Hand in victory

Jerry Angelo helped build one Super Bowl Champion in the <!--Default NodeId For Tampa Bay is 117,2005--><A HREF=http://buccaneers.TheInsiders.com>Tampa Bay</A> Buccaneers, but the team he now works for is hoping for similar magic in Chicago.

Angelo was the Bucs director of player personnel from 1987-2000. His time in Tampa was unproductive until the team hired Tony Dungy in 1996. A team that had 13 double-digit losing seasons from 1983-96 turned things around making the playoffs five of the next six years, which was capped with a Super Bowl victory over the Raiders.

Of the 22 Bucs starters Angelo helped draft or sign 15 including ten on the league's best defense. He had a hand in brining Simeon Rice to Tampa in the same offseason Mark Hatley didn't want the defensive end. Rice, a native of Chicago, had a reputation for not defending the run and despite wanting to play for the team he grew up watching the Bears passed.

Rice, who has 26.5 sacks since signing with Tampa, earned a Pro Bowl berth this season leading the NFC with 15.5 sacks.

It would have been interesting to see if Angelo would have tried to bring Rice to Chicago if he had took the job a few months earlier, but that's a moot point.

Since coming to the Bears in June of 2001 Angelo has made several changes. He started off by cutting high-priced established players such as Bobby Engram, Jim Flanigan, Thomas Smith and then topped it all off by trading Cade McNown.

The makeover worked for a season, but like Angelo had a hand in the Bucs championship, Hatley had his in the Bears 13-3 campaign.

The 2003 offseason will go a long way in determining Angelo's chances of success in Chicago. Although, that level will not be able to be measured immediately in terms of draft success, Dick Jauron's future is directly tied into what happens to the 53-man roster in the coming months.

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