Bears general manager Jerry Angelo seemed comfortable with the Bears on a wide variety of topics on what shapes up to be a make-or-break season for the Bears general manager and coaching staff. Here are Angelo’s takes after a rare training camp interview session
The Bears struck out trying to sign a veteran backup quarterback after Caleb Hanie hurt his shoulder last week, but general manager Jerry Angelo isn’t worried.
“When we get Caleb back, we’ll be back to where we started, so we’re comfortable with that,” Angelo said Thursday before Chicago’s final training camp practice open to the public. “The good news is it should just be a few weeks.”
Angelo seemed comfortable with the Bears on a wide variety of topics on what shapes up to be a make-or-break season for the Bears general manager and coaching staff. Here are Angelo’s takes after a rare training camp interview session.
Is he looking to add any new players?
“Right now, no. We’re more interested in just the development of the players we have here.”
What does he think of Tommie Harris, a three-time Pro Bowl tackle who has often missed practice and had little impact the last two years?
“He’s been practicing every day. He’s looked good. There’s no reason to believe Tommie is not going to have a very, very good season for us. A healthy Tommie, a practicing Tommie, should be a very, very good football player.”
Can rookie fourth-round pick Major Wright, who had surgery on his left index finger Tuesday, start at safety in the season opener?
“He really looks good. I’m not going to rule it out, but because of the practice time he’s going to miss, it’s tough because he’s a rookie.”
Angelo was less effusive about Jarron Gilbert, a third-round choice who was Chicago’s top pick last year and is being moved from tackle to defensive end.
“He’s got to pick it up. We need to see something out of Jarron.”
The Bears look deeper at cornerback than in the past.
“We have six or seven players who can play in accordance to their role. I’m not talking about how I feel we have six or seven No. 1 corners, but we have good depth.”
Being patient with the offensive line.
“We need to get the five guys working together. That’s paramount. It’s a work in progress. I’m going to reserve my judgment on them until they play together for at least another couple of weeks.”
Can unheralded Lance Louis be the answer at right guard?
“We’re excited about him. If he can come through for us, that would be a real plus for the line.”
Will a healthier Matt Forte bounce back from a disappointing sophomore season?
“I expect big things out of Matt. This offense will create some nuances for him in terms of using him as a receiver as well, which will play into his strengths.”
How much will new backup Chester Taylor help the running game?
“Chester, he’s the real deal. He’s a great complementing back. He does a great job on third down.”
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