Jerry Angelo took the high road when it came to comments made by Warren Sapp about the Bears' general manager Wednesday morning on the Mully & Hanley Show on WSCR, 670-AM.
Sapp, who was drafted in the first round by the Buccaneers in 1995 when Angelo was the director of player personnel, said he wasn't a fan of him and asserted that Angelo didn't trade for quarterback Jay Cutler as much as the Denver Broncos gave him away. Sapp said Cutler will be the perfect quarterback for the Bears when the weather turns at Soldier Field this winter.
"I'm not an Angelo fan. He was in Tampa the whole time I was there,'' Sapp said. "Trust me we had discussions about different things, no, no thank you, you all can have him.
"Trust me, we were discussing players, this player, that player, because I was [there] in the beginning back in '95 when we were building the thing, you know before Mike Alstott, before [Warrick] Dunn, you know Karl "The Truth" [Williams], all the players we were picking up when [Tony] Dungy was there, and I was watching the evaluation. I had conversations so trust me, you all can have him.''
Sapp said Angelo was averse to making drastic moves and he "just [did] enough to not get noticed and not get fired.''
The Bears have won three division titles since Angelo arrived in 2001, although it's fair to debate the impact he had on the first one in '01. Since 2005, a year after Lovie Smith was hired as coach, the Bears are tied for the second-best record in the NFC at 43-26.
"We don't have enough time on the air and I am certainly not going to get into it,'' Angelo responded this morning on the air. "All I will say is this, I was the director of player personnel for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a long time ago and we drafted Warren Sapp, and [he was] arguably the best draft pick that I have been associated with, and when we took him I have never seen one player carry a team the way he carried us out of the doldrums and into the playoffs and on into a Super Bowl. He was a great player.
"Some people might have said that was a little bit risky when we drafted Warren, remember he was passed by quite a few teams. We traded down and then we took him and I couldn't be any happier for that, and if I could find Warren Sapp again I would draft him all over."