Bears Introduce Phil Emery as GM

Emery was hired over the weekend as a replacement to Jerry Angelo, who was ousted earlier this month

Monday, Jan 30, 2012  |  Updated 3:47 PM CDT
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Bears Introduce Phil Emery as GM

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A 2 p.m. press conference has been scheduled by the Chicago Bears to introduce Phil Emery as the team's new General Manager.

Emery was hired over the weekend as a replacement to Jerry Angelo, who was ousted earlier this month.

Most recently the director of college scouting for the Kansas City Chiefs, Emery served with the Bears from 1998 to 2004 as a scout, leading to drafts of Brian Urlacher, Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs. During that time, Chicago won the NFC Central in 2001.

Emery is a Michigan native with 31 years of football experience, including 14 seasons in the NFL. He will serve as the fifth general manager in Bears franchise history following Angelo, who was fired earlier this month by Bears president and CEO Ted Phillips.

"Ultimately, we look at our division and say, 'We need to close that talent gap,' and that's what we need to do," Phillips said, "and I think the way to do that, right now, is a fresh start and a new look at our team."

Emery was one of two GM finalists, the Bears said last week. The other was Jason Licht, the Patriots' director of player personnel.

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