Angelo big on players who 'bet on themselves'
Angelo big on players who 'bet on themselves'
Bears GM Jerry Angelo confers with coach Lovie Smith over the weekend. (Getty Photo)
By Brad Biggs Tribune reporter 9:53 a.m. CDT, August 1, 2011
BOURBONNAIS -- The key to making reclamation projects work in the NFL is finding players who may not have been a fit elsewhere but are a fit for you, and also identifying players with a passion for the game.
General manager Jerry Angelo talks about "football character" from time to time, and it has nothing to do with citizenship and a lot to do with professionalism and an approach to the game. He thinks the Bears have found that in all four of their former first-round picks who signed as free agents: wide receiver Roy Williams, defensive end Vernon Gholston, defensive lineman Amobi Okoye and center/guard Chris Spencer.
It’s a situation where these players need the Bears as much, or maybe more, than the Bears need them.
"We got a good football player at what I consider a good value,” Angelo said of running back Marion Barber, signed to a $5 million, two-year contract. "You know the thing I like about some of the players we have, in particular Roy Williams and Vernon Gholston, they could have had more money at other places. I like players that like to bet on themselves.
"When you pay a player a lot of money to get them, you’re betting on him. These players are betting on themselves. I respect that about them. It tells you a little about how they feel about our situation and how they feel about themselves.”
The Bears have done well with players like this in the past. Guard Ruben Brown and running back Thomas Jones are excellent examples of former first-round picks other teams had dismissed. It doesn’t always work out. A lot of times another team’s trash turns out to be your trash as well. But in sifting through the bargain bin what the Bears have discovered are some players they believe are motivated to use short-term contracts to get back to the bargaining table. That can be a powerful, too.
Winston Churchill: "Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak."
"If you're not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you're not a conservative at forty you have no brain."
R Brown was not a reclamation project he was a stop gap LG. TJ is the only person to revive their careers by coming to us that I remember
JA is a complete moron. They cheap fixes, plain and simple. Riding high off an NFC championship appearance, he is going to sit back and do little to nothing to improve team, hope these 1st round busts pan out, but I am saying 9-7 if we are lucky this year and that is only if we stay injury free.
Well one thing he got right is that all of them needed the Bears big time. Neither Gholston or Spencer were even listed on there teams player roster even before FA began. Both were released long ago. Williams and Barber were cap casualties but neither had a very productive year last year and are at an age where their productivity will probably decline. Neither were in the top 100 Free Agents nor in the top 10 at their positions so I doubt they were high on anyone else's list but ours.
Once again Jerry tells as exactly why he so often fails with his personnel moves. The article states his point of view that the key is finding players who don't fit for someone else but fit for you. Instead of finding other square pegs he needs to start going out and finding productive players like most other teams do. It's like he wants us to believe the Bears systems so esoteric that we need a special type of player to play in them effectively. What a steaming pile of crap.
He also said that he likes players with a passion for the game yet he just got rid of a good one over a $500k salary dispute. I guess that your passion is only appreciated if it fits within his budget. We did have some success with a couple of players like Ruben Brown and Thomas Jones but that was only for a couple of years. Why no mention of the Orlando Paces or Adam Archulettas who absolutely stunk up the joint.
Since Jerry likes betting on certain players who bet on themselves I'll make him a bet. If none of these bets on other teams busts turns out for us I'm willing to bet that 4th will hunt you down where you live and torture you to within an inch of your life and I'll be there to video tape it for our archives, LOL.
I'm getting to that age where a lifetime warranty just doesn't mean as much to me anymore as an afternoon nap. Honey Badger Don't Care. Honey Badger Don't Give a Shit.
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