Former Bears G.M. Phil Emery Back in NFL With New Job

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The Chicago Bears pulled the plug on former G.M. Phil Emery’s tenure after just three seasons, but after a year away from football, the executive has landed another gig.

Emery will join the Atlanta Falcons’ front office, working in their scouting and personnel department. It will mark his return to the city after working with the team as their director of college scouting from 2004 to 2008.

The Falcons’ front office has undergone a bit of a shake-up this offseason after missing the playoffs, despite starting out the season with a five game winning streak. The team did retain G.M. Thomas Dimitroff, but they fired director of player personnel Lionel Vital recently, and could be looking to make more moves going forward.

Emery’s tenure with the Bears was marked by one boondoggle after another, with the decision to fire Lovie Smith after a 10-6 season proving especially disastrous. The move brought Marc Trestman into the fold, and the team went from contender to pretender rapidly under the duo’s leadership.

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