Jerry Angelo Out as Bears General Manager

Jerry Angelo Out as Bears General Manager

From the Tribune:

A public that has largely been calling for sweeping changes at Halas Hall has gotten its wish: Jerry Angelo will not return as general manager of the Chicago Bears for a 12th season, multiple NFL sources told the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday.

Whether Angelo, who had a contract through 2013, retired or was released is not yet known. But he will not be back, bringing much more into question for the franchise.

The team has yet to make an announcement. Check back at for more on this breaking story.

I will have a full commentary up tonight.

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  • Holy Crap! I just read that on the Trib site. Are the Polian's coming to

  • What a way to come back to DBB.

    Ding dong the bitch is dead!

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB! Happy born-on-date!

    Been out of town for two weeks enjoying the finest weather AZ has to offer. Shorts, sandals, and t-shirts! I'm sure you're Diegan ass is used to it, but now that I'm a full blown Nebraskan... I can't get enough.

    Didn't even watch the Vikings game... First game in probably 6 years that I missed. I didn't have the heart to watch McCown again (though much an improvement over Hanie).

    I am so enthralled that JA is gone. Renewed love for the McCaskey's... if it was even their decision.

    Good to be back!

    But.. uh... GO BULLS! (I had to)

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    thanks maing... nice. It's been 72-75 all week here. Tough winters.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm bummed - we finally got winter here in is going to top out at 35...but then we'll head back into the 50's and 60's. If the water temps were better, I'd have gone kayaking but I don't have a drysuit and I don't want to die of hypothermia if I turtle.

    I can't say I miss the winters in Nebraska right now. They already had a week in the single digits and winter is really just starting there. Fuck that!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

  • In reply to MB30SD:


    My wife is actually a SD native since her dad was in the Navy way back when.

    I think we may get snow once or twice this year but I wouldn't take the over.

  • Hey MB Happy B-day my man! How 'bout that for a present. As long as they don't hire Ruskell or a McCaskey it should be an improvement. With 2-years worth of FA's, $20 mil cap space and the right GM we could be back in the hunt. Come on Bears, please don't fuck up this hiring.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    BOOM! canada... boom. Thanks for the wishes my man. I usually don't shout about a birthday, but I thought you guys would get a kick out of the irony... or joy... or rapture... whateveritmaybe.

    Yes, as I posted on the previous thread... as long as they finish the move well and don't hire a assbag like ruskell. They got part A right, not FINISH and get us a good GM.

    Who's available? Are the polians all manning, or are they/he a good GM? They HAVE to be better than angelo.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB!! I told you George had the stones to make this move.

    Jeff, watch the assumptions next time. Whammy!

  • In reply to Dmband:

    DM!!!! Awesome man. I am a bit scared about him not finishing. We can't afford to just promote that looser ruskell, we need to get a big name in to do it right.

    Great call maings.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I hear you. Yeah Ruskell is a step down if thats even possible. We shall see...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    No worries mate. At this point in time, all of Jerra's moves will remain "suspect" and I don't think Jerra would get fired only to be replaced by Ruskell.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    hey, i only said jerry wouldn't leave. nobody even entertained the thought of him being fired. this shocked everybody.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    It did not shock me as I predicted this 2 weeks ago. Honestly, the results speak for themselves, this injury to Cutler exposed a serious lack of depth. And the drafting of 2 injured players was the last straw.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    an.... now

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    BTW happy birthday, maing!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    thanks MBP.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Well happy days !!

    Firstly, happy birthday MB, here's to many more ....


    Happy days indeed. My pain has gone. They have cut out the cancer that is Jerry Angelo and I couldn't be happier. Almost makes up for tanking the season. Good job George.

    I woul like to think that we played at least a part in his removal by voicing our displeasure with his incompetence ever since he arrived at Halas Hall. Get thee hence to endless night you useless turd, be gone.


  • Wow, just saw this on Twitter. I have to say it comes as a surprise considering we were all calling for it but never thought it would happen. Excited to see who they put in place.

  • In reply to NY Bears Fan:

    They could replace him with a brain-damaged squirrel with a beer bottle stuck up his ass and it would still be a huge upgrade. Of course Ruskell has to go too ... no point in cutting out half the cancer .....

  • Say goodbye to Jerra and say hello to the Polians gents. I was thinking about this before the announcement was made this morning. It makes perfect sense. I have mixed feelings about the Polians but I think Jerry had alienated too many players in the locker room. My moneys on the Polians and you can take it to the bank boys.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    who, aside from Peyton, can be regarded as a Polian triumph?

    joseph addai? anthony gonzalez? bob "as injured as mike brown" sanders?

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Would you have rather been reaping the benefits as a Colts fan for the last 10 years or as a Bears fan?

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    well obviously i'd prefer their super bowl win over our super bowl loss. but i'd be angry with all the playoff flame-outs.

    and as this season has shown us - polian struck gold with manning. everything else he did led to a 2-14 season.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    I agree - I'm not sure I see what the Polians bring to the table other than availability.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Book on Polian not exactly inspiring

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Exactly - "lucking" (hah!) into Peyton does not a quality GM make.
    The terrible state of the rest of the Colts roster was exposed this season and it became clear that he no longer had Peyton's endorsement.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Please no Polian.

    Can the Chin be GM?

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I had the same thought... but I'd like a guy with the experience and proven record.

    Chin as coach... I'm all in.

  • martz is fucking gone too. g-o-n-e. watch. shit, lovie might be on the block now. I wouldn't mind going all in right now.

    IFF we can get a great GM/HC/OC mix in. Can you imagine? Fuck, I would be aaaaaaall in. Maybe george is going to do what I've said we can do all along... make the bears america's team and create a dynasty with the biggest brand in the NFL! Might as well do it now. Go george!

    I have to throw this out there (also from last dead thread)...

    Btw, with angelo gone, does this render me obsolete on this here blog? I will have to consider that today. Maybe I should retire from the blog too?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think most of us saw his faults but just though he had sneaked by getting fired a couple of years ago. I still say we should be careful what we with for at this point in time. Will Cowher work for the Polians? How bout Dave Toub?

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    yep, they need to finish trac.

  • In reply to MB30SD:!/BradBiggs/status/154231658621566977

    Brad Biggs says no other changes will be made. Hopefully this statement is as true as Lovie's "We get off the bus running" proclamations.

  • Well, this offseason just got really, really interesting.
    Damn - I'm trying to write a discussion paper today and this is not helping my focus.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I know what you mean. I had to race to my computer after hearing the news.

  • Christmas came twice for MB.

    Despite yesterday's win, what we saw is a team that unraveled because it had no depth at all. And we watched the Pack last year have equal injuries and win the SB due to depth.

    Shocking, honestly. This one has George's fingerprints on it, and I like it.

  • Not happy to see JA fired...

  • In reply to Viva:

    wish me happy birthday viva.... best present I've had in years!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I know you are as happy as a pig in shit right now, MB. You got your wish. Happy Birthday!

  • In reply to Viva:

    thanks my man. We'll see if george finishes.

    Promoting ruskell or anyone internally would not be a good thing. Let's see how it all ends up.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Is that your pride talking or your gut? I suggest waiting to see who his replacement is before making that call.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I'm allowed to be unhappy, Trac. I support the guy. Bye the same token, I hope he is replaced with someone who builds better teams...

  • In reply to Viva:

    I hear ya. The fact that this was the year to negotiate a new contract with Jerry had a lot to do with this. I think the mood in the locker room had a lot to do with this decision as well. This was the first time since I can remember hearing so many players complaining about the front office. Matt Forte's contract played into the disgruntlement.

  • I guess it's official now:

    "Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips informed Jerry Angelo Tuesday morning that he will not return as the team’s general manager for the 2012 season...
    ...No other changes will be made. That includes Lovie Smith, who will remain Bears head coach.
    The team will hold a press conference today at 4 pm (CT) in the Halas Hall theatre.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    That doesn't surprise me. For the next season anyhow's. Lovie is right up the Polians alley. They like low key, stable Head Coaches. I like Lovie. Maybe we'll get to see if Lovie deserves to get a gold star for making do with what Jerra served up for him.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Haaaa .Bears edited the story.

    Now it reads, "Lovie Smith will remain as head coach and will continue to evaluate his coaching staff," instead of "No other changes will be made. That includes Lovie Smith, who will remain Bears head coach.",0,3365211.story

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Woops, wrong link.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Daryl Drake. Be gone.


    lovie staying

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    4pm press conf will tell us more. Until then, I think Biggsy's tweets will say the most.

  • Lovie will remain in his position and a 4PM news conference has been scheduled...(per da site)

  • I'm going to go out on a limb and chalk this up to one specific sticking point.
    Matt Forte.

    I think Angelo's failure to make headway in signing Forte stuck in George's craw and they were not going to allow this to continue deep into the offseason.
    What they need to do now is make the right hire and make it in sufficient time to resolve the Forte contract situation before it impacts our draft strategy in 2012.
    If Lovie is staying, that's all the locker room is going to care about.

  • Ultimately, we can thank Johnny Knox and his slippery shoes for ridding us of Angelo. Let's hope we get a competent replacement.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    for jerry? or for johnny?

  • Dear Charlie Casserly,

    Please field Ted Phillips call. You are our best shot to land Mario Williams.

    Get Some!


  • Lovie stays but he's on a short leash. I've often said Lovie does a good job given the roster. Hopefully George is on a roll and gets the right guy for GM. Also, go all in for FA's at DE, LT, WR, CB. Boo-Yah!

  • Lovie's job is not safe boys, make no mistake here. Who ever the next GM will be given the leeway to fire and hire a new HC.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I agree - we will make a BIG splash in free agency and then it is put up or shut up time for Lovie and Martz.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I doubt Lovie gets the axe this off season. Unless the new GM comes in with Cowher or Gruden, why fire Lovie? Look at that roster. Most coaches go 8-8 without all the injuries with our roster. Most of the coaches (other than Martz and Toub) have another year or two on their contracts. Not to mention Marinelli and Tice are good at their jobs.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Oh please, not chucky, I beg you.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    + a lot

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I'm not a big Gruden fan either. From what I've been reading both Gruden and Cowher are happy to be TV foofs. If the competitive juices recede a bit, a TV job is ideal. Good dough, home at night and not much pressure as long as you do a decent job.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    If we thought Martz was a PITA, Gruden would be the creme de la poop of offensive playcalling.
    The guy had two of the all-time great defenses and squandered them with his nutty-ass offensive system.
    I think Cutler would beat him to an inch of his life in month 1.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I think your statement is true and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter

  • In reply to gpldan:

    But do I have your vote for President?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I'm good with Lovie - better the devil you know, and the kids like him. Just build that wall in front of Cutler and get us two manly receivers and this deal is done.

  • Even the stock market is happy that Jerry is gone:

  • God I hope goerge does partB right and gets us a good GM. The bears future direction from here on out hinges on this move.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    obviously I guess

  • In reply to MB30SD:

  • On Jerry Angelo. This was probably the right decision. We could certainly do worse (e.g. someone who can't draft or bring in free agents), but we can also do better. The question is who else is out there as a possible replacement.

    I don't like the Polians, they get credit for choosing Peyton Manning over Ryan Leaf, and they get credit for keeping Manning in Indianapolis for the past decade (even though I can't imagine why the highest paid player in the league would want to leave). But that's about it. This year proved that they, like Angelo, failed to build a team that could handle the loss of a star. I would understand if the Colts were 8-8 or even 5-13 this year, but going from perenial playoff contenders to worst in the league is just unacceptable.

    A few weeks back I posted some suggestions looking at well made organizations like the Texans, Steelers and Packers. I think those are the kind of people we should be looking at.

    If Angelo was fired, that might not be a good sign for Ruskell. If Angelo retired, or left on good terms, I could see his chosen heir stepping in.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Totally agree. I hope JA was fired. If Ruskell takes over we won't be any better off.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I am trying to figure out how it's possible to go 5-13 ;-)

  • In reply to NY Bears Fan:

    If you're in the AFC West, it is always a possibility.

  • Question is, what kind of GM do we get who is OK with ownership telling him who the coaches are going to be (besides JA who took the job initially under those circumstances)?

  • Ha, I hate to say it boys, but this is "almost" as good as making the post season. I can ride out this offseason with delusions of grandeur now.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Exactly trac.

    As I've said on a few past threads... the mere possibility of a great GM taking us to the promise land was much better than knowing the status quo would continue. Now we can all dream of the possibilities.

  • No mistake about it, Jerry Angelo was fired by George McCaskey. We. Have. An. Owner. (I like that title.)

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    btw, in all the jerry joy, I was going to tell you that your stanford band tweet was funny as hell.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Yes and hopefully he's an owner who understands the urgency of getting a few key pieces in place before this aging defense is over the hill. With a few players this team has a real chance at making a run for the big game. But George pulled the trigger pretty quick on this one so I'm guessing he's gonna be making some big moves and it'll be an exciting off-season.

  • Can Toub GM?

  • In reply to Viva:

    or Jeff Fisher?

  • just watched john 'al's favorite' clayton say basically zero new/interesting about the firing.

    He asked the sam question we did... will ruskell be promoted, or will we go get a real GM.

    Thanks john.

  • Haven't seen any new potential GM replacements in this thread. I don't think the Polians are coming - not after they sucked so bad. Yahoo floats Reggie McKenzie, the Green Bay Packers' Director of Football Operations, as a candidate:

    Making us stronger and the Pack weaker sounds like a good idea to THIS guy /pointsthumbs.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    hells yes. where you been maing?

    I'm all about that, IF he's been integral in their roster building. If he's just been holding ted's clipboard, then...

    is there any info on him out there?

  • What are your guys thoughts on AJ Smith as GM? Not sure if he will be fired in San Diego or not so who knows if he is available. Im unsure but it seems like he can draft offensive skill players.

  • In reply to do53:


  • In reply to Viva:

    he makes BIG decisions and has ZERO player loyalty. He's not very well liked, but the dude has HUGE nuts... good or bad.

    If there's no one else and it's between ruskell and him, I'd take him all day long.

  • Happy B-Day, MB!!!!
    Can't be said enough on here how you got the best possible present you asked for as the timing was amazing, no one here saw this coming. Well cheers to all and let's hope the Bears don't follow their dumb and cheap recipe of hiring within.

  • In reply to ben in norcal:

    thanks ben. How's the honeymoon going? Hope you're enjoying it maings.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Honeymoon was great, now we're just a boring married couple.(kidding mostly). It was the wedding present she gave me that I never reported on as I'd promised which was when the Lions went to Chi and took a beating, fucking awesome. Just never felt like commenting much since after the SD game when I got wind of The Thumb that ended our season.

    BTW, heard you guys lately talking about playing MW3, while I do own ps3, I play my online games on Xbox 360. My point is I have both MW3 and BF3. You guys are playing the wrong game.
    Check out Battlefield 3, it'll ruin your life in almost every way as you won't stop playing. Kidding ab the life-ruining part, but great game.

    Happy New Year, all. Here's to the next Bear GM being a badass.

  • In reply to ben in norcal:

    I have BF3 as well...

    Shady, Johnny, MBP? I'm down to try online.

  • Parcells? Are you fucking kidding me?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    who mentioned the tuna?

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  • Tell the pilot in the C-5 to watch the wingtips on the fences at O'Hare.

    View from Moon Mullins.

    No changes at the top.



    sounds like he's been pretty heavily involved i the day-to-day. We should give him a call.

  • Found this site while trying to refresh my memory of Jonathan Quinn. Who can remember all our QBs, anyway? Anyhow, great site:

  • Martz out too


  • First thought - Martz is an ass, for making us go through the whole pass/run bullshit two years in a row. Philosophical differences, my ass!

    Second thought, is that he'll be remembered for not adapting to his personnel. Sounds too obvious to type.

    Although, he was an upgrade over Ron Turner, and my expectations at the time were the same as Blogfather's "at least it won't be boring", and boring, it wasn't.

  • Now just tell me you send Frank Omiyale packin and life will be good.

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