For those who have been critical of Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith, don't you think it's about time you start giving them credit?
Sure, you may have not approved their draft picks but at the same time, they've scored some wins too. You may not like how the address the media, but who cares, almost every other front office person and coach is the same way.
The Bears are now 7-3. They've exceeded most everyone's expectations but Angelo and Smith still get no love. Why so? Some can't get over the fact the Bears haven't made the playoffs in the past three seasons.
There wasn't a magic pill the team could haven taken to cure all of its ills. Just like every other team, the management and coaching staff have to develop players and the players have responded. Let's take a look at what they've done to improve the team:
- Traded for Jay Cutler.
- Didn't resign Adewale Ogunleye and cut Mark Anderson and Alex Brown in favor of signing Julius Peppers and promoting Israel Idonije.
- Signed Anthony Adams, Roberto Garza, Frank Omiyale, Chester Taylor, Pisa Tinoisamoa, Matt Toeaina.
- Drafted solid contributors - Zackary Bowman, Matt Forte, Johnny Knox, Devin Hester, Danieal Manning, Henry Melton, DJ Moore, Greg Olsen, Nick Roach, JaMarcus Webb, Chris Williams.
- Moved Williams to left guard and promoted Webb.
- Moved Omiyale to left tackle.
- Moved Hester back to returning kickoffs.
- Traded back for Chris Harris.
- Promoted Toeaina.
- Hired Mike Martz, Mike Tice and promoted Rod Marinelli.
Now some might say that many of these roster moves should or shouldn't have been made but who's to say that the Bears would have been better if these moves were made earlier or in previous seasons.
What makes this Bears team different that the 07, 08 and 09 team is the defense. They weren't healthy and didn't have the personnel back then. This season, they are healthy and have the personnel. Brian Urlacher is back after 1 less year of wear-and-tear and the defensive line is significantly upgraded with the signing of Peppers and promotions of Idonije and Asiata. The improved play of Manning and trading back for Harris has solidified the secondary.
Angelo and Smith are not going anywhere, especially Smith. In a post game interview with the NFL Network, Urlacher said the locker room like Smith as their coach. Smith doesn't sell out his players and that's why the team plays hard for him.
As long as the locker room believes in Smith and the Bears continue to win, his job is safe and if his job is safe, so is Angelo's.