Fired DePaul had hits, misses during tenure


Recently deposed Bears Senior Director of Pro Personnel Bobby DePaul possessed a resume full of hits and misses during his nine years in Chicago.

DePaul successfully landed quality free agent types such as John Tait, Ruben Brown, Thomas Jones, Tim Shaw, Roberto Garza, Anthony Adams and Nick Roach.

But there were also mistakes, like Darwin Walker, Marty Booker, Michael Gaines, Orlando Pace and Frank Omiyale (a tackle asked to play guard).

Many want to also pin the blame on DePaul for Brandon Lloyd and Adam Archuletta, but Ron Turner favored Lloyd, and Lovie Smith pushed hard for the Bears to acquire Archuletta.

DePaul's ouster proves beyond a shadow of a doubt, that draft picks still are treated like sacred cows inside the walls of Halas Hall. Jerry Angelo clearly feels former selections Juaquin Iglesias, D.J. Moore, Jarron Gilbert, Henry Melton, Matt Forte, Greg Olsen, Garrett Wolfe and Earl Bennett are viable options for 2010.

If you disagree, you're out of a job. But sometimes a fresh set of eyes are necessary to properly evaluate and fix organizational problems, and since Angelo and Smith are safe, the best place to start is the pro personnel and college scouting departments.