As the last chips of the NFL coaching and front office changes fall, we’re starting to see more and more people hired as offshoots from the Bill Belichick tree. The branches have multiplied so much, it’s hard to avoid it (new Bucs head coach Greg Schiano is a friend of Belichick’s).
Phil Emery was with the Bears as an area scout from 1998-2004, a regional scout for Atlanta from 2004-2009 Draft, and director of college scouting for the Kansas City Chiefs under former Patriots GM Scott Pioli from 2009-now.
The Bears announced the hiring of Emery as GM today.
He’s described as a real hard-worker, who exhausts all resources. This is important in making sure you hit on a few late-round picks and undrafted free agents. It helps if you can uncover the talent other teams may be neglecting or undervaluing (if it’s out there).
The thing most Bears fans will be fired up about, is that Kansas City went for athleticism and game-breaking ability the last few drafts: CB Javier Arenas, FS Eric Berry, TE Tony Moeaki, LB Justin Houston and WR Jonathan Baldwin. Those players may not have all put up great stats yet, but they are all part of an exciting foundation for the Chiefs to make another AFC West run in a few years.
Hopefully, he is at the Senior Bowl right now evaluating talent. Emery has worked with current scouts Jeff Shiver, Ted Monago, Chris Ballard and Marty Barrett from his first time scouting for the Bears. He worked with current Director of Pro Personnel Tim Ruskell for one year while they were in Atlanta.
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