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A look at milestones during Angelo era

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A look at milestones during Angelo era

A thumbnail look at milestones in the Jerry Angelo era:

2001: Angelo hired by Ted Phillips as first Bears first general manager since Jerry Vainisi, succeeding personnel VP Mark Hatley. Bears win NFC North at 13-3, lose to Philadelphia in divisional playoff round.

2002: Dick Jauron re-signed as coach after acrimonious contract negotiations. Bears draft Boston College OT Marc Colombo, first pick under Angelo.

2004: Jauron fired; Bears announce contract extensions for Phillips, Angelo. Angelo hires Lovie Smith after failed run at Nick Saban.

2005: Bears win NFC North, lose first round to Carolina Panthers.

2006: Bears reach Super Bowl XLI, lose to Indianapolis Colts.

2007: Lovie Smith signs 23 million contract extension.

2009: Angelo trades two No. 1 draft picks in blockbuster deal for QB Jay Cutler.

2010: Bears land DE Julius Peppers in the top acquisition in free agency; Bears win NFC North at 11-5 and reach NFC Championship game where they lose to the Green Bay Packers.

2011: Smith signed to two-year extension. Bears reach 7-3, Cutler suffers broken thumb and Bears go on five-game losing streak to miss playoffs and finish 8-8. Angelo says in Denver that he intends to be back for 2012 for one more run at this thing.

2012: Angelo era ends, 98-81 regular-season record.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

Listen here or in the embedded player below!

Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

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Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

The Bears defense was not its usual self in their overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The pass rush was minimal and tackling looked optional, and Brock Osweiler threw for almost 400 yards.

There was plenty of blame to go around, but a few individual defenders had success while their teammates struggled.

Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks made the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week for Week 6 with a 92.2 overall grade.

He recorded seven tackles that resulted in a defensive “stop,” the most of any defensive lineman according to PFF.

Chicago’s next highest-graded player was cornerback Kyle Fuller (78.2), who intercepted Osweiler twice but also missed two tackles.

Offensively, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel led the way with a 76.9 mark. PFF credited four of his five catches coming against Dolphins cornerback Torry McTyer in coverage.

Meanwhile, outside linebacker Khalil Mack had the lowest-graded game of his career (47.8), while linebacker Danny Trevathan (29.9) and safety Adrian Amos Jr. (47.5) each had their second-worst games.

Some of the Bears’ best players were at their worst in Miami. They’re going to need to get their act together for the New England Patriots on Sunday.