The Chicago Bears confirmed Tuesday morning what the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times and ESPN all reported, that general manager Jerry Angelo would not be retained for the 2012 season.
A press conference is scheduled for today at 4:00 PM.
Angelo was hired in 2001 and led the Bears to four division titles, two NFC Championship Game appearances and a Super Bowl appearance in his 11-year tenure as GM.
He was, however, widely criticized for his frequent misses in the early rounds of the draft.
Of course, the first question on the minds of Bears’ fans is who will replace the long-time leader in Chicago, which also had begged the question whether or not head coach Lovie Smith would be retained.
However, according to team contacts, Lovie is safe.
The biggest question now is just how drastic this change will be. Does new chairman George McCaskey promote Tim Ruskell, current director of player personnel and former Seattle Seahawks GM, or does he go find the football version of a Theo Epstein?
The obvious “Big Fish” on the market right now would be former Colts general manager Bill Polian, who led Indianapolis to nine playoff appearances in 10 seasons and has been awarded NFL executive of the year six times.
Personally, I like door number two.
One guy—who I’ve been suggesting for months now—might be Green Bay Packers' director of college scouting John Dorsey. While GM Ted Thompson gets a lot of credit for what it is they’ve built up in GB—deservedly so—Dorsey is at the heart the team’s successful drafts.
Dorsey, however, has turned down interview offers for similar positions in the past. But that was before he won a Super Bowl.
If McCaskey wants to prove he means business and is brining real change to the Bears’ organization, Ruskell—who failed miserably in Seattle as a GM and is an Angelo hire—will not get a sniff at the current vacancy.