Three Chicago GMs on the Spot

Three Chicago GMs on the Spot

Duty and a flair for drama compelled White Sox general manager Ken Williams to offer to "fall on the sword" if the team he assembled falls short of expectations.

How quintessential Kenny.

But of the three general managers in Chicago sports facing their most defining week of the year as Major League Baseball's trade deadline intersects with NFL free-agency, Jerry Angelo is the one I would keep away from sharp objects.

Angelo's hours threaten to be more desperate, his immediate work potentially having more impact on the product. Angelo even has more riding on this week than beleaguered Cubs GM Jim Hendry, whose next move figures to affect the next executive in charge more than Hendry's employment status.

Consider Angelo has to improve a Bears team that ended last season one game from the Super Bowl in a city starved for football after fasting 4 1/2 months. Fill the holes and shape the roster so the Bears can beat the Super Bowl-champion Packers. That's all.

Fair or not, that's the standard by which Angelo will be measured this year. After the 2008 season, Angelo traded for Jay Cutler. After '09, he signed Julius Peppers. What have you done for the McCaskeys lately, Jerry? The 2011 clock began ticking Tuesday.

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