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Jerry Angelo taking increased heat in Chicago

Jerry Angelo, Lovie Smith

Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo, right, talks with head coach Lovie Smith during NFL football training camp on Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


Back-t0-back beatdowns of the Bears are bound to cause a lot of finger pointing in Chicago.

The fans are up in arms about Mike Martz’s no-dimensional offense. Media folks are pointing the finger higher up.

Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that Jay Cutler’s career is being “held hostage” by G.M. Jerry Angelo. The team’s lack of talent at receiver and offensive line are Hayes’ biggest complaints.

“Angelo has hoped Cutler could elevate mediocre offensive talent while he tries to reload a defense undermined by years of poor drafts,” Hayes writes. Later on: “Cutler isn’t failing the Bears. The Bears are failing Cutler.”

ESPN’s Michael Wilbon also targeted Angelo, saying his performance this year “stinks.” The free agent crop has been a bust and Angelo’s promises about the improved offensive line ring hollow.

We will hold off on hot seat talk in Chicago (for the coach and G.M.) until the Bears start losing games we expect them to win. That hasn’t happened yet.

It could this Sunday against the Panthers.