General manager Jerry Angelo said that the Bears have red flags now that they have lost six of seven games entering this afternoon's meeting with the St. Louis Rams.
But he's not panicking at this point, and vowed to fix the mess the 4-7 club has fallen into during a season that began with such huge expectations.
Speaking with WBBM play-by-play voice Jeff Joniak on the station's pregame show, Angelo addressed some of the issues plaguing the team. He was not asked about the status of coach Lovie Smith, who is 20-23 since losing Super Bowl XLI.
"We do have red flags,'' Angelo said in the interview. "Those flags were made by us. There will be some inventory like there is at the end of the year, there will be plenty enough time for that. Right now, I want to focus on the now, this afternoon, playing good football. We're paid to win. We have 16 games. We want to win each one of those games so we want to stay focused on the season."
"[Things] are exceptionally rough and we're all disappointed given the fact that we had high expectations. There is still a glimmer of hope and we'll always play on that as long as there is. We're in a poor state right now, obviously, we need a win badly. That doesn't ever lose our focus in terms of what we have to do now."
Asked what his message to fans would be, Angelo said not to lose hope.
"I have been in this league a long, long time. Believe me, I will never live without hope,'' he said. "There might be situations that look hopeless but it certainly is not that way internally. We will come out of this better for it. I promise you that. Sometimes things don't work out according to plan. Doesn't mean the plan was bad. The plan was solid. It just didn't work. We'll go back and we'll re-visit the things that didn't work, fix the things that didn't work, and when you do that you will be better for it.
"Can I sit here and tell you exactly what? I can't do that right now. There will be time to do it. I promise this to our fans, and I know this in my heart of hearts, we will be better through this ordeal. I do promise you that, and there will always be hope. It will not be false hope."
Asked if the remarks by middle linebacker Brian Urlacher last weekend following the team's blowout loss at Minnesota bothered him, he said they did.
"Certainly, I had issues with that,'' Angelo said. "Things are tough. We don't need anybody within making them tougher. We want to stay focused on the job at hand and that's winning each and every week. That's where our focus needs to be. That's where all of our energies need to be. At the end of the season then we look at ourselves, evaluate the things that need to be evaluated, fix the problems and again come out better. But right now, everybody that is a Chicago Bear needs to be pulling for the Chicago Bears, needs to be doing everything they can to make sure that the Chicago Bears are being the best they can be. That's our bottom line.''
Angelo has not been available to media since the Nov. 12 game at San Francisco.