Chicago Bears GM Jerry Angelo Fired

James Johnson

Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo was fired on Tuesday after the Bears fell out of playoff contention and finished their season with an 8-8 record.

Speaking of the decision Chicago Bears president Ted Phillips called it a "a difficult day" before naming director of player personnel Tim Ruskell as the interim leader for the team.

In a statement Phillips revealed:

"It was almost 11 years ago that I hired Jerry Angelo as our general manager. I was proud of that decision then, and I think Jerry achieved a lot as our general manager in the last 10-plus seasons," Phillips said. "On a personal level, I knew him very well. He's a wonderful man, high character. I've enjoyed every day working with him. I'm gonna 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."

In a vote of confidence for head coach Lovie Smith the Chicago Bears front office are said to be looking for a new GM that will mesh well with Lovie while providing a "strong character and work ethic."

According to Phillips the team will not rule out any candidates as long as they agree to keep Lovie Smith as the Chicago Bears head coach for the 2012 season.

Jerry Angelo was in his 11th season with the Chicago Bears as the teams general manager and the season was off to a quick 7-3 start until quarterback Jay Cutler broke his thumb, quickly ending the Bears playoff hopes.

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