CHICAGO—Bears general manager Jerry Angelo, in a pregame interview with the franchise’s flagship station WBBM-AM 780, said that red flags have gone up as the team has watched its season disintegrate in a skid in which its lost six of the last seven games.
The Bears host the St. Louis Rams today at Soldier Field with a chance to improve their 4-7 record, but based on the massive expectations this season began with after the offseason addition of quarterback Jay Cutler, it’s been a tremendous disappointment.
“We do have red flags,’’ Angelo said in the interview. “Those flags were made by us. There will be some inventory like there is at the end of the year, there will be plenty enough time for that. Right now, I want to focus on the now, this afternoon, playing good football. We’re paid to win. We have 16 games. We want to win each one of those games so we want to stay focused on the season.”
“[Things] are exceptionally rough and we’re all disappointed given the fact that we had high expectations. There is still a glimmer of hope and we’ll always play on that as long as there is. We’re in a poor state right now, obviously, we need a win badly. That doesn’t ever lose our focus in terms of what we have to do now.”
Angelo was not asked about the status of coach Lovie Smith during the interview. Smith is 20-23 since losing Super Bowl XLI. His contract runs through 2011. Angelo urged fans to have a combination of patience and hope, not an easy request to make as the Bears careen toward their third consecutive season out of the playoffs.
“I have been in this league a long, long time. Believe me, I will never live without hope,’’ Angelo said. “There might be situations that look hopeless but it certainly is not that way internally. We will come out of this better for it. I promise you that. SOmetimes things don’t work out according to plan. Doesn’t mean the plan was bad. The plan was solid. It just didn’t work. We’ll go back and we’ll re-visit the things that didn’t work, fix the things that didn’t work, and when you do that you will be better for it.
“Can I sit here and tell you exactly what? I can’t do that right now. There will be time to do it. I promise this to our fans, and I know this in my heart of hearts, we will be better through this ordeal. I do promise you that, and there will always be hope. It will not be false hope.”
Angelo has not been available to media other than the flagship station since the Nov. 12 game at San Francisco.
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