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Jerry Angelo didn't mince words when asked to describe Sunday night's 17-3 loss to the Giants in the Meadowlands.

"It was a butt-kicking," the general manager said on the team's website. "It's as simple as that. I've been in this business a long time, but anytime it happens it stings, and it should. We were all embarrassed by it. We can't go back and undo what's been done; our focus now is on what we need to do to correct it. It's no more than that. No one is pointing fingers. We know what we have to do and we know we have to do it together."

Angelo also said that he's confident Jay Cutler, who suffered a concussion on Sunday night but practiced Wednesday, will be fine.

"We are going to do with Jay what we do with every player in his situation," he said. "Our medical staff is excellent. We will continue to monitor his progress and we feel very good about the process. We've been through this before and we will take it day-to-day. Our medical people will determine when he is healthy and available to play."

Angelo said cohesion was the component that has bee missing along the offensive line.

"I'm concerned because we didn't protect the quarterback and haven't been able to establish the same starting five," he said. "So we're still playing musical chairs, in part because of the injury to Chris Williams. You don't like that, but that's what it is. I have a lot of confidence in coach [Mike] Tice putting the five best players out there each week. But we need to get the same five players playing every week. That's the goal. It's going to take longer than we thought or like, but that's our situation. We trust the players who are out there; in their defense, it was a total offensive breakdown."

He said he would continue to look for ways to upgrade the offensive line like he feels he upgraded the defensive line by releasing Mark Anderson and signing Charles Grant.

"As I've said before, we're always going to do our due diligence and look at what players are out there," he said. "We did a lot of work on Charles in terms of game tape in the preseason and in the past, even as recently as his game from the UFL last Saturday. We feel that he's a better fit than Mark was in terms of the left end position. He also has the ability to play down inside as a three-technique. We like his versatility, his experience speaks for itself, and he was an upgrade."

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I just love Jerry Angelo and Larry Mayer! Larry is a dying breed: objective, hardnosed, and never throwing a softball question to his subjects. You don't see many of these hard-hitting, old-school guys employed anymore. The other day he asked Angelo, "Jerry, what is your favorite food?" Can you believe that? Jerry, without getting too offended at such hardball questioning replied, "Grape Nuts, when they don't give me too serious a case of the runs." God, I love ChicagoBears.com.

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