Phil "DA GM" Emery is quickly earning his way into the roll of Chicago's favorite general manager. After years of lack luster moves in free agency by Jerry Angelo, the Bears bring in big names and continue to add smart, key players.
His very first move, being the Brandon Marshall trade, raised everyone's eyebrows. Then, he bolstered the special teams unit with Weems and Costanzo. Now, he signs Michael Bush to be Forte's back up.
Seriously—and realistically—could it get any better? If the Bears had Michael Bush, or someone like him last year, it’s safe to say they still make the playoffs after Forte gets injured. Not to mention bringing in Jason Campbell, who is a more-than-capable backup quarterback.
Signing Michael Bush makes the Bears a two-headed monster at running back again. Remember the last time the Bears had a dominant two-back-attack? Yeah, it was 2006, and they went to the Super Bowl. Only this offense is far superior that its ’06 counterpart.
Phil is seemingly going for it all this year, and it's the right thing to do. With an aging defense, this is likely the last year to really make a strong run. The Bears are geared up and prepared to try and win it all.
Emery has only been the GM for a few months, and I already feel like he is a smarter general manager than Angelo ever was.
But now for the real test—the draft. Let’s hope he doesn't follow the Angelo formula of taking bad rookie quarterbacks, who get cut in training camp, or reaching for tiny running backs like Garrett Wolfe, and picking injured tackles in the first-round. That pretty much sums up Angelo correctly, right?
I would expect Emery and company to go almost strictly defense in the draft, maybe grabbing one left tackle and/or a wide receiver. The Bears now lack another defensive end, a play-making corner, and the eventual Urlacher replacement (who is needed ever so badly).
The check list is starting to get to the end, and Emery gets an A+++ from me so far.
Keep it coming, Phil.