CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–January 3, 2012. 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.
Angelo was hired in 2001 and led the Bears to four division titles, two NFC Championship Game appearances and a Super Bowl appearance in his 11-year tenure as head of football operations.
Lovie Smith will remain as head coach and will continue to evaluate his coaching staff.
“I will always be thankful to Jerry for hiring me to be the head coach of the Chicago Bears,” Smith said in a statement. “We had an excellent working relationship and he helped us win a lot of football games.
“I have tremendous respect for him and am sorry to see him go. But I also will embrace the opportunity that comes with change. As I said [Monday], we have an excellent core in place. I look forward to working with a new general manager to bring a championship to Chicago.”