Here's One More Nail in the Coffin of Angelo's Demise............
This is certainly not the biggest mistake that came from the forced marriage of Jerry Angelo and Mike Martz but it's a great example of just how badly those two worked together.
You would have thought after the fiasco signining of Manu, Taylor, and Collins last year that Angelo would have told Martz to "go whistle" when he came to his office begging for another blocking TE and RWill as a WR. Maybe if Angelo would have learned to say no he'd still have his job. These weren't the only nails in his coffin but undoubtedly they were among the last.
I think this article pretty much points out the fact that Jerry Angelo had already lost sight of the future and was only looking to the here and now. A high 3rd round pick isn't like we gave Olsen away but you have to wonder whether or not it made more sense to keep him and ditch an OC who was bent on bucking successful offensive trends from around the NFL.
From what little we saw of Kellen Davis as a receiver this year it's tough to draw any real conclusions but from my perspective he has the tools to be a good all around TE if used properly. I think Matt Speath was a wasted signing and that the FA we picked up, Andre Smith, may well be a guy who can easily take his place and be coached up into the passing game. Whatever the solution Martz refusal to throw to his TE's even after we were successful doing it was one of the most frustrating things about watching him play call. Our redzone efficiency could have easily doubled if we used Davis like the Packers use Finley.
I'm so glad the gruesome twosome is gone that I can even forgive Lovie for his constant game day faux paux. To me he's earned one more shot at bringing home a championship season without the likes of Martz and Angelo fouling things up.
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How bad does the Greg Olsen trade look?
January, 4, 2012Jan 4
By Kevin Seifert
Here's one way to think about Tuesday's news from the Chicago Bears: It all goes back to Greg Olsen.
Bear with me for a moment.
[+] Enlargehttp://a.espncdn.com/photo/2011/1001..._olsen_300.jpgStreeter Lecka/Getty ImagesThe Bears received a third-round pick from the Panthers for Greg Olsen, who signed a four-year contract extension with Carolina.
General manager Jerry Angelo was fired because he ran a front office that was willing to trade Olsen because the Bears' current scheme placed low priority on tight ends. And offensive coordinator Mike Martz was sent away because he ran a scheme that, among other things, couldn't adequately incorporate a player of Olsen's unique skills.
Obviously, last summer's trade of Olsen is one of many flash points that led to what happened Tuesday. But now more than ever, I find his late-July departure from Chicago to be a tight illustration of what should never, ever, ever, never, ever happen in an NFL franchise.
Olsen was the Bears' first-round draft choice in 2007. He had the size of a tight end, but was faster than most, and had receiver-like ball skills that are heavily valued by most NFL teams. His career peaked in 2009, when he caught 60 passes for 612 yards and eight touchdowns, but his impact was limited in a Martz offense that mostly asked tight ends to block and excluded them from the kind of matchups Olsen had already shown he could beat.
His production dropped to 41 receptions in 2010, and with Martz set to return, Angelo couldn't justify extending Olsen's contract when he was destined to be a supplemental contributor. So Angelo traded Olsen to the Carolina Panthers, who promptly signed him to a four-year contract extension worth about $23 million and watched as he caught 45 passes for 540 yards and five touchdowns.
The Bears, meanwhile, had only one player catch more than 37 passes, and that was running back Matt Forte (52 receptions).
Martz committed the first cardinal sin in this episode by not building his scheme around the skills of his players. And Angelo committed the second, not only by presiding over that mistake but compounding it by taking his eye off the horizon.
Martz had turned down a contract extension entering the season, starting the clock on his eventual departure. As the general manager, Angelo needed to hedge on Martz's future and protect an asset that would be of value beyond the potential end of Martz's tenure. Every other coordinator in the NFL, including whoever takes the Bears' job, has a scheme that would use Olsen more than Martz did.
Coach Lovie Smith apparently believes that Kellen Davis could be a similar player, but after catching 28 passes in four seasons, Davis represents hope rather than serious projection. In the end, the Bears traded away one of their best players because he didn't fit a scheme that they summarily dumped five months later. That should never happen