Angelo's drafting a problem for Bears, not other teams

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Angelo's drafting a problem for Bears, not other teams

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.

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Sometimes the passage of time makes things a little sweeter.
 
Josh Sitton had been selected to three Pro Bowls while a member of the Green Bay Packers. At the end of training camp last year, the Packers abruptly released Sitton.
 
On Monday, Sitton was named to his fourth Pro Bowl, replacing former Green Bay teammate T.J. Lang. At age 30, this Pro Bowl was special.
 
"It's a great honor, always a goal of mine every year," Sitton said via conference call. "It's an honor to me and to the guys I play with, the guys helping me along...
 
"I would say just the age thing, the older you get, the more you appreciate them. You can't play at a high level in this game so the whole age thing makes it even more special."

[SHOP: Gear up Bears fans!]
 
When the Bears were forced to go into Week 1 of the 2015 season with a shuffled offensive line, the situation wasn't ideal; Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long moving to right tackle as a hurried fill when neither Charles Leno nor Jordan Mills were an answer.
 
The 2016 season also began with an unexpected and significant shuffle, but this time with one that immediately bumped up the quality of the line. GM Ryan Pace moved quickly to sign Sitton after his release by the Green Bay Packers, a step that bumped rookie Cody Whitehair from guard to center, where he earned All-Rookie honors from the Pro Football Writers Association of America.
 
"It was challenging for sure," Sitton said. "It was something I haven't had to do for quite some time but it was stimulating being thrown in and needing to learn the offense in four or five days."
 
Sitton, who signed a three-year contract worth as much as $21 million with $10 million guaranteed, joins rookie running back Jordan Howard as the two Bears scheduled to play in the Pro Bowl. He started 12 of 13 games in 2016, missing time with an ankle injury but being a strong presence in a line that ranked No. 8 in sack percentage while getting Howard to a franchise-record 1,313 rushing yards even with a rookie center and a group that never played a game together before Week 1 in Houston against the Texans.
 
"I think we can only get better, now that we'll have an offseason together," Sitton said. "We'll see what we can do."