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Bears Fire GM Jerry Angelo

The Chicago Bears have relieved general manager Jerry Angelo of his duties, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports.

Angelo joined the Bears in 2001 after spending fourteen seasons as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Director of Player Personnel. The Bears won a division title in Angelo’s first season at the helm and have made three trips to the playoffs in the following ten seasons. The Bears represented the NFC in Super Bowl XLI and lost the 2010 NFC Championship Game to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers.

After a 7-3 start to the season, the Bears lost quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Matt Forte to season-ending injuries. The Bears lost five of their last six games to finish 8-8 on the season.

Angelo hired Lovie Smith in 2004 and named Tim Ruskell, a former colleague from the Buccaneers’ days and former Seattle Seahawks general manager, the team’s Director of Player Personnel after the 2009 season. No word yet on whether or not this front office shakeup will affect their long-term futures with the team, but the team says no further changes are planned.

“No other changes will be made. That includes Lovie Smith, who will remain Bears head coach,” the team’s statement this morning read.

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