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published June 13, 2001

Angelo: 'I have no quick fixes'

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Jerry Angelo has no easy solution for getting Chicago to the Super Bowl.

"I have no cliches, no quick fixes," said Angelo, introduced as general manager of the Bears on Tuesday. "I figure myself as an appraiser. My expertise is to know a player and put a value on each player."

Angelo, who had been director of player personnel for the Bucs, signed a four-year contract and became the first person to hold the GM position with Chicago since 1987.

The Bears are 19-45 the past four years, finishing last in the NFC Central each year. In 15 years at Tampa Bay, Angelo was part of a turnaround that saw the Bucs go from NFC Central cellar to perennial playoff team.

Bucs coach Tony Dungy said Angelo's departure likely will not change the team's approach of finding players.

"Rich (McKay, general manager) has a plan of how we're going to do things," Dungy said. "We've had a great deal of success working that plan together.

"I think it was Jerry and Rich in the beginning deciding which direction they wanted it to go. Then they hired a coach to be part of that and implement it. Jerry played a big part of that."

Angelo's replacement may not announced until late this week at the earliest because McKay is spending time with his family after the death Sunday of his father, former Bucs coach John McKay.

BILLS: Starting cornerback Ken Irvin will miss the final two days of minicamp after pulling his left hamstring. Irvin said the training staff told him he would be recovered within two weeks.

BRONCOS: Free agent Chris Ruhman went down with a knee injury during minicamp. Ruhman, 26, was among eight tackles on the roster, and he was expected to contend for a backup position. "It's possibly an ACL," coach Mike Shanahan said. "Steve (Antonopulos, trainer) thought it was serious." Ruhman was scheduled for more tests.

BROWNS: Wide receiver Dennis Northcutt said a broken right collarbone won't keep him from playing this season. It will take Northcutt 8-10 weeks to heal.

CARDINALS: Former running back Mario Bates, 28, was arraigned on two charges for fighting with his girlfriend, said Scottsdale, Ariz., City Court administrator Michael Landrum. Bates was released without bail after entering no plea and was to appear for a pretrial conference July 16.

GIANTS: Wide receiver Ike Hilliard will have surgery on his big right toe Monday.

MARINOVICH TO JAIL: Former quarterback Todd Marinovich was ordered to report to jail in Los Angeles for a week. He then must check into a stricter drug treatment program. Marinovich pleaded no contest March 27 to a felony heroin possession charge, avoiding a prison sentence by agreeing to enter a yearlong treatment program.

FAN SENTENCING: Luis Fernando Uribe, an Oakland Raiders fan, was sentenced to five years in prison for stabbing a San Diego Chargers fan after the teams played in October in San Diego.

- Staff writer Roger Mills contributed to this report.

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