Is Jerry Angelo Stirring The Pot?October 31st, 2013
Longtime NFL scout and personnel executive Greg Gabriel now writes for NationalFootballPost.com, where he has penned a piece that calls for his former boss with the Bears — Jerry Angelo — to replace rockstar general manager Mark Dominik in Tampa.
Hmm, Joe can’t help but wonder whether Gabriel checked in with Angelo to confirm his interest in the Bucs job before lobbying for his guy on a national stage.
Greg Schiano’s struggles in Tampa Bay won’t get much sympathy from members of the NFL scouting community. When Schiano was Head Coach at Rutgers, he would often make scouts watch practice from a small area at least 30 yards from the practice field. To make matters worse, a scout was lucky if he got to watch practice for more than about 10 minutes. It made evaluating players very difficult.
Tampa Bay is obviously going to make changes in the coaching staff and front office. Whether or not it’s in the near future or after the season remains to be seen. In my opinion, the best person to get Tampa Bay on track is living just a few miles from the Buccaneers offices. Former Bears’ General Manager Jerry Angelo lives in the Tampa area. Having worked for the Bucs before he went to Chicago, Angelo knows the Tampa Bay ownership and fan base, which gives him an advantage over any other candidate. Angelo has experience in a similar type situation. When he came to Chicago, the Bears were horrible. He’s had experience dealing with a group of overpaid, underachieving players. Most importantly, he has experience running a team and winning without a franchise type quarterback. The Bears won two division titles and got to a Super Bowl with Rex Grossman as the quarterback. There will be other candidates, and we will cover them in a later post, but Angelo is absolutely the right person to turn that situation around.
Angelo surely had huge ups and downs as Chicago’s general manager, but his teams collectively had a winning record. He hired a head coach, Lovie Smith, and he got to a Super Bowl. Angelo was the Bucs’ pro personnel director from the later 1980s before taking the GM gig in Chicago in 2001.
Joe’s not calling for Dominik’s head or endorsing Angelo. But this story is an eyebrow-raiser for Joe, given that it comes from a guy who worked for Angelo for many years.