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Tonight’s Chicago Bears Performance Is An Indictment of Jerry Angelo

Posted by sportsmaven on October 11, 2011

Chris Williams.  J’Marcus Webb.  Major Wright.  Jarron Gilbert.  Juaquin Iglesias.  Garrett Wolfe.  Marcus Harrison.  Dan Bazuin.  Michael Okwo.  Josh Beekman.  Dusty Dvorcek.  Jamar Williams.  Todd Johnson.  Ian Scott.  Cedric Benson.  Mark Bradley.  Tank Johnson.  Leon Joe.  Michael Haynes.  Rex Grossman.  Marc Columbo.  Roosevelt Williams.  Terrence Metcalf.  These 23 players are the Chicago Bears high pick draft busts in the Jerry Angelo regime.

The Chicago Bears have had 82 draft picks in the Jerry Angelo era.  The breakout includes:

  • 8 first round draft picks; 2 still with the team (RT Gabe Carimi, LG Chris Williams)
  • 8 second round draft picks; 4 still with team (DT Stephen Paea, RB Matt Forte, WR Devin Hester, CB Charles Tillman)
  • 13 third round draft picks; 4 still with team (S Chris Conte, S. Major Wright, WR Earl Bennett, LB Lance Briggs)
  • 12 fourth round draft picks; 4 still with team (DT Corey Wootton, DT Henry Melton, CB D.J. Moore, S. Craig Steltz)

The Chicago Bears have had 41 total picks in the top half of the draft in the last 10 years.  A total of 14 are still with the team.  Total number of Pro Bowl players? Two.  Its extremely difficult to build a consistent winning team when over 60% of your top draft picks are busts.

In contrast, Green Bay Packers GM Ted Thompson has served half the time that Jerry Angelo has with the Bears and has drafted 7 Pro Bowl players since 2006.  The Detroit Lions have drafted 2 Pro Bowl players in the 3 years that GM Martin Mayhew has been at the helm.

What about impact free agents?  Lets see,after Julius Peppers, its Roy Williams, Vernon Gholston, Amobi Okoye, Frank Omiyale, Devin Aromashodu, Pisa Tinoisamoa, Brandon Manumaleuna, Muhsin Muhammad, Chester Taylor, Orlando Pace, Todd Collins, Brandon Meriweather, Sam Hurd.

A total of 17 of the above players played for the Bears in tonight’s Monday Night Football matchup against the Detroit Lions.  The talent gap between the Packers, Lions and the Bears is considerable.  Those 17 players are supposed to represent the future of the Chicago Bears.  If tonight’s performance in a 24-13 loss to the Lions is any indication, it’s the beginning of the end for Jerry Angelo and the Chicago Bears.

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