Jerry Angelo fired as Bears' GM

By ANDREW SELIGMAN | January 3, 2012 | 11:17 AM EST

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo has been fired following a team collapse marked by injuries to Jay Cutler and Matt Forte and a drug scandal involving receiver Sam Hurd.

Tuesday's announcement ends Angelo's 11-year reign in which the Bears reached one Super Bowl and advanced to another NFC championship game. He leaves with a questionable draft record and an inability to fill glaring holes, particularly on offense.

His dismissal comes after an erratic season in which the Bears finished 8-8 after looking at one point like a playoff lock. A five-game losing streak spoiled a 7-3 start and kept Chicago out of the playoffs for the fourth time in five years.