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Bears 60-second rant: Big changes could be afoot

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By Dan Parr

It's about that time.

The Bears let their grasp on the lead for a wild-card spot in the playoffs slip away in Week 14 and it's hard to envision them getting it back with three regular-season games left, including a Christmas night matchup with the Packers at Lambeau Field.

The Bears have lost three straight. Caleb Hanie is expected to start at quarterback for the fourth straight game against the Seahawks in Week 15 with Jay Cutler still recovering from surgery to repair the broken thumb he suffered in Week 11.

We know strange things have happened this season (see: the Denver Broncos), but watching the Bears play in the playoffs in 2012 would be one of the most stunning sights in a season that's produced quite a few of them.

The storyline for the Bears is already shifting with a playoff appearance looking highly unlikely. GM Jerry Angelo responded over the weekend to a report that he might retire after the season. Mike Martz is already rumored to be out the door when his contract expires after the season and has been facing questions about his future for weeks. The most important decisions being made by the Bears will soon transition from whom to play on Sunday to whom to keep and who,to acquire.

Angelo tried to stifle the speculation, saying his future is "not a big story by any stretch of the imagination."

He's right — it's not a big story at the moment. It would be a huge story if he decided to retire, though.

Angelo's contract runs through the 2013 season, and there are major decisions to be made this offseason, with the potential for a change at offensive coordinator and RB Matt Forté's contract due to expire, not to mention addressing the backup quarterback situation, which is clearly a spot where the Bears are going to need to upgrade.

Angelo is going to have to get used to people asking what he's going to do next and for how long he intends to continue working.

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