Originally posted on Inside the Bears  |  Last updated 1/4/12
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As he praised Jerry Angelo for his character and contributions, Bears president Ted Phillips always circled back to the team’s reality. The longtime Bears general manager had revamped the scouting department, hired coach Lovie Smith and helped the team win four division titles, reach two NFC title games and appear in one Super Bowl. “He’s put his life’s blood into the Bears,’’ Phillips said Tuesday. ‘‘He’s a tireless worker, and I’m going to miss him. But at the same time, we need more. “The decision was made that we need to keep pace with our division rivals.” The Bears’ season …
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