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Bears drop GM Angelo, offensive coordinator Martz; Smith stays


Jerry Angelo (Chicago Bears media guide photo)

The Chicago Bears were very successful under the guidance of general manager Jerry Angelo. They won four division titles and played in a Super Bowl in his 11 years.

But during the 2011 season the apple fell off the cart in a big way.

Angelo was fired following a team collapse in the wake of injuries to QB Jay Cutler and RB Matt Forte and drug scandal involving WR Sam Hurd.

The Bears also fired offensive coordinator Mike Martz and quarterbacks coach Shane Day.

But through it all, the blame for the Bears not reaching the playoffs does not fall at the feet of head coach Lovie Smith who keeps his job for another season.


Info compiled from Chicago Bears, NFL, Radio & TV news

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Green Bay upends Bears, 21-14

Aaron Rodgers (photo by Chad Davis via wikipedia commons)

Aaron Rodgers is making Green Bay fans forget about that traitor Brett Favre with each and every win on the football field. More now than ever since the Packers are heading to the Super Bowl.

Rodgers ran for a touchdown and made a touchdown-saving tackle in leading Green Bay to face the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Packers played an all-around game of offense, defense, shutting down Bears punt returner Devin Hester.

In the 182nd meeting in the series, Green Bay won 21-14 over the Chicago Bears.

The Packers are 13-6 and had to win all of its playoff games away from Lambeau Field, at Philadelphia, at Atlanta and now Chicago to get to the Big Game in Dallas.

Rodgers’ counterpart at QB, Jay Cutler, left the game due a knee injury in the third period, but he not performing well anyway.

His backup Todd Collins was inefficient as well.

The best QB for the Bears was third-stringer Caleb Hanie and he added life to the team.

Hanie rallied the Bears for a touchdown to cut the lead to 14-7 after Chester Taylor’s 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter.

But Hanie also gave the Packers a chance to add the winning touchdown by throwing a pass to Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji, who rumbled 18 yards for a TD and a 21-7 lead.

Hanie then threw a touchdown to Earl Bennett of 35-yards and it was 21-14 with 4:43 to go.  But the Bears chance to tie ended when Hanie threw another interception by Sam Shields and that was the game.

Rodgers threw 244 yards with two interceptions and he led The Pack to a quick 14-0 lead.

compiled from NFL news

Bears dump Vikings 40-14; Hester stars, Favre hurt again

TCF Bank Stadium hosted the Bears & Vikings (photo by Wx Gopher via Wikipedia Commons)

The University of Minnesota campus hosted the NFL  game between the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings because a snowstorm caved-in the roof at the Metrodome last week.

Devin Hester set an NFL record with his 14th career return for a touchdown leading the Bears over the Vikings 40-14 Monday night in snowy weather.

Brett Favre, surprisingly got the start after being ruled out on Saturday’s NFL medical report due to a sprained right shoulder. Favre recovered in time to start the game, completed 5 of 7 passes for 63 yards with a touchdown and interception before getting knocked out with a head injury.

The Vikings fell to 5-9 with the loss.

The Bears move to 10-4 and clinched the NFC North Division title as Hester returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter and he also caught a 15-yard touchdown pass.

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was 14 for 23 for 194 yards and three touchdowns.

compiled from staff, NFL & Chicago Bears news

NFL MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Bears beat Packers 20-17 to stay undefeated

The much-improved Jay Cutler threw for 221 yards, linebacker Brian Urlacher forced a key Green Bay fumble and Chicago became opportunistic by taking advantage of a team record-tying 17 penalties by the Packers, in a 20-17 win Monday night at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Jay Cutler (NFL)

Brian Urlacher (NFL)

Green Bay wide receiver James Jones lost a fumble after being hit by Brian Urlacher at the Packers 46-yard line with just 2:18 left in the 4th quarter. A few plays later, Morgan Burnett was called for pass interference on Earl Bennett, which set up the winning 19-yard field goal by Robbie Gould with 4 seconds left.

The Bears, one of the most disappointing teams in 2009, are 3-0 and sitting by themselves in first place in the NFC North Division. The Packers fall from the unbeaten ranks and are 2-1.

compiled from staff, NFL & Chicago Bears news

Browns beat Bears in preseason action, 13-10; lose rookie Hardesty

The Cleveland Browns management really like rookie RB Montario Hardesty.

Montario Hardesty Browns RB (U of Tennessee photo)

The Browns traded into the second round to draft Hardesty, who rushed for 1,345 yards in 2009 for the SEC’s Tennessee Volunteers. They like him as a starter or as a change-of-pace runner for 5’9, 205 pound Jerome Harrison, who has always had durability questions about him since he entered the NFL.

Colt McCoy Browns QB (U of Texas photo)

But Hardesty has durability issues of his own. His career with the Volunteers was slowed down because of injuries. On Thursday night, Hardesty hurt his left knee in the second quarter in Cleveland’s 13-10 win over the Chicago Bears in Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Hardesty’s injury could keep James Davis on the roster according to Cleveland area talk shows. He gained 66 yards on 15 carries and caught five passes for 53 yards before leaving with a leg injury in the fourth period.

Another Browns rookie who has had a shaky preseason camp is QB Colt McCoy. The Texas Longhorns alumnus received his first pro start and was a perfect 13-13 for 131 yards in two-and-a-half quarters. McCoy turned in his best preseason performance.

Reliable placekicker Phil Dawson kicked a 36-yard field goal, set up by Browns defensive back DeAngelo Smith who blocked a punt-as time expired for the Browns who ended the preseason at 2-2.

Quarterback Todd Collins, recently signed by Chicago to serve as a backup to Jay Cutler, completed 10 of 15 for 139 yards and a touchdown pass to tight end Greg Olsen for the Bears who ended the preseason at 0-4.

compiled from staff & Cleveland Browns news