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Posts Tagged ‘Mike Martz.’

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

Bulger, former Rams QB retires

Marc Bulger of St. Louis Rams in November 2008 (photo by GMO66 & Blueag9 via wikipedia commons)

It has been reported all over the internet, radio and television today that former St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger has retired after 11 NFL seasons.

After leaving the Rams after the 2009 season, Bulger spent 2010 with the Baltimore Ravens but did not play.

Bulger played in two Pro Bowls and passed for 22,814 yards, 122 touchdowns and 93 interceptions.

 

He threw for more than 3,800 yards three times, including a career-best 4,301 in 2006, the only season he played all 16 games.

Bulger was drafted out of West Virginia University by New Orleans in 2000, but never played for the Saints. He did become a star until Mike Martz brought him to the Rams where he eventually replaced Kurt Warner as the starting quarterback.

 

compiled from staff, Internet, Radio & TV news

Julius Peppers leaves Carolina for The Windy City and the Bears

It had been reported all week that if Carolina didn’t re-sign DE Julius Peppers to a new contract, he would be heading to New England.

To everybody’s surprise, the NFL’S best past rusher has signed with the Chicago Bears. When the free agent signing period began, Bears coach Lovie Smith flew into Charlotte, N.C. to meet with Peppers and his agent.

The signing of Julius Peppers is one of the biggest moves by a team that has shown it is serious about contending agains after failing to make the playoffs the last three seasons.

The five-time Pro Bowl defensive end and top free agent prize agreed to a six-year deal on Friday worth up to $91.5 million. His agent Carl Carey said a record $42 million is guaranteed. The deal includes incentives for sacks, making the Pro Bowl and winning Defensive Player of the Year. “It is good to come to a place with a rich tradition like the Chicago Bears”, Peppers said.

Julius Peppers brings uncanny athletic ability to Chicago (Fox)

The Bears weren’t through signing key players. Also, at their press conference was running back Chester Taylor, whom they lured from NFC North champion Minnesota with a four-year contract and tight end Brandon Manumaleuna from San Diego with a five year deal.

Chicago general manager Jerry Angelo and head coach Lovie Smith, according to published reports, are operating on a win-or-else mandate from the owners after a 7-9 season that left Chicago fans and media calling for a complete overhaul of the team.

The overhaul started with new offensive and defensive coordinators in Mike Martz and Rod Marinelli.

Julius Peppers at 6’7 brings 81 career sacks in eight seasons with the Carolina Panthers. He had 10 1/2 sacks in 2009. In Chicago, he’ll play alongside Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs and Tommy Harrison. His presence will give the defense a much-needed lift because it ranked 17th overall and tied for 13th in sacks with 35.