Jerry Angelo speaks…and we offer a no-BS translation

Bears GM Jerry Angelo sat down with chicagobears.com to address some of the latest happenings from a very busy couple of last weeks. Here’s a look at what he said…and more importantly, a translation as to what he really meant.

Jerry on…Chris Harris’s return to Chicago:

“Bringing in a veteran like Chris Harris obviously bodes well for the secondary. Again, we weren’t just fixated on safety. We like Craig Steltz, Danieal Manning, Josh Bullocks and Al Afalava.”

Translation: “At this point, I settled for bringing Chris Harris back because I felt his average defensive play would be an upgrade over what’s currently on the roster. I’ll admit it – I have absolutely zero percent confidence in What’s His Name, That White Dude and That Other Guy.”

 Jerry on…Major Wright starting as a rookie:

“It has yet to be determined how fast he picks things up and the comfort level that he has with the system and the coaches have with him. We saw it with Al Afalava last year. The coaches got into a real comfort level with Al. It has been done. We saw it here with Danieal Manning his rookie year…”

Translation: “He damn well better! If Afalava and Manning (who played at a Division II school in college) can start for us as rookies, I would sure as hell hope a three-year starter at an SEC and national powerhouse would have the position locked up by Day 1 of training camp.”

Jerry on…Signing a veteran QB to backup Cutler:

“We’re still exploring that. Last year we went with Caleb [Hanie] as the backup and Brett [Basanez] on the practice squad. So we’re at least where we were last year.”

Translation: “You bet your ass we will. We were lucky as hell Cutler didn’t get carted off the field behind last year’s mostly porous line. We’ll sign a veteran, keep Hanie as our third stringer and throw Dan LeFevour on the practice squad.”

Jerry on…Jerry’s role changing with the hiring of Tim Ruskell as Director of Player Personnel:

“It will. It’s going to change. Tim’s going to have more latitude to do things. Having worked with Tim helps because we share a commonality in philosophy that will expedite the feeling-out process that you normally go through when you hire people in management positions. We’ll be able to share ideas and create a relationship needed to lead and grow our organization.”

Translation: “We’re going to share a lot of things, including blame for all of my questionable player personnel decisions.”

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