Jerry Angelo was fired as general manager of the Chicago Bears after the team lost five of its final six games.
Angelo was informed of the decision today by team president Ted Phillips, the Bears said in an e-mailed statement.
The Bears finished 8-8, and missed the playoffs for the fourth time in five years. The club lost five consecutive games in the second half of the season following quarterback Jay Cutler’s season-ending thumb injury, then won its Jan. 1 season finale against the Minnesota Vikings.
Eight-year head coach Lovie Smith said yesterday on the franchise’s website that the Bears did not need a major overhaul to be competitive in 2012.
“If you’re watching football and you’ve seen us, I think you’ll say that when we were 7-3, that’s a pretty good football team,” Smith said. “If we keep the core in place and just make the changes that you normally make after a season, we get back there.”
Angelo was hired by the Bears in 2001. In his 11 years with the team, Chicago won four division titles and had a Super Bowl appearance.
-- Editor: Michael Sillup, Jay Beberman