Angelo takes swipe at Cutler critics, union

January, 24, 2011
1/24/11
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo accomplished two goals with one comment on Monday.

All in a single breath, Angelo fired back at Jay Cutler's critics within the NFL fraternity, and also took a swipe at the players union at a time when labor uncertainty permeates throughout the league.

"I'm very surprised. I think it's crap," Angelo said. "I thought they were a union. If that's the way the unionize themselves they have bigger issues then the ones they have with the owners. I'm very disappointed in that. That to me is dirty pool. It is what it is. People are allowed to say what they want to say but that doesn't mean that it's right. It's certainly not grounded."

Although Angelo softened up the rhetoric later in the press conference -- "We feel very confident, I know our commissioner has said that repeatedly. We're all motivated to get a deal done and I'm hopeful we'll get one done here in the near future" -- the preemptive strike against the NFLPA caught many in attendance by surprise.

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He is also a talk-show host on ESPN 1000 and the ESPN Radio network.

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