New Bears General Manager: Phil Emery

New Bears General Manager: Phil Emery

The Bears have reached an agreement to name Phil Emery their new GM. The choice, I believe, is a significant decision. Ted Phillips and the McCaskey family have made a decision to entrust their organization to a veteran leader with a terrific reputation in league circles. They had a few young guns to choose from (including DBB endorsed candidate Marc Ross) but they opted for a man who has been around the league a long time and who scouted for the Bears a few years back.

To read Dan Pompei's column on Emery, complete with quotes from his current boss Scott Pioli, CLICK HERE. Here are a pair of quotes from the piece I particularly liked:

Here's how former Tribune In the Wake of the News sports columnist Michael Holley described Emery in his book War Room:

"He worked at the Naval Academy for seven years, so he's not a career military man, although he does sound like one: His voice is clear and commanding. … He's got an iPad in front of him with his notes as well as reports from the scouts. His recall is impressive. … You get the feeling the iPad isn't always necessary due to his ability to give historical playbacks from memory."

And...

If the Bears hire Emery, he will have to be a good learner too. He doesn't have much experience with the salary cap and contracts, pro personnel or sitting in an office.

"That was the knock on Thomas Dimitroff, Jerry Reese, Ted Thompson, Trent Baalke and a number of guys who have become successful general managers," Pioli said. "He runs the scouting staff, and that is quite a responsibility."

The last part is a key to the process. The Bears must make sure Cliff Stein remains in the fold moving forward. His expertise with the cap will be an asset to Emery's renowned scouting skills.

CLICK HERE to read Phil Emery's biography on the Kansas City Chiefs website.

My Two Pennies...

I don't know a damn thing about Phil Emery and I think it's difficult to judge members of a particular personnel department on the decisions of that department. I mean this in both a positive and negative way. Unless we are situated in the war room or general manager's office of a respective organization on draft day and beyond we do not know who is responsible for what decision. Emery will now, for the first time, have his own front office. For the first time every decision made by an NFL franchise will bear his stamp. Let us hope his stamp will lead a few Super Bowl titles.

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  • First to hope for a better draft, fa pickups and some better depth. Good luck Emery

  • How to build around Cutler, that's all he needs to know.

  • From the list of draft picks he was involved with, I'm glad - way better than Licht's. If Ruskell really is gone, then it's a good start too.

    Angelo gone. Check
    Martz gone. Check.
    Tice in charge. Check.

    A good draft and fewer injuries ... this could be the year.

    Go Bears.

  • Russell is to be relieved of his duties @yourboyroy

  • Well he's starting out on the right foot.

  • Well, I'm glad that's over with. Now let's get to free agency, dammit!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Dwayne Bowe (KC) - One subpar season aside, Dwayne Bowe has emerged into the number one receiver the offense needs. He's a big body and a good route runner with a large catching radius. His most impressive attribute is his body of work around the goal line. He's a complete mismatch with the fade, slant, and back shoulder passes and has shown the propensity to make the acrobatic catches on numerous occasions.

    http://www.footballsfuture.com/2012/fa/wr.html

  • In reply to Shady:

    I like his highlights

  • In reply to Shady:

    I'm totally on the Bowe wagon as of now.

    6'2 220...27yrs old.
    GP:16 REC: 81 YD: 1,159 AVG: 14.3 TD: 5 (2011)

    Things to keep in mind. The Chiefs for the most part are a run first team. Tylor Fucking Palko was throwing him the rock (later Orton) in an anemic O which may explain his low TD total. The Ds once Jaamal Charles went down focused on him. Seems to be durable. He ran like a 4.57, but looks faster on the field. Good runner after the catch. Emery might have the inside track.

    http://youtu.be/mgX2Kt6EgS0

  • In reply to Shady:

    I too, will jump on the wagon. I like what I see of Bowe. Given that Emery has some first-person experience with the guy, it should be telling if the Bears go after him--that is, if Emery thinks Bowe's the #1 WR the Bears need, they should be able to get him. And if the Bears don't do what it takes to get Bowe, that would tell me Emery isn't sold on Bowe. Either way, getting/not getting Bowe will tell us a lot about Emery.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I guess I wouldn't complain if we got Bowe *and* Marshall. That would be one bangin' offense. Big targets everywhere and a nightmare for defenses - it would keep our D on their toes too.

  • Bowe and Marshall would be an excellent tandem along with a rook #1 like Floyd.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Can we afford to overlook a Konz or a Burfict moving forward? We could never draft another WR and still have good WRs - but if we need a center or MLB for the future/now, we to draft that guy and draft him high.

  • Agree on the MLB - don't agree on C.

    Konz would be a huge reach at middle of the first. If that's the way we want to go, we'd trade down and pick up an extra selection in the second. Patriots would be ideal for this.

  • I'm down in Hawaii and just ran into the Ryan brothers. Had a nice conversation with them. Both real friendly and down to earth. Curse like sailors on shore leave. They like the Bears to come back and both really like Cutler. Hopin Emery is everything we are lookin for. MB jumpin with joy no Ruskell. Big NFL block party by my hotel tonight.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    That's awesome, Murph!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I was really impressed how friendly both were. Some girl asked them which one was which and Rex goes "I'm the one that gets fined all the time" No one was paying them any attention until I started talkin then the came out of no where.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Murph.................... don't forget no tan lines....LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    are you on the island of........ com'n I wanna lei yeah!!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Was Jets Ryan checking out your toes?

  • I thought about sayin there's some really nice feet around here , but they were both so freakin friendly and approachable I couldnt bring myself to bust his nuts. He was even self deprecating about predicting to win the super bowl to the New York fans.

  • You beat me to it Butch. Cool story Murph, have fun.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Sounds awesome Murph. I hope Emery is the man.

  • The Bears will introduce Emery as Jerry Angelo’s successor at 2 p.m. Monday at a press conference in the George "Mugs" Halas Auditorium at Halas Hall. Fans can watch the press conference live on ChicagoBears.com.

    Interesting that Management announces' on Senior Bowl/Pro Bowl weekend..so the fan base has all weekend to forget about who they chose...and no one will be interested in who the fuck we chose by Monday...Well we can see the Management Puppeteers are pulling the strings of bullshit still. GO for it Ginny, still got that taco talking to the minions......

  • Emery!

    Good. Like I posted in a previous post, if one compares the Chief's against the Gmen's recent drafts, they actually stack up about the same.

    I was esp relieved they hired Emery after hearing this from Hub Arkush,

    "“I can tell you that Jason Licht really isn’t a good candidate for this job,” Hub Arkush told The McNeil and Spiegel Show. “The rumors that are leaking out is maybe that is the direction Ted (Phillips) is leaning.

    “The more you talk to people in New England, the more you wonder why Jason Licht is a candidate.”

    Arkush said that, based on Phil Emery’s background, he should easily be hired over Licht.

    “Of the two guys (Phillips) is talking to, I am more impressed today with one of them than I was a week ago,” Arkush said. “Some people who I really trust tell me that, while Emery does not have the experience, he has the credentials that you’d be looking for. The military background, the dedication, the commitment, the structure. He understands how to put a scouting department together.”

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/01/27/arkush-licht-isnt-a-good-candidate/

  • The ghost of George Halas may have played a role, since he served in the Navy (twice). I remember listening to Mully and Hanley early in the GM interview process and a guest on the show, an insider, talking very highly of Emory and his work ethic. Let's have a good draft.
    I wonder what ever happened to the poster Ghost of Halas.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Had the same thought myself today when I was farting around in the archives of the old site. I haven't seen him around since at least the beginning of the season.

  • a toast to phil emery
    been lighting incense
    for the new GM
    nice to know
    it's you
    godspeed
    bring some passion
    along with your best shot
    that is all hunti's askin'

  • In reply to The Void:

    if you like to burn
    incense
    this is what hunti
    recommends
    try the maharaj
    also the sandalwood cones
    although you can't go wrong
    with any incense
    http://suryatrading.com/store/retail-incense.html

  • In reply to The Void:

    What's the incense for hunti? Yogi Bear'a?

  • I don't know anything about Emery either except that he hasn't exactly been attached to any all-star franchises in the NFL. If he really is a diamond in the rough, then I'm fine with the Bears being his chance to shine.

    Some of the stuff I'm hearing about what went on in KC the last couple of years makes me extremely nervous that the wrong guy out of there could completely ruin our entire front office - sour relationships, alienated talent, the whole nine yards. But if Emery is a refuge from a bad situation, come on down.

    I wanted Ross, but there are a million reasons why it would make sense to go another direction. I think the key is that all of the things the Bears saw in the interview process need to translate into actual skill as a football GM. Just like when we make our draft picks, now that Emery is hired, I will get behind him.

    Dwayne Bowe is definitely at the top of the WR FA prospects and I'm fine with that. I am more than fine with it to be honest. If the following three things happen prior to the draft, I will be very happy with this pick:

    1) Emery sounds half as on point in a Bears press conference as Theo Epstein does talking about the Cubs.
    2) Emery brings in Bowe or another top tier FA talent prior to the draft.
    3) Deal with some of the contract issues, particularly Forte.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    There's no doubt in my mind that the Bears front office didn't want to be looking up to a 30 something GM. They chose experience over youth when they hired Emery. I can't say I have a problem with that.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1019262-2012-nfl-free-agency-7-free-agents-the-chicago-bears-must-throw-money-at#/articles/1019262-2012-nfl-free-agency-7-free-agents-the-chicago-bears-must-throw-money-at/

    Good article. Ignore Cortland Finnegan, terrible choice for the Bears locker room.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Demetrius Bell, Mathis, Brent Grimes, or Colston. Nice.

    Apparently we have a cap rollover this year, so we could be looking at $25-30 mill to spread around. That's three top top players we could pick up. OL, DL and WR. I'm pumped as a pumped thing.

  • We have to sign Forte, possibly Williams, and make Briggs happy.

    that will cut it down.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1042883-phil-emerys-to-do-list-moves-the-chicago-bears-need-to-make-this-off-season

    This is what I am saying.

  • I don't agree with some of the resignings or cuts but it shows how quickly money gets cut down.

  • Try to read all of it and let me know what you guys think. It's pretty harsh.

  • Wow. Let Kahlil Bell, our two TEs, Craig Steltz and Roy Williams walk ? Cut Marion Barber, Chris Spencer and Chris Williams ?? WTF? This guy's on crack .... no wait, what's that ... CUT FUCKING BRIAN URLACHER ??? CALL THE POLICE !! MENTALIST ON THE LOOSE !!

    That's the problem witht he internet, any crazy clueless fuck can have his say .. hey ...wait ...

  • That guy is certifiable and clueless. CUT Uralcher? No surprise the "writer" was a Pack fan.

    Resign Izzy? No way. If Izzy doesn't sign for cheap, nice knowing you.

    Cut Steltz? He looked very solid to me. He may not be the most athletic, but he knows the D and is reliable. Worst case scenario, he's a good SP teamer.

    Cut Graham? Nope. He has a knack for big plays and is also a top SP teamer. But he might want a chance to start, so we're going to have to decide between him and Jennings.

    Okoye resign for the right price. He's a 3rd down DT and hopefully he doesn't think he's more.

    Barber cut. Draft some 5th round bulldozer for those short yards.

    Cut Garza? Guys on crack. The Bears didn't extend his contract just to eat it.

    Spencer and CG are solid at Gs. Spencer esp is valuable in case Garz goes down.

    I'm iffy on Roy Williams. IF we get two new WRs, then cut him. But if we only get one surefire WR, then it makes little sense to cut him since Knox is a wildcard for now.

  • Dude, when he said cut Urlacher, he made me think I was crazy for keeping him. Glad you all thought the same.

    I don't get why he wants to get rid of Williams and Spencer.

    This guy was crazy but my whole point is how quickly the money will trickle away when we resign our players. Funny, I don't remember him saying anything about Briggs.

  • What is this guy thinking? Cut Barber, Spencer and Chris Williams. I doubt either of those players will be allowed to walk. Maybe Barber but I doubt it. He did play well with the exception of his two blunders.

  • I totally agree with you about the cap space dissapearing quickly.

    Which is why it is possible the Bears could see an expensive linebacker released this off-season. That LB would be Lance Briggs, not Lach, and a move like that would be bad for both sides to be honest. Lach and Briggs make our D run, on the field, but also in the locker-room.

    Its also why trading both third round picks (neccesitating more FA moves) for Brandon Marshall would be okay, but it would be a lot more palatable if he took a modest pay cut in exchange for an extension. That pay cut could be what we need to also sign Dwayne Bowe without breaking the bank at WR.

    One thing I notice from the article. He cuts 3-4 OL guys, but doesn't recommend any in FA. He picks three DBs in FA and some offensive skill position guys in FA, thereby eating the salary cap up, and spends our first round pick on a linebacker. How exactly are we supposed to win a championship with even less depth on the O-line?

  • Did we sign Earl Bennett yet? I seem to recall we did but I have the memory of a goldfish.

  • Yes we did, Irish. You goldfish.

  • What's a goldfish?

  • In all honesty, if we solidify the line and sign Brandon Marshall and say a Bowe, Forte is not as key as he likes to think he is. Such an oiffense would hum with or without him. He may be a fan fave, but this is a business. If Forte thinks we're going to pour most of our cap space into him then he's got U-haul in his near future.

    Had we drafted you-know-who in the second round last year, Forte wouldn't be making so much noise now.

  • Yep, there's a new sheriff in town Irish and I don't think one of his first moves will be so blow the teams walking around money. I look to see a doable contract signed with Matt or he'll be franchised. Sorry Matt, you should have signed the offer Jerra made to you, a bird in the hand is always better than two in the bush.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    He must have Kreutz' agent.

    The offer Jerry made was pretty good. $13 or 14m guaranteed.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/11/07/angelo-says-bears-made-forte-a-very-lucrative-offer/

  • Artoo posted Emery's draft record on the last thread, here it is. Check out the Bears years :

    https://docs.google.com/a/ut.utm.edu/spreadsheet/lv?key=0AszIdKrzoFQgdHpSTFRPeHlFSnp4ZlZBQ1ljYzdJd3c&pli=1

  • It will be real interesting to see if Emery makes a play for D Bowe. I hope we get our #1 stud WR through FA, it seems that drafting a WR to be the immediate #1 has a high bust percentage. Between Bowe, V Jack and Colston wonder how their salary demands will vary. No way Bears pay for the top dog price. Bowe put up good numbers in an aneimic Post-Cutty type of offense, and not sure how much of Colston's production was due to Brees and their system/talent. V Jack is a beast and no one can cover him solo. I'd any of them of course.

  • Awesome murph! Enjoy yourself my man.

    No matter what, we have to give emery 2-3 years to see if he's any good. Let's all just hope Teddy made the right choice for the right reasons... 'because he wanted to do things love's way and not shake things up' are NOT the right reasons.

    This draft/Fa should give us some strong clues. If he needs help he should just read us, I think we have things pretty much spot on.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So if he drafts a qb in the 5th round..do we scream?

  • I would be shocked.

    He'll probably grab a vet from FA to sit behind Jay and see how Enderle develops. Enderle is odd man out, he was a Martz pick, and this does not bode well for his career. He should be studying Rapelessburger tapes.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    and eating hamburgers and shakes

  • yes.

  • I'm glad to see I was wrong and Ruskell was sent packing, as he was Angelo's toady. I have hopes that Emery will stick around and build a winner and get a head coach who can if Lovie can't get his act together.

    Now we need a QB coach to replace Shane, Cutler will probably pick that person.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Glad you were as well GP. I really didn't see much of a chance the front office fired Angelo only to put in a weaker GM.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I too am very glad you were wrong. That's because what you were saying seemed very probable seeing is how they hadn't ruled him out right away. I bet you're prediction nearly came to fruition, but I'm glad to see we have someone new at the position. From what I'm hearing so far he seems like he does his homework and I'm excited for the draft.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Cutler has lobbied for a few people and they have turned us down.

    Someone is pissed at Bates because people have said that he is not going to be asked for the job.

  • Evan Silva @evansilvaBest guess is #Colts try to trade Freeney as part of house clean. Won't get much, but he's not playing in 3-4. Brackett cut, Mathis leaves.

    Can we trade something low for Freeney and Marshall?

  • Quick idea, cut Indonjie and pick up Mathis, trade for Freeney and Marshall, and pick up Bowe and a decent DB.

    I likery.

  • Sorry... I forgot how old Freeney is.. 31. This would have to be like a 6th or 7th round pick.

  • And he has a big contract.. Jumped the gun on that one. Players that I have grown up watching are becoming old now.

  • Irish, what is your twitter name?

  • @Gold4Less_Bangkok

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    damn lmao

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    @thaiwives4less
    www.nomoneynohoney.com/loveulongtime.htm

  • hahahahaha: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12tce-THLUE

  • lol - those are good...

  • @Irish_Sweetness

    For football purposes only.

    Some bird called Rebecca Aziz has @IrishSweetness %$^&!

    I intend to harass Brandon Marshall until he gives in and requests to be traded to Chicago. Looks like the asking price just went up. Surtround the man with talent and he gives you 4 TDs. Dang.

  • I tried to find you and it didn't work. Just follow me and I will follow you.

    Together, I think we can harass Marshall and Mario to come to Chicago.

  • And drops three more.

  • Hunter gets jammed

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0129-bears-hunter-hillenmeyer-chicago--20120129,0,6195376.story

  • In reply to gpldan:

    man that sucks.

    ...but we are still talking about concussions, right?

    "whiplashed their head backward and now they're on queer street for a week."

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Figures. Makes you wonder how many other guys in the league have been treated the same way.

  • I was arguing with @djdurkin and he eventually gave up.

    Let's see what you guys think.

    I think what separates us on offense vs the packers is our core of Wideouts.

    And I am not saying our offensive line is dominant but I can see our line doing a better job this time around than last year.Anyways, I said its hard to block 6 or more guys on a blitz. When teams blitz that much its up to the qb to find the open guy. I am not giving our line a reason to suck but its just obvious that when people blitzed us no one got open.

    Well, my whole point is this, Look at Rodgers and Tom Brady, Rodgers had a best 131.4 passer rating against the blitz. Tom Brady was second at 110.9.

    I can name their wideouts better than most of the people who could name ours. Thus, we need someone to win those one vs. ones more often. We need someone that Jay knows will get open and doesn't give up on a slant route.

    Tice will make the line work but he can't make someone get open.. Agree to disagree.

  • Had a crazy plan to get Marshall. This is dependant on how the draft shapes up with the early picks, so it would be a draft day blockbuster..

    We trade down in the first with the Patriots for their #27 (gotten from the Saints last year). The Saints, then trade down into the Dolphins #40 pick in the second round. The Dolphins take our first round spot. In exchange, the Dolphins give us Marshall and give the Patriots their third round pick. Depending on the values, I could also see us shuffling some later round picks around to make the math work out. Probably the Patriots would give us their sixth and take the Dolphins sixth as well - something like that.

    Net for the Bears: Drop 9 spots in the first round, pick up a sixth, and get Brandon Marshall.
    Net for the Patriots: Drop 13 spots (but still have their own first rounder), pick up a high second and third rounder, plus move up in the sixth.
    Net for the Dolphins: Unload expensive underachieving Brandon Marshall. Move up 22 spots to have two picks in the top 20. Give up a second, third and sixth.

    If the Dolphins think a couple of first round studs will help them be more competitive, I see them liking the deal.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I think Marshall's asking price possibly just went up from a third or high second, to a first rounder. Had Jerry done the decent thing, - I don't know, about two fkn years ago? - we might already have been to the show. The one thing missing from that NFC Championship game for us was a wide receiver. There wasn't wasn't one freakin' guy that could get open.

  • Two words...

    Brandon. Marshall.

    Think we'll get him now? Fuck!

    Course he gave jay a shout out in his interview. Damn man, I wish we could get him. Is it wrong to hope he pisses someone off in Miami?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He is talking more about staying in Miami now. I bet he was told that they are getting Manning.

  • i bet he was told to shut the fuck up and play football for the people paying him millions and millions of doll-hairs.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Maybe.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yeah. Hopefully by both management and teammates.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Philbin has already said he wants 'very high character' guys in Miami. Maybe that's why BM played out of his skin at the PB. He was advertising.

  • oh and in case you don't know what I mean.... he was the pro bowl MVP.

    6 receptions 4 TDs, one of them a total circus catch (another was pretty damn spectacular). The dude is fucking money man. Plain and simple. We find a way to get that dude and we're going to the show.

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-cant-miss-plays/09000d5d8266e94f/Pro-Bowl-Can-t-Miss-Play-Marshall-arts?module=HP11_headline_stack

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    oh, and our very own corey G was (one) of the dude's who gave it up.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    actually, corey got burned on two of his TDs: http://www.nfl.com/videos

  • OK everyone, give it up about Marshall. He is not coming here. Unless he does something criminal the Fins aren't getting rid of him. If he does something criminal the Bears wouldn't take him.

    Anytime you start talking draft scenarios with 3 or more teams involved in a trade, it's fun but about as likely as me winning the lottery.

    Gotta love the Pro Bowl. Twice in the last few years we've gotten a guy on the team for ST's play and they end up playing D (Ayenbedajo and Graham). The Bears almost never let BA on the field to play D and Graham only played nickel (not corner).

    Releasing Briggs won't save us much money this year. His salary this year is under $2 mil. Makes no sense to release or trade him. Hopefully PE will do with Briggs what JA did with #54. Give him some extra dough this year and extend him by a couple of years. That would be fair. I get the argument that a contract is a contract but if we could leverage our bosses into giving us a raise I'm pretty sure most of us would.

    Murph, you're a lucky guy. I know a lot of people piss and moan about the Ryan bros but I think they add something to the NFL. I'm also glad they don't work for the Bears.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    yep Canada...

    *SNIFF*!!!

    btw, watching a show by warren miller's son called The Movement about injured people not giving up... pretty inspiring.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Are most of the injuries from skiing? If I see it on TV I'll make a point to watch it.

    Yeah, I'm not trying to be a wet blanket but all the Marshall talk is crazy. Fun but crazy.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    It's crazy talk ... now. We may surely have missed the baot there - or not - depending on how badly we want him. But look at what happens when you surround the dude with talent ... he becomes The Beast once more - the guy that holds the NFL record for receptions in a game. Thrown by ? Our very own Neckbeard. Sigh.

  • your govenment at work fellas. Awesome: http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/29/world/meast/iraq-us-audit/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Waste, fraud, abuse, incompetence in government? Say it ain't so MB!
    At least the IRS balances its books. Oh wait, they couldn't account for a few billion in spending a couple years ago.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If your best friend stabs you in the back, is he still your best friend?

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Let's ask Caesar.. lol

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