After a slew of media reports surfaced early this afternoon suggesting the Bears were offering their vacant general manager position to Chiefs’ director of college scouting Phil Emery, the team confirmed via email that those reports were erroneous.
The Bears later sent out an email confirming that Emery was a finalist for the position along with Patriots’ director of pro personnel Jason Licht (pronounced Light). The team said the two are scheduled to interview later this week.
Reports still suggest Emery is the favorite. But he may not be … what’s interesting is that Emery is currently more involved with the college side of things, while Licht is more involved on the pro side of things. Licht is reportedly not a part of the Patriots’ draft-day staff, while Emery certainly is up in Kansas City.
If the Bears’ goal is to find a guy with a draft-day pedigree, Emery is likely it.
Bears fans’ initial reaction to Emery is one of apathy (or worse) considering he is a former Chicago Bears’ scout and used to work for the Bears’ current director of player personnel Tim Ruskell. Bears fans wanted change and that doesn't appear to be a whole lot of change …
But what’s the bottom line here? The product on the field, right? And just because I can’t dance doesn't mean my buddy can’t. Emery is well respected around the league as being an incredibly hard worker and has had his hands on such players as DeAngelo Hall, Roddy White, Justin Blalock, Matt Ryan, Matthew Schaub, and Eric Berry. And he hit on three of his four first-round draft picks in Atlanta.
While I understand Bears fans’ apprehension, I would caution them to at least give whomever the Bears do hire a shot to get this thing right.