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Angelo, Martz have their arrogance to blame

January 03, 2012|By Scott Bolohan | For RedEye

It's a tough economy, so anytime someone loses a job, it's hard to be too happy.

But I'm making an exception for Jerry Angelo and Mike Martz.

To be fair, they did some nice things. While Angelo was general manager, the Bears lost the Super Bowl and lost the NFC championship game. So that's something.

There's something else Angelo and Martz brought to the Bears: a sense of arrogance. As successful as losing the Super Bowl or NFC championship game is, it's not really a success at all. For the Lions, sure. But not for a team that acted as if it were a serious contender every year.

And in their arrogance, Angelo and Martz allowed the Lions to pass them.

Yes, Angelo built a great defense--a defense wasted because of a completely inept offense with no depth and no young players coming via the draft. Adding Jay Cutler was the only move Angelo ever made to take the offense to the next level. Even that, though, didn't do much good when none of the Bears' receivers would ever start for a truly good team. Not the Packers. Not the Saints. Not even the Lions.

But Angelo didn't have to prove anything. He lost the Super Bowl once, you guys.

Adding to this was the Martz offense, which HAD to feature HIS guys, despite the Bears not having receivers, Matt Forte being their only weapon and Caleb Hanie playing worse than Tim Tebow. Martz never took into account the Bears' personnel. After all, he was the mastermind behind The Greatest Show on Turf, even if the Bears were more like A Very Mediocre Show on Whatever Soldier Field Consists Of.

Angelo and Martz's departure won't solve the Bears' problems. It might actually make more of them in the short term. But it's a first step in admitting there are problems and something needs to change, something more than just attitude.

Scott Bolohan is a RedEye special contributor.

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