Jerry Angelo has had an excellent off-season. From the draft through free agency he has identified and addressed the Bears needs.

In April's draft Angelo picked Marc Colombo to be the left tackle of the future and added depth in the secondary, which was weakened in free agency as Chicago lost starters Walt Harris and Tony Parrish.

The thing about Angelo is he's going to evaluate every position and make the move accordingly, but in the end is all relates back to the salary cap. As was the case last summer when he was hired. Angelo saw the Bears had too much money tied up in a few positions and had to make cuts.

After looking at the team's free agent acquisitions and budding talent the end result was the release of Mike Wells, Bobby Engram and Thomas Smith. Basically, Angelo had to come in and clean house, which was capped by trading Cade McNown.

As he learned about his players he identified the core players on offense and defense. He signed Olin Kreutz, Marty Booker, Jerry Azumah, R.W. McQuarters and Bryan Robinson to long-term contracts.

Angelo hasn't been without his flaws. The D'Wayne Bates situation made the Bears look bad as did almost losing Warrick Holdman, but he kept the nucleus of the team together and has added veteran depth.

Mike Caldwell, Damon Moore, Chris Chandler and Mike McKenzie all started at one point last season and now they'll be second stringers for the Bears. Injuries are bound to happen and experienced backups make the difference between a good team and a great squad.

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