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Smith Says He’s Not Shocked at the Firing of Jerry Angelo

Bears coach Lovie Smith met with the media at the NFL Combine Thursday for the first time after the Bears fired general manager Jerry Angelo.

“As far as surprised, I mean, we know in our profession what’s at stake always and changes can happen at any time,” Smith said according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. “I’m here primarily because of what Jerry Angelo did for me, giving me an opportunity, leading the charge to give me the opportunity to be the head football coach here. I can’t necessarily say surprised at the end of the year, it’s not a surprise, I don’t think any coach or GM in the league is surprised about anything that happens, but again Jerry did an awful lot for us, but you move on and that’s what we’ve done.

“Jerry will be fine, he’s a lifetime friend but you do move on and as far as my involvement with the search, I was involved, of course I had a chance to meet with all the guys coming through and talk to them. I wanted them to see, as much as anything, have an idea of what I’m about, what I was trying to get accomplished as a head coach.”

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