Biggs: Angelo may go “All In” for 2012

After Sunday’s reports that Bears GM Jerry Angelo may retire following the 2011 season “depending on how it turns out,” many of us may have found ourselves excited and relieved. We shouldn’t if the Bears’ answer is to promote Tim Ruskell to GM, but that’s another discussion.

To me it’s hard to rate Angelo as great or terrible. Since taking over the Bears in 2001, the team’s record is 94-79. Contrast that with the record of 51-77 from Mike Ditka‘s firing to Angelo’s hiring. So nobody can say that current GM has been an absolute bust, especially considering that under his watch the team has won the division four times, made the conference championship twice and even gone to a Super Bowl.

But also nobody can argue that Angelo’s drafts have been shaky at best, and he has developed very few players at the wide receiver, offensive line and safety positions.

And interesting enough, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune extrapolates from Angelo’s comments that if the GM does return as expected next year, he may go “all-in” to win.

How could he not go all-in? Why hasn’t he gone all-in yet? Angelo pulled a blockbuster trade by Bears standard, heck any team standards, by landing Cutler. What good is this if he’s wasting Cutler’s prime years without maximizing the potential for winning now?

I know we’ve seen scary results from the so-called “dream team” in Philadelphia. But comparing NFL teams is not apples-to-apples. I think Angelo adding a bonafide player at wide receiver, offensive line and defensive line for the stretch run of Julius Peppers‘, Brian Urlacher‘s, and Lance Briggs‘ careers is his only option.

That is if the team is truly committed to winning and not just enjoying $19 million in unspent salary cap space, which the McCaskey family can all split.

5 Responses to “Biggs: Angelo may go “All In” for 2012”

  1. Dallas, Washington, and Phily (The Dream Team) should’ve taught us by now that throwing money at free agents simply doesn’t work in the NFL. However, if you use it to plug short term holes, it will work. You don’t go “ALL IN” in football. You build your teams through the draft and maybe pick up a good player in FA. If Vincent Jackson becomes a free agent, then of course, you can bid for him. Even NE, despite how great of an organization they’ve been the last ten years, have had more than their share of free agent busts.

  2. Our savior is Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State. To move up in the first round to get him might cost us Devin Hester or Lance Briggs. I know I speak of blasphemy, but something needs to change. The NFC East the last 10 years is a blueprint of what not to do: Lurie, Jones, and Snyder can fight each other for free agent headlines. All they will have to show for it is another overrated team.

    Doug Baffone metaphorically described acquisition of Cutler and the current Chicago offensive talent to “buying a Mercedes and then putting 4 bald tires on it.”

  3. Jeff, what scares me is the Bears’ track record on developing receivers picked in the first and second rounds…I know I don’t have to go through the list of those names for you!

  4. I agree with the whole idea of drafting Justin Blackmon, unfortuantely he will probably be long gone before the Bears get to him. So the plan to go “all-in” should be for the Bears to sign Vincent Jackson (if he doesn’t re-sign with the Chargers), and then to draft Michael Floyd, the stud receiver out of Notre Dame. Floyd would learn alot from being under Jackson’s wing and he is an excellent blocking wide receiver, which will behoove Matt Forte. Not only would that give you a solid one-two punch at the receiver position, but then you also can’t forget the extension the Bears just signed Earl Bennett to. Add the likes of Deuce Lutui (OG- Arizona Cardinals) or Carl Nicks (OG-New Orleans Saints) to the offensive line and Jay Cutler would be putting up career numbers for at least the next 4-5 years, but more importnantly, the Bears would be dominating teams with all the weapons. Now for the defensive side of things, the Bears should look into signing current Colts’ DE, Robert Mathis to compliment Julius Peppers. Isreal Idonije has done a decent job being Batman’s Robin, but not good enough to the point where opposing offensive lines have to stop double and even triple teaming Peppers because of Idonije. Robert Mathis is used to playing Robin, considering he’s played with Dwight Freeney his whole career. And like the Colts’ defense, the Bears’ is predicated on getting to the quarterback, and Mathis has made a living off of it. Lastly, there was talk in this past condensed offseason that Eagles’ CB Asante Samuel was not happy with the Eagles’ additions of both Nnamdi and Rodgers-Cromartie. The word is that he is still upset with his situation in the city of brotherly love, and before the season, the Eagle’s asking price was a third round draft choice. With Bowman, Jennings, and possibly even Corey Graham all leaving the team via free agency, why not trade for the Pro-Bowl caliber corner. He would compliment Charles “Peanut” Tillman on the other side, and he can do what Lovie Smith loves to do: CREATE TURNOVERS. If the Chicago Bears would ever open the wallet just a little more, stop being so stingy and go “all-in” by making these necessary moves, they could easily build a team, that while is up there in age, could be viable Super Bowl contenders for the next 5-6 years. ohh yeah, and fire Martz.

  5. Im almost scared to think about what Angelo’s version of “all in” would consist of… Im just hoping he retires and George McCaskey sends Ted Phillips and Tim Ruskell packing along with him. I also dont know about O.C. I doubt Martz will be back, and I wouldnt be to excited to see Tice get promoted… but I have to believe at this point with the circumstances being different, there would be more outside interest in the O.C. position.

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