45. The Jerry Angelo era comes to an end in Chicago: But somehow, Lovie Smith still has a job. Angelo was cut loose after serving as the Bears’ general manager for 11 years. His move to sell the farm for Jay Cutler wasn’t paying off, and he hadn’t drafted a quality starter since taking Henry Melton in the fourth round in 2009. It’s a new era in Chicago with renowned college scout Phil Emery taking over the front office, but Smith is somehow still hanging around.
44. The Reggie Bush era comes to an end in New Orleans: After five rather disappointing seasons with the Saints, the former No. 2 overall pick was dealt to the Dolphins early in the new league year. But in Miami, Bush had the best season of his career, rushing for over 1,000 yards on the ground. Considering that his previous career high was only 581, that’s quite a step forward.
43. Tiki Barber’s failed comeback attempt: This was really the first major story of the 2011 season. In early March, Barber announced that he was going to attempt a comeback after four years away from the game. That alone was a bit embarrassing, because it was clearly a financial thing. But things got worse when Barber failed to land a job, barely even getting a sniff. Ultimately, his only workout was with the Dolphins. His brother couldn’t even get him a tryout in Tampa. It must be killing this guy that the Giants have won two Super Bowls since he retired.
42. ESPN cuts ties with Hank Williams Jr.: And all the old coot had to do was compare the President of the United States to Adolf Hitler…
41. The Rams ditch Steve Spagnuolo: I don’t know why all of these stories are so depressing and negative, but if it bleeds it leads. Spags was sent packing on Black Monday after three rough years in St. Louis. He’s still considered one of the top defensive masterminds in the game, which is why we’re excited for him to take his talents to New Orleans as a defensive coordinator. But you can’t go 10-38 in three years as a head coach and live to tell about it.