UPDATED 10:21 a.m. – The Bears website did confirm that Angelo has been relieved of his duties, saying:
Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips informed Jerry Angelo Tuesday morning that he will not return as the team’s general manager for the 2012 season.
There is no further word regarding who will replace Angelo, but Tim Ruskell remains a possibility. Let’s hope he follows Angelo out the door or at least remains in his current role instead of being promoted.
Lovie Smith, for those wondering, will remain as head coach, per the team’s website.
The Chicago Tribune has reported that Bears general manager Jerry Angelo will not be back next season with the team. It has not been determined whether he has been released or will be retiring.
Before those Bears fans who have been calling for this for quite some time can get excited, two things need to happen:
First, the organization needs to confirm the rumor, but I’m fairly confident the Tribune would not report such news if it weren’t true.
Second, we have to make sure that Tim Ruskell, the director of player personnel, whom Angelo hired as his heir apparent, does not get the job. Ruskell could be worse than Angelo, and that would be an ultimate case of, “be careful what you wish for.”
Check back for more analysis as this story develops.