Report: “Persistent chatter” Jerry Angelo could retire


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.

22 responses to “Report: “Persistent chatter” Jerry Angelo could retire

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

  2. What better news can a Bears fan ask for before Christmas?

    For the Packers to lose 8 games before the end of the regular season?

  3. @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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

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

  7. 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?

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