Ted Phillips had the tough task of hiring a Bears general manager. Though it's too early to tell if he chose the right man for the job, Phillips is pleased with Emery. He discussed the decision with the Chicago Bears website.
"Phil just has a great presence about him. His ability to articulate his vision." Phillips said. "He wants big play guys. He wants tough guys. He wants character guys. He likes a balance between offense and defense."
If there is one thing the Jerry Angelo era lacked, it was a coherent vision that guided the Bears from year to year. The lack of vision is what led to the Bears drafting Greg Olson with their valuable first round pick in 2007 and then shipping him off to North Carolina in 2011. Chris Harris and Mark Anderson went from being the toast of the team to on the cut list. The Bears signed Chester Taylor and Brandon Manumaleuna to huge contracts one year before getting rid of them.
Now, we know who the Bears want to play, and every choice will be guided by what Emery envisions will get Chicago closer to a Super Bowl.
Along with vision, Phillips is happy with the high standards Emery will set at Halas Hall.
“I think it’s going to be his ability to hold people to high standards,” Phillips said. “He’s going to set the bar high for everybody and I think anytime in this business where there’s a fine line between winning and losing, the higher you can set the bar, the better off you’re going to be, the better chance you have at being successful.”
High standards and a vision for the team. Those may seem like vague, coded words, but if Emery can enact what he believes in, the Bears should be enjoying a Super Bowl week soon.