Bears Go Safe Route, Select Phil Emery as Next GM


Phil Emery, your new Chicago Bears General Manager.

In the least surprising news you’ll hear today, the Bears have selected Phil Emery to succeed Jerry Angelo as their next general manager.  Emery emerged after the Bears interviewed 4 other candidates including Tim Ruskell, Jimmy Raye III, Marc Ross and fellow finalist Jason Licht.

Emery is viewed as the safe choice because he andthe Bears are familiar with one another, having  been a regional scout in Chicago from ’98 – ’04.  Yes, he had a hand in the drafts that brought Brian Urlacher, Mike Brown, Peanut Tillman and Tommie Harris here among others.  He also had a hand in the drafts that brought Cade McNown, Curtis Enis, Michael Haynes and Rex Grossman too.  Go here to see Emery’s draft record from Chicago to Atlanta and most recently with the Chiefs, click here.

The hope is that he has more hits than misses to turn the Bears roster over.  The aging defense has suffered too many draft misses and re-drafting the same positions over and over and over again.  How many safeties did Jerry Angelo draft?  How about defensive ends and linebackers?  If he had hit on just a couple of these choices, the Bears wouldn’t have to open the checkbooks to try to fix their problems with expensive free agents.

Emery will need to infuse some young talent on the defense to shore up the secondary, find a more consistent pass rusher opposite Julius Peppers and find Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs’ eventual replacements.

On offense, the need is more desperate.  Emery needs to find some playamkers next for Jay Cutler and newly promoted offensive coordinator Mike Tice.  Needs at wide receiver, tight end and along the offensive line are clear and immediate.  He’ll also have to deal with the Matt Forte contract situation and decide to either franchise tag him, extend him or let him walk.

It will be a busy time for Emery.  I hope he’s ready for the challenge.

  • deepsix

    Yeah….I’ll just go ahead and put my suprised look on. These people have no capability to go outside of their comfort zone which a lot of people, including myself, believe must me done. I mean why not take a chance on a young, fiery Jason Licht from arguably one of the best franchises in the history of the game? Why not take Marc Ross from the Giants, who…..well……are in the Super Bowl again and continue to have extraordinary draft days? WHY take a guy from a franchise that continues to be a complete joke year after year? A franchise that gave Matt Cassel a 63 million dollar contract. The Bears just gave the control of this franchise to a guy with a bachelors degree in physical education. So yes, they gave a gym teacher the keys to the Bears future.

  • deepsix

    Yeah….I’ll just go ahead and put my suprised look on. These people have no capability to go outside of their comfort zone which a lot of people, including myself, believe must me done. I mean why not take a chance on a young, fiery Jason Licht from arguably one of the best franchises in the history of the game? Why not take Marc Ross from the Giants, who…..well……are in the Super Bowl again and continue to have extraordinary draft days? WHY take a guy from a franchise that continues to be a complete joke year after year? A franchise that gave Matt Cassel a 63 million dollar contract. The Bears just gave the control of this franchise to a guy with a bachelors degree in physical education. So yes, they gave a gym teacher the keys to the Bears future.

  • Phil_X

    I am still surprised that the Bears fired Angelo. I think we all are. So, lets give them the benfit of the doubt on this move. I don’t think its unheard of for a CEO (and its company) to hire someone they know or are comfortable with. Look, they got rid of Angelo. We all wanted it, and it was long overdue. Let’s see what this guy does this year in free agency and the draft before this team’s window closes. Then we can all judge him appropriately.

  • Phil_X

    I am still surprised that the Bears fired Angelo. I think we all are. So, lets give them the benfit of the doubt on this move. I don’t think its unheard of for a CEO (and its company) to hire someone they know or are comfortable with. Look, they got rid of Angelo. We all wanted it, and it was long overdue. Let’s see what this guy does this year in free agency and the draft before this team’s window closes. Then we can all judge him appropriately.

  • Mr.Pickles

    I actually don’t hate this move (which is a problem in and of itself since that is what I have said about every move the Bears have made with the exception of Cutler and Peppers, but I digress). Sure he was involved in some spotty picks with the Bears but his record with the Falcons looks pretty good and there are already some guys that contribute from his drafts with the Chiefs, which it’s still too early to grade yet. I read somewhere that he was the guy that convinced the Falcons to draft Roddy White, he brings a guy like that to Chicago and he’ll have already outperformed Angelo.

  • Mr.Pickles

    I actually don’t hate this move (which is a problem in and of itself since that is what I have said about every move the Bears have made with the exception of Cutler and Peppers, but I digress). Sure he was involved in some spotty picks with the Bears but his record with the Falcons looks pretty good and there are already some guys that contribute from his drafts with the Chiefs, which it’s still too early to grade yet. I read somewhere that he was the guy that convinced the Falcons to draft Roddy White, he brings a guy like that to Chicago and he’ll have already outperformed Angelo.

  • deepsix

    After watching his press conference I’m actually kind of impressed with his style and the things he had to say about accountability throughout the entire organization. I hope his words translate into action because his formula sounded like the right one. I know talk is cheap but this guy seems to command attention far more than JA ever did.

  • deepsix

    After watching his press conference I’m actually kind of impressed with his style and the things he had to say about accountability throughout the entire organization. I hope his words translate into action because his formula sounded like the right one. I know talk is cheap but this guy seems to command attention far more than JA ever did.