Angelo peeved at suggestion Kreutz situation created rift

Chicago Bears coaches – including Lovie Smith – have spoken glowingly about veteran center Olin Kreutz since the end of last season.

Smith went on record at just about every stop, starting with the scouting combine, to make it clear he wanted Kreutz back. Offensive coordinator Mike Martz and line coach Mike Tice also wanted Kreutz back.

So, when the Bears failed to make that happen and moved on to their Plan B on Sunday – signing veteran Chris Spencer off the street – it was only natural to wonder if a divide had been created between the front office and the coaching staff. General manager Jerry Angelo is livid with the suggestion.

“I resent the fact that something was written that said there is a divide,” Angelo said. “Regardless of what anybody says, that’s not true. That’s a lie and it’s fabricated and I resented that when I read that. That to me was dirty pool. We talk about everything. Do we agree on everything? Absolutely not.

“You don’t agree on everything with your wife. How I’m going to agree with 18 coaches and 15 scouts? It doesn’t work that way. But at the end of the day, we’ve got to make a decision and we all agree on one thing, once we make a decision, we’re all for it. We’re going to make it work. That’s what teams do. So we talk through it. Very difficult. Things were said. We weighed them. We did the best. We had an offer. We bumped our offer. We did the very best we could. So now we’re going to just let the chips fall where they may and we’re going to move forward.”

And the move forward without the player the coaches wanted, and without the player Angelo says he wanted after Kreutz said he didn’t have the right feel for the situation and turned down a $4 million, one-year contract.

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