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Outta here: Who could be next Bears to go?

January 03, 2012|RedEye

The fallout from the Bears missing the NFL playoffs after starting 7-3 claimed two victims Tuesday: general manager Jerry Angelo and offensive coordinator Mike Martz.

Angelo was fired by team President Ted Phillips while Martz resigned over "philosophical differences," according to the Tribune.

"Today is a difficult day," Phillips said of Angelo's exit. "Jerry did a lot. He's a wonderful man, high character. He's put his life's blood into the Bears, he's a tireless worker, and I'm going to miss him.

"But at the same time, we need more. The decision was made that we need to keep up the pace with our division rivals. I'm not sure we're there yet, but our goal always has been to win championships. ... We like our foundation."

Quarterbacks coach Shane Day also is gone.

But is the purge over? RedEye takes a look at some other Bears coaches and execs and decides if they're safe or at-risk.


Lovie Smith, head coach

Smith will be back, the team announced on its website, but next season could determine his future. The Bears have missed the playoffs four times in the past five seasons, and if they miss the postseason again, there aren't many people left to blame.


Darryl Drake, wide receivers coach

He's been wide receivers coach for eight years now, and the Bears really haven't had a bona-fide star wide receiver during that time. With Jay Cutler at quarterback, the Bears need more out of their receivers and should do everything they can to improve in that area.


Rod Marinelli, defensive coordinator

The defense has been consistently good over the past few seasons—Marinelli joined the Bears for the 2009 season—and was not the problem this year. It is an aging unit, however.


Andrew Hayes-Stoker, offensive quality control coach

Wait, what? Hayes-Stoker works with the wide receivers in this role, according to the team's website. That's all that matters.


Mike Tice, offensive line coach

The much-derided O-line began the season shaky, then it lost first-rounder Gabe Carimi, but it improved over the course of the season. Nothing to see here, move along.


The Honey Bears. Actually, they've been extinct since after the Bears won the Super Bowl in 1986. Maybe it's time to bring them back.

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