Bears general manager Jerry Angelo jumped on the air with Mully & Hanley this morning on the Score, 670-AM.
We'll break it down fully here soon, but here are some highlights:
1. He looks at Kyle Orton with the arrow pointing up. Orton started very well, injured his right ankle, and was inconsistent in the second half of the season. He wans the position "solifidied in terms of winning football week in and week out." Calls the QB position the Achilles heel under his watch.
2. Bears need to "look at every position on offense" but "you win because of the quarterback."
3. "We need to look at every option" when it comes to QB position.
4. "I do feel good about Kyle and I do feel good about Caleb Hanie and I want to make sure everyone understands that."
5. Angelo didn't rule out free agency or the draft for an upgrade at wide receiver: "I feel this, we will be fine at the receiver position. We will continue to go out and look at that position."
6. Do you need to add more to the offensive line? "We are concerned. We will be looking at that position again hard this year both in the draft and potentially in free agency. We need to continue to address that. We have some age there. We feel that it's a good group. They did a very good job. I thought [line coach] Harry [Hiestand] did a great job. We still need to bring in some quality linemen to get them in the mix and develop."
7. How does he judge Devin Hester after one year as a receiver? "As a receiver, pretty well. I watched, I think we all did, how he grew. I feel real good about that. He was durable. That was something that I wanted to see. The returns, obviously, weren't what we would have liked and certainly a bar that he set that probably no one will reach at least in my foreseeable future. We know this, he'll take another step next year. All players do. I've never seen a No. 1 receiver and a No. 1 returner. Obviously, if you have never seen something, that tells you something."
8. Joked that Warren Sapp might have something left.
9. "Tommie [Harris] played a lot of football for us last year. When I looked at plays, I believe Tommie played the third-most plays behind our two ends Alex [Brown] and Wale [Ogunleye]. I don't want there to be a misnomer that we didn't get a lot of play time from Tommie. He's very, very important to our defense."
10. "Tommie is fine. We would never have signed Tommie if we didn't think he was healthy. Tommie has had some issues physically speaking. We've worked through those. All players have something. It's not like he's isolated. That's just part of the game. We feel good about him going forward. Part of it is how we're training him and how compliant he is."
11. Will the Bears pay Harris a $6.67 million roster bonus next season? "We're going to talk about everything but I don't see any reason why we wouldn't."
12. Will you be active in free agency on defense? "We've got those big CD's crying to get out of jail. I've learned this, we just have to be patient right now in this time. We're talking prematurely. I don't want to say anything factually until we've gotten everyone's input. We have to do that correctly. The hardest thing to do is self-evaluate. We have to evaluate and base those determinations on what is broke? Is it really broke? Is it something we can repair in-house? Those aren't easy discussions. We'll come up with a plan and determine what our needs are vs. our wants and then we'l prioritize them. We'll take a few weeks to do that."