Bears hire Phil Emery as GM, what to think?

Phil EmeryThe Bears went through a three week interview process to arrive at the decision to hire former team scout Phil Emery as GM.  Emery was employed by the Kansas Chiefs under Scott Pioli as their director of college scouting and has no previous GM experience.

Bears fans gave a collective shrug of the shoulders with Emery’s hiring with no real excitement generated from a guy who has been here before.

The ideal that the Bears should hire someone that didn’t work under Jerry Angelo and the Bears previously, a fresh set of eyes has some merit.  Emery was here under Angelo from 2001 to 200 and was a part of the drafts that brought in Lance Briggs, Charles Tillman, Tommie Harris and Tank Johnson.  Whether Emery was responsible for scouting those players isn’t really known but it was promoted as one of the positives in the Bears’ official release.

What are the positives of this hire?  Emery is a grinder a hard worker who is extremely thorough in his evaluations of players.  He was down at the Senior Bowl this week scouting prospects and will hit the ground running with the Bears.  He knows this organization already and knows some of the scouts within this organization having worked with them previously.  Undoubtedly he knows the Bears’ draft needs and free agency shouldn’t be any more stressful.   It doesn’t take a 40 year NFL veteran personnel man to know what the Bears’ team needs are.

Any criticism regarding Emery’s ability to  negotiate contracts is unwarranted given Cliff  Stein being a part of the staff.  Stein it was reported was one of three in the interview room with the candidates the Bears were going after.  His services will likely be retained, it would be stupid not to given the advantage the Bears have had in free agency and salary cap management with Stein on board.

Emery’s hiring did receive a ringing in endorsement from Dan Pompei of the Tribune.  Pompei wrote a strongly worded column in support of the hiring a rarity from Pompei given how negative his tone tends to be.   From there Scott Pioli former GM of the Patriots current GM of the Chiefs also gave Emery a strong endorsement.

All this is good to hear in this case, but the problem I have is what is really going to change down at Halas Hall?  Jerry Angelo is gone but beyond that nothing within the scouting apparatus likely will change.  The draft day decision maker is gone, but the same scouts will likely be retained given Emery’s relationship with the staff from his previous stint here.  That’s one of the positives in terms of Emery being able to hit the ground running.  He knows the organization and the head coach and can work with them instantly.

The question is though why shouldn’t there be turnover?  What will change with Angelo gone?  Is there a scouting problem within the organization as a whole?  Are there long time scouts that have been in the same position for years who are just as responsible for the failure as Angelo?

The truly insulting aspect of this hire is essentially how things will not change at all.  Emery worked with Ruskell so Ruskell likely will be retained, Emery worked with scouts within the staff so they’ll likely be retained as well.   Nothing will change no fresh perspective will be allowed within Halas Hall.  No outside counsel will be sought it will be the same old song and dance.

This is where the anger rises because the idea that McCaskey family wants to win falls flat.  The McCaskey’s hired a yes man someone who knows the best way to kiss their asses, something this family appreciates immensely.   Emery may very well turn out to be a good GM, but the fact of the matter is the status quo will remain.

The only turnover was at one position and that position won’t come in and make waves in an organization that desperately needs someone to come in and change the culture of mediocrity, the culture of complacency.  Upheaval at Halas Hall would be appreciated a new direction a  new sense of purpose.

Instead the Bears did the predictable thing, they hired Tim Ruskell without having to hire him.  They hired someone that will do the same things Ruskell has who is essentially cut from the same cloth only without the experience.

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The Bears went through a three week interview process to arrive at the decision to hire former team scout Phil Emery as GM.  Emery was employed by the Kansas Chiefs under Scott Pioli as their director of college scouting and has no previous GM experience.

Bears fans gave a collective shrug of the shoulders with Emery’s hiring with no real excitement generated from a guy who has been here before.

The ideal that the Bears should hire someone that didn’t work under Jerry Angelo and the Bears previously, a fresh set of eyes has some merit.  Emery was here under Angelo from 2001 to 200 and was a part of the drafts that brought in Lance Briggs, Charles Tillman, Tommie Harris and Tank Johnson.  Whether Emery was responsible for scouting those players isn’t really known but it was promoted as one of the positives in the Bears’ official release.

What are the positives of this hire?  Emery is a grinder a hard worker who is extremely thorough in his evaluations of players.  He was down at the Senior Bowl this week scouting prospects and will hit the ground running with the Bears.  He knows this organization already and knows some of the scouts within this organization having worked with them previously.  Undoubtedly he knows the Bears’ draft needs and free agency shouldn’t be any more stressful.   It doesn’t take a 40 year NFL veteran personnel man to know what the Bears’ team needs are.

Any criticism regarding Emery’s ability to  negotiate contracts is unwarranted given Cliff  Stein being a part of the staff.  Stein it was reported was one of three in the interview room with the candidates the Bears were going after.  His services will likely be retained, it would be stupid not to given the advantage the Bears have had in free agency and salary cap management with Stein on board.

Emery’s hiring did receive a ringing in endorsement from Dan Pompei of the Tribune.  Pompei wrote a strongly worded column in support of the hiring a rarity from Pompei given how negative his tone tends to be.   From there Scott Pioli former GM of the Patriots current GM of the Chiefs also gave Emery a strong endorsement.

All this is good to hear in this case, but the problem I have is what is really going to change down at Halas Hall?  Jerry Angelo is gone but beyond that nothing within the scouting apparatus likely will change.  The draft day decision maker is gone, but the same scouts will likely be retained given Emery’s relationship with the staff from his previous stint here.  That’s one of the positives in terms of Emery being able to hit the ground running.  He knows the organization and the head coach and can work with them instantly.

The question is though why shouldn’t there be turnover?  What will change with Angelo gone?  Is there a scouting problem within the organization as a whole?  Are there long time scouts that have been in the same position for years who are just as responsible for the failure as Angelo?

The truly insulting aspect of this hire is essentially how things will not change at all.  Emery worked with Ruskell so Ruskell likely will be retained, Emery worked with scouts within the staff so they’ll likely be retained as well.   Nothing will change no fresh perspective will be allowed within Halas Hall.  No outside counsel will be sought it will be the same old song and dance.

This is where the anger rises because the idea that McCaskey family wants to win falls flat.  The McCaskey’s hired a yes man someone who knows the best way to kiss their asses, something this family appreciates immensely.   Emery may very well turn out to be a good GM, but the fact of the matter is the status quo will remain.

The only turnover was at one position and that position won’t come in and make waves in an organization that desperately needs someone to come in and change the culture of mediocrity, the culture of complacency.  Upheaval at Halas Hall would be appreciated a new direction a  new sense of purpose.

Instead the Bears did the predictable thing, they hired Tim Ruskell without having to hire him.  They hired someone that will do the same things Ruskell has who is essentially cut from the same cloth only without the experience.

The Bears will hold a press conference on Monday, January 30 at 2:00 pm CT in the Mugs Halas Auditorium.  The conference will likely be carried live by Comcast Sport Chicago or at ESPNChicago.com on the listen live to ESPN 1000 tab. 

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