The Jerry Angelo draft record is a problem for the Bears. It isnt necessarily for other teams. Of Angelos failed top picks, up to the past couple drafts:
Tackle Marc Colombo (2002) is still starting in the NFL, with the Miami Dolphins last year after five years in Dallas;
Quarterback Rex Grossman (2003) was keeping busy with the Washington Redskins in 2011;
Defensive tackle Tommie Harris (2004) went to three Pro Bowls as a Bear and was hanging on with San Diego this season;
Running back Cedric Benson (2005) had 1,076 yards and 6 TDs for the Cincinnati Bengals going into the playoffs this weekend;
Safety Danieal Manning (2006) likely will be running into Benson when the Houston Texans host the Bengals in the wild-card round;
Tight end Greg Olsen (2007) caught 45 of Cam Newtons passes in Carolina, 5 for touchdowns;
Chris Williams (2008) was starting at left guard for the Bears before winding up on IR; Matt Forte was the second-round pick and hes going to the Pro Bowl;
Juaquin Iglesias and Jarron Gilbert (2009) were third-round busts but fourth-rounder Henry Melton is a Pro Bowl alternate this year.
Not a lot of superstars but not the stuff of abject failure, either.
Thats going to leave a mark...
If you thought Jerry Angelo was dealt a cataclysmic jolt when told he was told Tuesday morning that he was out as GM, consider Bill Polians exit experience in Indianapolis.
Polian, then vice chairman of the Colts, was in a meeting with quarterback Peyton Manning Monday morning. The two were talking over Mannings on-going neck rehab when they were interrupted by a note that Polian was wanted in the office of Colts owner Jim Irsay.
So much for the rehab meeting.