9. The head coaching search
Spoiler alert – We’ll get to the actual hiring in a little bit, but the search itself merits a mention. After Lovie Smith was fired, Phil Emery spent the month of January racking up the frequent flyer miles. Between December 31st of 2012 and January 16th, Phil Emery interviewed no less than 18 candidates for the Bears head coaching position. It speaks to the meticulous nature of the Bears head man and the exhaustive process used to find the final candidate.