Jerry Angelo Out as Bears GM, Lovie Remains

UPDATE: Bears CEO Ted Phillips explains the changes

Chicago Bears president and CEO Ted Phillips has fired long-time GM Jerry Angelo, the team said in a statement.

Angelo was hired in 2001 and led the team to four division titles and two NFC Championship appearances and one Super Bowl loss during his 11-year.

The move does not come as a shock. Angelo has been on the hot seat for some time because of a series of suspect personnel decisions -- the most glaring: he failed to develop a solid second quarterback.

His mismanagement of the Bears offensive line has also been a sticking point for Chicago fans, as is his spotty record in the draft.

Lovie Smith, who was hired by Angelo, will stay on as head coach, the Bears said

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