Q & A with Bears general manager Jerr...

Q & A with Bears general manager Jerry Angelo

There are 168 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jan 18, 2009, titled Q & A with Bears general manager Jerry Angelo. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

If the Bears aren't playing dominant defense, something is wrong. General manager Jerry Angelo has invested heavily on that side of the ball, financially and with draft choices.

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greylion

Lockport, IL

#1 Jan 18, 2009
Vasher and Brown will both be gone. No trusty Dusty too, this means they have to add a FA somewhere on defense. We'll see, but I don't think they'll pay for Peppers?
test

United States

#2 Jan 18, 2009
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Hungry Jack

Chicago, IL

#3 Jan 18, 2009
Doesn't look promising for The Interceptor, but that contract is an extravagance with Corey Graham around, assuming Peanut is healthy. Bowman will be in the mix. Angelo has more faith in Manning than I do, because he seems prone to brain camps at safety.
discplayer

Decatur, GA

#4 Jan 18, 2009
I agree about Angelo's unwarranted faith in and defense of D. Manning. Funny how he poops on Mike Brown again, like he did last off-season, saying he can't see any place for Brownie (who he didn't pick) since it'll hurt his own draft pick, Danieal (who's been a complete flop in every position he's been put at)... i've been steadily losing respect for Angelo throughout his tenure with the Bears. For every mid-to late round find, he's blown so many day one picks -- WAY TOO MANY for the franchise to have stayed successful.
Israel Deleon

Odenton, MD

#5 Jan 18, 2009
Before Merinelli starts his new assignment with the Bears as there new defensive coordinator, he would need to look at the game between the Steelers, and the Ravens to see what he can do with when this team has to face them next season because if our defense plays the same as it did for the last five games of this past season, they the Bears are not going to have a chance to beat either one of these two current teams in the AFC. The Bears need to be ready for these guys if they are going to ever have a chance at making another Super Bowl run, as of right now this current defense just does not have what it takes to win.
Cocobear

United States

#6 Jan 18, 2009
Pathetic. Once again, not a single journalist has point blank asked Lovie or Angelo if firing Rivera was a mistake. I spend a lot of money on this team and I want a damn apology for firing Rivera and hurting this team.
AndrewPDX

Portland, OR

#7 Jan 18, 2009
I love Mike Brown, but it's clear Angelo is looking to the future, which he should. Angelo MUST find a safety who can run the secondary in Cover 2 and stay on the field. I'm tired of the secondary being in disarray every time Brown is out. Manning has the skills but not the brain. It's just going to be tough to see Mike Brown go.
haroon

United States

#8 Jan 18, 2009
Cocobear wrote:
Pathetic. Once again, not a single journalist has point blank asked Lovie or Angelo if firing Rivera was a mistake. I spend a lot of money on this team and I want a damn apology for firing Rivera and hurting this team.
False. Rivera wanted more money, period. Lovie and J/A felt as though this wasn't needed and Rivera made his intentions known when he said he wanted a head coaching position. He walked on his own with no negotiations, which was a mistake because there was no team willing to take him on as a head coach or defensive coordinator at the time. He took a linebackers coach job at SD. He is a good coach, but through the best of this defense and the worst; this is Lovie's defense and scheme.
ldc

Champaign, IL

#9 Jan 18, 2009
Cocobear wrote:
Pathetic. Once again, not a single journalist has point blank asked Lovie or Angelo if firing Rivera was a mistake. I spend a lot of money on this team and I want a damn apology for firing Rivera and hurting this team.
No one owes you a damn apology.

Rivera was not the reason the defense played well.

It was having a healthy team, especially a healthy Tommie Harris, Mike Brown, Nathan Vasher and Urlacher.

I'm sick of saying this. When Tommie Harris went down in the Super Bowl season, the team started to decline, and has been in decline ever since.

After all, if Rivera was such a great coach, he would have filled one of the head coaching vacancies over the past three years.

He didn't even become a Defensive Coordinator until the middle of this season again.

Let's be real. If Ron Rivera didn't play for the Bears, no one would give a damn.
Israel Deleon

Odenton, MD

#10 Jan 18, 2009
Are there still any Chicago Cardinals fans out there?
Bleed Cubbie blue

United States

#11 Jan 18, 2009
Well, if we had an actual offense,(seriously, 27th in the league in time of possession shows just how ****ing offensive our offense is,) then perhaps the defense wouldn't get tired, and we can actually stop teams like the Ravens.

On the other hand, there times where it looked like the defense was uncoordinated, sloppy, and even downright lazy. I couldn't believe what I was seeing this year. It was as if we didn't even give a **** at times! I pray that this changed with the coaches on defense canned, and being replaced.

Another thing that killed us on defense is the lack of a pass-rush. We were getting picked apart by a team's aerial attack, and we've made mediocre QBs look like Hall of Famers. This has to change. With Marinelli now doing what he does best, and Sapp coaching Tommie, we just may regain what was lacking on defense.
lgangrymn35

New Buffalo, MI

#12 Jan 18, 2009
Danieal Manning is a raturner. That's it. Don't put him on defense. He's not big or smart eneough.
the constant princess

Deerfield, IL

#13 Jan 18, 2009
ldc wrote:
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No one owes you a damn apology.
Rivera was not the reason the defense played well.
It was having a healthy team, especially a healthy Tommie Harris, Mike Brown, Nathan Vasher and Urlacher.
I'm sick of saying this. When Tommie Harris went down in the Super Bowl season, the team started to decline, and has been in decline ever since.
After all, if Rivera was such a great coach, he would have filled one of the head coaching vacancies over the past three years.
He didn't even become a Defensive Coordinator until the middle of this season again.
Let's be real. If Ron Rivera didn't play for the Bears, no one would give a damn.
You are so delusional.You know nothing.
DevilDan

Rockford, IL

#14 Jan 18, 2009
Adewale Ogunleye - 6 mill.
Nathan Vasher - 5mill

11mill might just get you peppers, getting peppers and 2 new WR's would be enough to make me happy this offseason. make it happen!!!
George

Woodridge, IL

#15 Jan 18, 2009
Moving on from Mike Brown might be the best. While I would like to see him back, we need to look forward. Angelo does have more faith in D. Manning than most of us but we will see. He has loads of athleticism so hopefully once they find a solid place for him on defense, he will bloom.

Please dump Vasher or move him to nickel at least. Let Bowman and Graham battle for the #2 CB spot assuming Tillman comes back 100% healthy.

You guys are crazy for wanting to dump Dusty. This guy has a lot of potential. I can't wait to see what the d-line looks like under Marinelli. Harris, Dusty, Harrison, Brown, Wale, and Anderson should look like new players next season. Can't wait.

GO BEARS!!!!
ldc

Champaign, IL

#16 Jan 18, 2009
the constant princess wrote:
<quoted text>You are so delusional.You know nothing.
Actually, I do.

1) At the end of the day, as someone noted, the Bears run Lovie's version of the Tampa-2. Lovie had to teach this to Rivera.

The irony is, when the defense worked well, it was all Rivera's genuis, but now, the defense stinks, and it's Lovie's fault for getting rid of the genius.

Circular logic. Ultimately, Lovie deserves the bulk of the blame and credit.

1) The Bears defense gave up 300 yards every game after Tommie Harris was injured DURING the SUPER BOWL SEASON.

They had only done so once before his injury.

Do you really think that was a coincidence?

And if Rivera was such a wiz, why was he unable to right the ship without Harris?

Let's be honest, injuries as much as anything have slowed the defense.

When Harris is at the top of his game, he is the most dominant force on the defense. Hands down.

But when he is not, people notice.

The funny thing is, i have yet to hear one person explain how Rivera's operation of the Tampa-2 was so much better than Babich's.

And before you say he ran less Tampa-2, know that Babich was often calling blitzes.
bear0806

Grayslake, IL

#17 Jan 18, 2009
Bleed Cubbie blue is as idiotic as angelo.
George

Woodridge, IL

#18 Jan 18, 2009
DevilDan wrote:
Adewale Ogunleye - 6 mill.
Nathan Vasher - 5mill
11mill might just get you peppers, getting peppers and 2 new WR's would be enough to make me happy this offseason. make it happen!!!
Peppers wants to go to a team where they play 3-4 and he can be an outside LB. Nice idea though.
luvbears

Roscoe, IL

#19 Jan 18, 2009
Absolutely a shake up was needed on the defensive side of the ball, but that's not the only thing that's going to win games. Why do we still have Turner? Why wasn't the same shake up on offense? If Angelo really wants changes, like he says, then change things. The thought of the entire offensive coaching staff coming back is disheartening. It will be the same ol' same ol', half a team, if we're lucky. The defense can play their hearts out, but it means nothing, if we have no offense.
luvbears

Roscoe, IL

#20 Jan 18, 2009
Is it possible Tommie hasn't been into the game , because of the coaching staff and the nice contract he signed? Please don't misunderstand me, he's my favorite player on defense, but it sure seems that he's lost his desire.

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