It’s Official – Emery New GM of Bears

The Chiefs director of college scouting Phil Emery was named the new general manager of the Chicago Bears on Saturday.

Emery’s hiring comes less than 24 hours after a day-long interview session at Bears headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois. That was the second interview Emery had with Bears management, led by team president Ted Phillips.

The job had come down to Emery and New England’s director of pro personnel Jason Licht.

The Bears needed a new GM after ownership fired GM Jerry Angelo in the days after the completion of the 2011 season.

Emery is a 15-year NFL veteran who joined the Chiefs after the 2009 NFL Draft, coming over from the Atlanta Falcons. He also previously worked for the Bears as an area scout seven years.

He’s respected around the league for his work ethic and attention to detail in scouting players. His departure is a bad loss for the Chiefs personnel department.

In his new position, Emery has one mandate from management: close the talent gap with Green Bay and Detroit in the NFC North. Another part of the job was being able to work well with Smith, an area where Emery was thought to have the edge because of his previous ties with the Bears.

Emery inherits a team that could use help on both lines, in the secondary and at wide receiver. RB Matt Forte’s rookie contract is up, and Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs has made it clear he wants to renegotiate even though his six-year deal runs through 2013. Also part of what he takes over is a franchise QB in Jay Cutler along with stars such as Forte, Briggs, DE Julius Peppers, LB Brian Urlacher and kicker returner Devin Hester.

5 Responses to “It’s Official – Emery New GM of Bears”

  • January 28, 2012  - txchief says:

    Bob, I’m sure he was forced out of the Chiefs organization because he tried to watch practices after evaluating players in the draft. He(according to a confidential source in the Chiefs front office) was also observed drinking Gatorade on the sidelines at training camp without paying. Clark really coudn’t stand that! The Snickers wrapper was just the final straw.

  • January 29, 2012  - ED J says:

    I mean really guy gets promotion and you gone say he was forced out. Stop reading everything a reporter writes coming from bunch of disgruntled employees who were fired for not doing their job. If you don’t like Clark Hunt or Pioli then find a new team. Call yourself txcowboy or txjet. Even txbroncos. Because at end of day he’s going to be the owner and once we get back on track next season in getting in playoff Pioli going continue to be GM. No one is making you be Chiefs fan if you hate the owner and GM then you can easily go pick 31 other teams.

    Anyways congradulation to Emery on his promotion. I’m sure he’ll build very successful organization out there in Chi-town.

  • January 29, 2012  - Chuck says:

    What would really be nice is if now the Chiefs would go out and sign Jason Licht from the Pats to replace Emery.

  • January 29, 2012  - txchief says:

    ED, it was a joke. Just commenting that there seems to be alot of conspiracy theory stories about the Chiefs lately!

  • January 29, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    Tough time to lose Emery, but congrats on the promotion.

    txchief-you gave me a good laugh with your very obvious sarcastic joking. Funny stuff!

    Luckily nobody overreacted ;)

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