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Bears oust Jerry Angelo as GM, Lovie Smith remains

Chicago Bears Chairman George McCaskey (L) President  Ted Phillips talk about firing General Manager Jerry Angelo resigning Offensive Coordinator

Chicago Bears Chairman George McCaskey (L) and President Ted Phillips talk about the firing of General Manager Jerry Angelo and the resigning of Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz Tuesday January 3, 2012 at Halas Hall. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Updated: January 3, 2012 7:13PM

George McCaskey, who just completed his first season as the team's new chairman, has decided to relieve longtime general manager Jerry Angelo of his duties, according to a team source.

After a 7-3 start, the Bears collapsed down the stretch, losing five consecutive games. Although they won the season finale, against the Minnesota Vikings, the Bears had already been eliminated from playoff contention.

Angelo has been a lightning rod figure, widely criticized for his selection in the NFL Draft and even NFL free agency.

While the Bears roster boasts plenty of the league's top players at key positions, the team's lack of depth was evident this season, as they endured a rash of injuries.

And one of the biggest misfires was the decision to keep quarterback Caleb Hanie, who in his fourth year, went 0-4 as a starter after Jay Cutler broke his right thumb.

More to come as the story develops.

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