Emery’s Not Gone … Yet

From Mobile, Alabama

Phil Emery, the Chiefs director of college scouting, walked onto the field at Ladd Pebbles Stadium after the North squad’s workout Tuesday morning wearing a Chiefs sweatshirt and jacket.

Somebody asked him if he had been hired yet as general manager of the Chicago Bears; he’s one of the finalists for that job.

Emery smiled and pointed to his chest, where in big block letters it read “Kansas City Chiefs”.

UPDATE: Emery was at Tuesday afternoon’s workout for the South squad still wearing his Chiefs sweatshirt.

I know it’s hard for Chiefs fans to get worked up about whether Emery will stay with the Chiefs or move up the football front-office ladder to take over the Bears. Since he joined the team in the spring of 2009, Emery’s not done a single interview with any Kansas City media organization, save the team’s own website.

Without question 99.99 percent of Chiefs fans couldn’t pick him out of a police lineup. But that has more to do with the secrecy and paranoia of how GM Scott Pioli runs the football-side of the business than it does with Emery’s talents and worth to the Chiefs organization.

With personnel types all over Mobile this week for the Senior Bowl, the GM job in Chicago job ranks No. 1 or 2 among gossip items with scouts, coaches and other GMs. Few are surprised that Emery is a finalist for the job.

And almost to a man, all indicate that losing Emery would be a major blow for Pioli and the Chiefs preparations for the 2012 NFL Draft, but even more for the 2013 NFL Draft and beyond. The way Pioli operates draft preparation has the team’s draft grades and draft board put into place in December. Information that comes after that is factored in, like Senior Bowl week and the NFL Combine, but it’s not a major part of the evaluation.

In preparation for the 2009 NFL Draft, Pioli used the information that was gathered in New England by the Patriots staff. He paid no mind to the draft prep done by the Chiefs player personnel department, as he completely froze that group out of the draft process. The Chiefs moves that year were based on New England information and carried out by Pioli and scout Jim Nagy, who came over from the Patriots.

That worked out so well – the ’09 Chiefs draft class was a bust. Three seasons of play later, only two of the seven choices can be called contributors to the team – DE Tyson Jackson and K Ryan Succop. It’s taken Jackson all three of those seasons before he could actually grade out as a consistent player.

Emery came in after the ’09 draft and began the preparations for the 2010 draft and by the time the selection meeting rolled around in April ’10, the Chiefs were much better prepared as a front office. It showed in their selections, like SS Eric Berry, TE Tony Moeaki, FS Kendrick Lewis and G Jon Asamoah. When healthy, all are starters for the team after just two seasons.

While he’s a man few in Kansas City know, losing Phil Emery will hurt the Chiefs and their personnel process.

10 Responses to “Emery’s Not Gone … Yet”

  • January 24, 2012  - Blake says:

    Bob I disagree, I think Chiefs fans know more about Emery more than you think. He was in the book “War Room”. I know quite a few Chiefs fans that have read the book, he is described in the book all the way down to his black cowboy boots.

  • January 24, 2012  - chewbone says:

    Sad, but do we have to go to Barnes and Nobel and buy a book thats really about another team to find out who is on our Chiefs? I think Bobs point is a good one, but I must admit Blake that darn book keeps getting mentioned so much i am going to have to buy a copy.

  • January 24, 2012  - Chuck says:

    It would sure be a shame to lose this guy. From the way it sounds if we lose him we will definitely be set back in a serious manner. Just a shame.

  • January 24, 2012  - txchief says:

    Do scouts normally address the media regularly? I can’t remember any team’s scouts giving interviews and discussing posible player acquisitions in the past.

    If he’s an asset to the organization, I hope they can keep him. However, it would be hard to see a guy passing up such a huge promotion and become a GM. If he takes the Chicago job, I’d bet it was more about the opportunity than the “secrecy and paranoia” of the Chiefs organization.

  • January 24, 2012  - Niblick says:

    I’m sure it was about the opportunity to be a GM. I just saw last week a brief statement from Pioli praising Emery and how they would hate to lose him. Unless you are a real familiar with an organization you never hear musch about the scouting directors and pro personnel people I don’t think they generally do a lot of talking. I used to go to the Chiefs post draft dinners and they would sometimes speak about some of the draft choices, but you generally don’t hear much from them.

  • January 24, 2012  - rufus says:

    Pioli will get to prove his mettle now.

  • January 24, 2012  - Blake says:

    Chewbone, “War Room” is not just about the Patriots, it is about Belichick, Pioli, and Dimitroff. It starts when Belichick was the Browns head coach. It finishes with the 2011 draft.

    Emery is a good evaluator of talent and it would really suck to lose him.

  • January 24, 2012  - Michael says:

    Emery is good, and I hope the Chiefs can keep him but that GM job has got to be enticing for him. If Pioli, Emery and the Chiefs have their draft board pretty much set by December, I don’t see how his departure would hurt the Chiefs 2012 draft that much. Most of the work is done, and I have a feeling with the way Pioli and Emery operate a good deal of work has already been done for 2013 as well. Pioli tabbed Emery; so if he has to replace him there’s no reason to think another highly capable guy wouldn’t be brought in. I doubt Pioli would take over the job himself.

  • January 24, 2012  - Tenand6 says:

    Well, I guess Scott will just have to hire someone else he once worked with and who isn’t fond of good coffee or candy.

    BTW, if you had people in your office working 80+ hour weeks, wouldn’t great coffee be the one thing you would provide? Who the hell gives cheap coffee to people busting their asses all day and all night? If there was one place to spend a little extra, wouldn’t it be coffee for your sweat shop workers? The more I think about the coffee story, the madder I get.

  • January 25, 2012  - el cid says:

    When a GM can get his staff to move on and develope his own “tree”, that is good. Now Pioli has to keep developing his staff for jobs all over the NFL. Give the devil his due.

    Hope Emery, if he moves on, has success.

    This is not time for the Pioli is a jerk who could not find his way out of an outhouse.

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