10:34 AM CST, January 3, 2012
Jerry Angelo famously said he wanted a few solutions, and Tuesday, the Bears finally opted for one of the smartest: firing Angelo.
Yes, the man who spent a second-round pick on legendary Dan Bazuin is out.
Maybe Angelo ultimately gets to color it as a resignation. No one is sure, just as no one is sure whether this was George McCaskey’s first big move or if it was Ted Phillips doing something before the Bears’ new chairman made an even bigger decision.
But the man who brought you Cedric Benson when the Bears already had professional and productive Thomas Jones is done.
This is the first step towards regaining respectability for the Bears. Talent wins, and the Bears are sadly and obviously bereft of it.
If you could suffer through most of the weapons-grade stupidity offered by Lovie Smith at his 2011 post-mortem Monday, you get to the part where Smith indicated injuries were a killer of a 7-3 season.
It was one injury: Jay Cutler’s. It exposed how badly Angelo executed the draft, which is his first and most important job.
It also might’ve exposed how badly Smith and his staff have coached, but Angelo’s crime is worse and more obvious, and he paid for it with his job.
Cutler deodorized a lot of bad things, but even Cutler was pounded by a pathetic offensive line cobbled together by Angelo as if he was dropping acid. I mean, get a load of this:
A guard is playing center, a center is playing guard, a guard is playing right tackle, a right tackle is playing left tackle, and the last guy is a backup for a left guard who’s paid like a left tackle and can’t last a full season anywhere because he’s always getting hurt because he came here hurt.
Angelo’s disastrous decisions reek all over the place, especially the offense. Angelo foisted Devin Hester on everybody as a No. 1 receiver, but the truth is, neither Hester nor any member of the Bears wide receiving corps could make Green Bay’s top five.
The drafts that killed the Bears through a lack of depth and playmakers this season finally nailed Angelo.
Years of ridiculous picks hurt the Bears when they could least afford it. Angelo brought in players who were either bad or pre-injured. He failed miserably in the most important part of his job: scouting the physical and mental talents of currency of the realm: players.
It took him 10 years to get one of his offensive draft choices to the Pro Bowl. He wasted draft picks along the offensive line. He never could figure out the quarterback position, finally trading first-round picks for Cutler, but when Angelo finally had to show what he knew about the most important position on the field, Caleb Hanie sabotaged the end of the last two seasons.
There’s no need to relive more of the idiocy. Just rejoice that change has come.
No, wait. The Bears' website claimed Smith will remain the head coach. Uh-oh.
Presumably, that means a new general manager won't be able to name his own coach, one of the worst situations you can have. Or if not worst, then least effective.
That also means Phillips will be kept around, too And in fact, if flow charts mean anything, Phillips will be hiring the new GM, or paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for a search firm to bring him a guy who can't draft.
Uh-oh, indeed. Sounds like we're still getting the Bears' special brand of weapons-grade stupidity.
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