re any good?).

    But ole Jerry? How in the world do you keep this Boob? Through his tenure, name me a position that he’s Drafted well, except for Special Teams, and I really don’t believe you Draft for that position.

    What to we have left? An aging Defense, No Wide Receivers, No Tight Ends, not much of an Offensive Line….so what’s that leave?

    And then what happens if Martz leaves or they dump him? This is an OrganIzation that has no direction, no up, no down, nothing?

    They need to get really bad soon for a few years to get some decent draft picks…nothings worse than being .500 in the NFL!

  3. ijr213 says: Dec 26, 2011 5:46 PM

    They shouldn’t blow anything up yet. They’re a healthy Jay Cutler away from making moves in the playoffs.

    What they need to do this offseason is continue improving their offensive line, find a true #1 receiver, and continue getting younger on defense. They’re close, but they need to be healthy. And they need to give Forte a respectable contract…

  4. bunjy96 says: Dec 26, 2011 5:47 PM

    But what about Martz?

  5. kingmj4891 says: Dec 26, 2011 5:48 PM

    And hence this is why the Bear will finish fourth next year in the division.

  6. pekkle007 says: Dec 26, 2011 5:48 PM

    This is music to my ears like fingernails on a blackboard. – Nobody rewards general manager incompetence like Chicago sports teams, especially the Bears.

  7. echoplex89 says: Dec 26, 2011 5:49 PM

    coach halas.

    rolling in his grave.

  8. bvanbvan says: Dec 26, 2011 5:51 PM

    This Packer owner ALMOST feels sorry for you guys!

  9. hallcyon says: Dec 26, 2011 5:51 PM

    How is this supposed to compete when it can’t even acquire offensive linemen? Decisions by Jerry Angelo put this team in the position they are now in. They have an excellent coaching staff, all they need is the talent to work the systems in place.

    No team can win if the offensive line doesn’t block and the defensive players can’t cover and tackle. There will be injuries too, and adequate reserves are needed for any championship team. The Bears have talent in players like Knox, Hester, Forte and Cutler who can work within Martz outstanding offensive system that can compete with Green Bay and New Orleans in the NFC. But the team actually lost talent from the successful 2010 team to the 2011 one, and that is chiefly on the shoulders of Angelo.

    Angelo can be given the resources to make significant moves. He has previously and signed many players who are now cut or reserves on a bad football team (with massive salary cap implications too), that has personnel that can’t get the basics right.

    Don’t blame the coaching staff, this one is all on management.

  10. jc1958cool says: Dec 26, 2011 5:52 PM

    wrong move! enough said

  11. Chip Caray's Eyebrows says: Dec 26, 2011 5:53 PM

    I’m not sure if this post is insinuating that Lovie needs to go…but if it is, then somebody needs to pull his head out of his ass.

  12. explosionsauce says: Dec 26, 2011 5:53 PM

    Please replace Martz!

  13. paytonsghost34 says: Dec 26, 2011 5:57 PM

    I’ll say this till I’m blue in the face: Jerry Angelo is a downright horrible General Manager.

    Horrible at drafting
    Can’t identify offensive talent

  14. tonystrong says: Dec 26, 2011 5:58 PM

    I don’t think Bears fans can really complain about the teams performance this season. While the lack of a decent back-up QB cost them the playoffs, before Cutler and Forte went down they were on their way to being a tough out in January. There are some areas on the team that need improvements but if they didn’t suffer the devastating injuries they did, they’d be sitting comfortably in the playoffs!

  15. bears46 says: Dec 26, 2011 6:00 PM

    Why is Urlacher thrown in with Angelo and Lovie? What did he do, other than play his ace off?

  16. teal379 says: Dec 26, 2011 6:03 PM

    So it’s rather obvious he hasn’t made the best talent/draft selections.

    I fail to see how letting him do whatever he wants to build a contender for next year is a good idea. That would mean dumping some huge cash in FA.

    Philadelphia – remind us again why that’s a good idea?

  17. kinguga says: Dec 26, 2011 6:04 PM

    I guess they’ll get rid of Martz, then. After all, if Lovie and Angelo are returning, what other “significant moves” could they be contemplating?

  18. jdandcoke says: Dec 26, 2011 6:08 PM

    nobody in the nfc north is doing anything for a few years with rodgers in GB. cutler, urlacher, briggs, and peppers are all on the “other” side of their careers…..not one of them will be around to see the packers become a normal team again. the only team in that division who may be pretty much intact when the packers begin to fall are the lions. the bears???? lol…..get a head start and begin rebuilding.

  19. dfeltz says: Dec 26, 2011 6:12 PM

    I didn’t even read this article. But I know the only significant change needed is that Angelo needs to go.

  20. bleusharque says: Dec 26, 2011 6:24 PM

    Keeping Angelo? Now I’m REALLY depressed!

  21. rajbais says: Dec 26, 2011 6:24 PM

    Yes, the significant changes should be

    1. Fire Mike Martz and replace him with Jim Fassel or Jeremy Bates!!!

    2. Get legitimate wide receivers!!!! Other than a healthy Knox or Bennett they have no one!!!

    3. Get offensive linemen!!!

    4. During the “best player available” picks, if it happens to be defense just add it!!!

    5. Via free agency, get a good backup QB!!!

  22. firejerry says: Dec 26, 2011 6:45 PM

    Fire Jerry now before he wastes another first round draft pick!!!!!

  23. jimmysee says: Dec 26, 2011 6:45 PM

    Bears do not draft well. That’s on Angelo.

  24. 2difshoe says: Dec 26, 2011 6:56 PM

    Bears organization needs to look up the definition of significant. Angelo is a ‘ significant ‘ catastrophe to this team.

  25. anhdazman says: Dec 26, 2011 7:00 PM

    The Bears were foolish to rely on Hanie once Cutler went down. Bears should have clearly seen he’s not up to the task of carrying them into the play-offs.
    Oakland knew Boller wasn’t the answer and did what they needed to do to keep a possible play-off chance alive by bringing in Palmer.
    Houston was only lucky they had an excellent RB tandem and Defense to win a couple of more games to get into the play-offs. Yates and their season will end in their 1st post season game.
    The best the Bears could do was Hanie than Josh McCown? That’s pathetic.

  26. 46defense says: Dec 26, 2011 7:05 PM

    They are tens of millions under the salary cap (the team is notoriously cheap). With the new CBA their draft won’t be overly expensive, even if they tank the game Sunday to get a top ten pick.

    Free agents they should look at in 2012:
    Cliff Avril
    Cortland Finnegan
    Dwayne Bowe
    DeSean Jackson
    LaRon Landry
    Marques Colston
    Anothony Spencer

    If you can land 2 of those guys it’ll be “Great Success” (Borat voice)

    Also I think it’d be hilarious if Olsen came back, but after Martz punked him I doubt that is happening.

  27. howiehandles says: Dec 26, 2011 7:10 PM

    Angelo is the problem, and Ruskell isn’t the answer.

    You can’t fail that often in the first round and expect to win Super Bowls.

  28. howiehandles says: Dec 26, 2011 7:11 PM

    @anhdazman,

    The only reason they were able to acquire Palmer, is because he quit on his previous team, and the Raiders overpaid for him. Let’s not act like Palmer is a difference maker anymore.

  29. howiehandles says: Dec 26, 2011 7:16 PM

    “nobody in the nfc north is doing anything for a few years with rodgers in GB. cutler, urlacher, briggs, and peppers are all on the “other” side of their careers”

    Cutler is on the other side of his career? See, this is the problem with free speech.

    Just keep this is mind, injuries change everything. All it takes is one hit for a players career to be dust. Peppers is 31, Urlacher is 32, but missed a year.

    As well, the Pack has had a good year vs the Bears, but Lovie still has a winning record vs them, and the most lopsided game came vs a team with their 3rd string rb, a free agent QB, and other castoffs starting. You can keep telling yourself that they’re done, but the Bears give the Pack fits when they’re best players are healthy.

  30. gb4mn0 says: Dec 26, 2011 7:18 PM

    I would guess since they missed on Meriweather that the “significant moves” are in the secondary. Last night told that story. IMO with Cutler, Carimi and Forte all back next season and getting some DB help either via the draft or FA Da Bears should be in the mix.

    In spite of what some of you Bear fans think about the current management of your club Da Bears organization seems to alway get around to getting it right, most times sooner than later.

    I love this rivalry and hate Da Bears with a passion but next to the Green & Gold there is only one other team in the league that deserves as much respect and that would be Da Bears.

    Hope you all have a safe and prosperous New Year.

  31. Gordon says: Dec 26, 2011 7:19 PM

    ijr213

    …And they need to give Forte a respectable contract…
    ——————————————————–

    What is the deal with the Forte contract stuff?

    Look, they offered him top 5 RB money, & he turned it down, which is his right. How is a top 5 offer not “respectable”?

    He’s having his best year in a contract year. Before this year he was just a middle-of-the-pack RB.

    I hate Angelo as much as anyone else, but the Bears have made good offers to their current players that are worth keeping (even Kreutz).

  32. Derty Ernie says: Dec 26, 2011 7:21 PM

    They have a running back with serious attitude adjustment that can fester the clubhouse. Need to deal with that.
    Team needs couple of real receivers and they are solid as anyone.

  33. Nikhil Balakumar says: Dec 26, 2011 7:25 PM

    only hope at a title is if they pay forte

  34. packfaninchitown says: Dec 26, 2011 7:36 PM

    Ah Jerry Angelo, the best thing to happen to the Packers since Matt Millen. Keep him around a very long time. :)

  35. jdandcoke says: Dec 26, 2011 7:47 PM

    ok….i’ll give you cutler. he’s NOT on the other side of his career, barely. sadly, even the front end of his career isnt good enough to overtake the packers anytime soon. he’s close to 30 and is a BIT above an average QB…..nothing special at all.

  36. talonh says: Dec 26, 2011 8:06 PM

    “but Lovie still has a winning record vs them”

    Lovie’s record against the Packers is 8-9

  37. packerjer says: Dec 26, 2011 8:18 PM
  38. chetwynnr says: Dec 26, 2011 8:38 PM

    Yeah Packfan, that’s about what I was thinking a a Lions fan. Chicago, Matt Millen isn’t doing much these days and we’re pretty much done with him! Millen makes Angelo look like a football genius.

  39. bordner says: Dec 26, 2011 8:44 PM

    talonh says:
    Dec 26, 2011 8:06 PM

    “but Lovie still has a winning record vs them”

    Lovie’s record against the Packers is 8-9
    ————————————————
    He’s also 2-7 vs. the Pack since Aaron Rodgers took over. I think Lovie’s on the “other side” of his coaching career.

  40. jimmysee says: Dec 26, 2011 8:56 PM

    Packers beat the Bears four times in 2011.

    (That’s impressive.)

  41. bearsrulepackdrool says: Dec 26, 2011 9:35 PM

    Man, get Cutler a big play WR (Man I get tired of writing this year after year after year.) and corner, a solid cheap interior linemen, draft a outside linebacker in the first round of the draft. Then I’ll be happy.

    Please trade Devin Hester! Shocking?! No it makes sense. We’ve had Johnny Knox and Daniel Manning return kicks for touchdowns. I’m convinced we can find someone else. But, when we have to look to him for scoring opportunities in the return game, then we have a problem. He’s a great trade commodity, now. He’s listed as our number #1 receiver yet has only one touchdown catch and less than 400 yards receiving. Bad ankle or not. He doesn’t deserve to be on this football field if he’s not catching the football.

    Then again this won’t happen. Why?! Jerry Angelo is in charge and it makes too much sense. Angelo never makes the move that makes sense. If he does he waits until we’re publicly embarrassed and it “makes him look bad” then he does it just to please the fans. But, by then we already have holes elsewhere.

  42. stevedigre says: Dec 26, 2011 9:37 PM

    At least you have a crap GM that you can blame, his moves from afar have seemed ‘odd’. My Vikings have a trio of power and we don’t know who is to blame for the absolute mess.

  43. cubear34 says: Dec 26, 2011 9:40 PM

    Days are getting longer

    (that’s impressive)

  44. lrt79 says: Dec 26, 2011 9:41 PM

    Look, we all know that had Cutler and Forte stayed healthy the Bears would have been 10-6 at the very very least but probably somewhere in the area of 11-5 or 12-4.

    Yes, the injuries have displayed a terrible lack of depth but take any great QB out late in the year after that QB had helped create and build momentum and that team goes nowhere.

    If anything, what happened this year was good news for the Bears. Only through a couple lucky breaks were they going to beat the Packers or Saints with their young or inept safeties and Jennings/Bowman opposite Tillman.

    Now the problems that have been evident since last season are completely exposed and will need to be fixed. Had the Bears made the playoffs, those issues might have been addressed in maybe a couple late round picks, but they wouldn’t have been fixed.

    If the offense can get into a groove early next season, it’ll take pressure off the defense. They won’t need to be on the field all day and wear themselves out by the end of the season, as was evident last night.

    Next season is THE season. The last great hurrah of Urlacher and Peppers to combine with the first great season for Cutler. Unless major money is spent to bring in some younger defensive studs – the window is getting ready to close.

  45. djstat says: Dec 26, 2011 9:42 PM

    Angelo is a failure. He has held back love smith

  46. summoe2c says: Dec 26, 2011 9:44 PM

    The Bears needs n GM lik da Packers or Patroits who does his homework on scouting good players wen draft time com,players dat will make n immediate impact.

  47. cubear34 says: Dec 26, 2011 9:44 PM

    Jimmysee can type

    (even more impressive)

    mom must be so proud

  48. childressrulz says: Dec 26, 2011 9:54 PM

    Never going to amount to crap with Lovie as coach

  49. 46defense says: Dec 26, 2011 10:48 PM

    Isn’t Cutler younger than Rodgers? He was drafted after him.

  50. dino2997 says: Dec 26, 2011 10:59 PM

    The Bears were down to their 3rd string QB and RB with their #1 receiver out. No team in the NFL can survive that no matter who is the GM or coach.

  51. gridassassin says: Dec 26, 2011 11:02 PM

    Last night’s game was pretty clear evidence, but this string of comments is interesting.

    The Bears offense, with a high school teacher, a 3rd and 4th round RB and without two offensive linemen, actually played well above my expectation levels. Sure, in the end, they lost – but the big failures last night were on the defensive side of the ball.

    Urlacher, Briggs and Tillman looks all of their 30+ years old.

    The defensive line was playing against a patchwork offensive line, and didn’t register one sack (CB Tillman did).

    The ‘coaching staff’ that is so great – benched Tim Jennings in favor of Zack Blowman….. and boy did he blow man.

    The most interesting thing under Lovie Smith (and Jerry Angelo and Rod Marinelli) is the fact with all that ‘defensive geniusness’ – they have not drafted a defensive difference maker since Tommie Harris. Urlacher was a Mark Hatley pick. Briggs and Tillman were drafted under Dick Jauron and Angelo. And Izzy Idonije was an undrafted free agent under Jauron/Angelo. Where in the hell is the accountability?

    Angelo also has a propensity to draft players that were injured their senior years, and if not for the injury – Jerry rolls out the: “They would have been first round picks or been drafted much higher.”

    The time has come for Angelo AND Tim Ruskell to go. Lovie is beloved by Virginia McCaskey and won’t be going anywhere.

    I’m sure Martz is history also – although it’s not his fault that Angelo didn’t bring in a veteran QB until it was too late. Then again, he’s the ass hat that demanded Todd Collins last year.

    There damned well had best be changes at Halas Hall – and I don’t think filling in pieces around Urlacher (who’s contract is up after next season) and Briggs (who demanded a new contract prior to this season – is a very good idea.

    Forte is in deep crap with his contract – the Bears have Bell and Barber either signed or ‘under their control’ for another season. They’ll franchise tag him, and maybe do it again. Then he’ll be too old to demand big money after the 2013 season.

    Ah yes…. off season for Bears fans – always an interesting time.

    …and all you chirpy Packer fans – your defense looked VERY pedestrian against a bunch of gym rats and practice squad guys last night.

  52. brennankm46 says: Dec 26, 2011 11:12 PM

    pekkle007 says:
    Dec 26, 2011 5:48 PM
    This is music to my ears like fingernails on a blackboard. – Nobody rewards general manager incompetence like Chicago sports teams, especially the Bears.

    ——————————————–

    Yeah, I would say Bulls/Blackhawks GM’s are doing a halfway decent job.

  53. mialto says: Dec 27, 2011 2:04 AM

    Angelo had 3 years since he got Cutler, offensive free agent acquisitions? None. Ten years to make a run, and all of a sudden he needs one more season? GTFOOH! George is going to lose credibility with his locker room.

  54. skoot773 says: Dec 27, 2011 3:21 PM

    City of Chicago> Green Bay

  55. tommytd says: Dec 27, 2011 3:23 PM

    The Bears make changes every couple of decades and that’s about it. I have never seen a more inept group and I’ve been following them since the Billy Wade days. The Bears front office and coaching staff totally SUCK and they all need to get the boot.

  56. Michael Salmestrelli says: Dec 27, 2011 8:52 PM

    ANGELO IS NOT A GOOD GM. FANS, VOTE WITH YOUR MONEY AND DON’T SUPPORT FAILURE. BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT!BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT!BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT!BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT!BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT!

  57. thegreatness34 says: Dec 28, 2011 1:49 AM

    Mccaskey, sell the team. You didn’t earn it. You didn’t buy it. You inherited it and you’re a stupid cheap putz. Phillips also a putz. Angelo is crap. Please sell the team to an owner who can afford the team, evaluate and pay for top talent. Instead we get this living in denial garbage. Average wideouts in a passing league, average def backs at best, joke of an oline, and a laughingstock backup QB

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