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Mon, 24 Feb 2014 00:08:02 -0800
The Chicago Bears plan to draft and recruit larger players to fit the defensive front seven scheme, according to general manager Phil Emery. The team will use a 4-3 scheme but also wants to evaluate defensive players in this year's draft. "My personal preference is bigger is always better as long as you're not sacrificing athleticism and speed," Emery said. "This is a fast game, but it's a very physically tough, impactful game and you need bigger bodies over time to win those matchups."
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:15:41 -0800
Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery has indicated the team wants to bring back DE Henry Melton, saying he "has made progress" with personal issues, but in the end money will be the deciding factor.
Thu, 02 Jan 2014 09:19:04 -0800
Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery said there is no guarantee WR Devin Hester will return in 2014, due to salary cap issues.
Thu, 02 Jan 2014 09:06:48 -0800
Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery said the team would like C Roberto Garza back in 2014. It depends on what is available to Garza in free agency.
Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:48:31 -0700
Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery said the team will not sign any player to a contract extension this season.
Fri, 29 Mar 2013 12:03:17 -0700
Chicago Bears OG Matt Slauson could start, according to Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery. "His size, strength and power will allow him to challenge for either of the starting guard positions," Emery said.
Thu, 17 Jan 2013 09:06:36 -0800
Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery said he spoke to five special teams coaches about the team's head coaching job before hiring head coach Marc Trestman.
Sat, 12 Jan 2013 07:47:42 -0800
Two head coaching candidates that have interviewed for the Chicago Bears head coaching vacancy said they never have interviewed with anyone as prepared and detailed as general manager Phil Emery.
Wed, 02 Jan 2013 05:29:02 -0800
Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery said he believes WR Devin Hester was just speaking emotionally and that he won't be retiring after a frustrating season. "Obviously, Devin's under contract, so if he sent his retirement papers in, I would know," Emery said. "But I don't anticipate that. I think he's a great competitor. I think that was an emotional situation that evoked an emotional response, and I certainly understand that."
Wed, 02 Jan 2013 04:12:30 -0800
Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery said the team's decision to fire former head coach Lovie Smith ultimately came down to inconsistency on offense and an inability to perennially advance to the postseason. "During the course of Smith's career, we've had one offense that ranked in the teens (in 2006, when the Bears advanced to the Super Bowl). We haven't had the balance between our defensive excellence," Emery said. "We have searched for answers. The end result is we did not have enough consistency. That, paired with not getting into the playoffs on a consistent basis, I made the change moving forward."
Wed, 25 Jul 2012 08:29:56 -0700
Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery stressed the importance of silence and humility for rookies as they prepare for training camp. "(It's) kind of like Brian Urlacher said: 'Be quiet, be humble.' Work. Work," Emery said. "Find a way to contribute to the team whether that's on special teams, or as a role player as a pass rusher; whether that's a role player or a first- and second-down player. Whatever that role is, being a great practice player, being a guy that busts everybody else's but - work ethic, attitude - and showing us those skills that we drafted and that they contribute towards our goals in a positive way."
Mon, 28 May 2012 07:33:21 -0700
Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery said he is not concerned about WR Brandon Marshall's pervious off-field issues and feels Marshall will be a good fit. "People have the capacity to change," Emery said. "He's an intelligent guy, and he's accepted his faults, and he's working toward improving them. I thought about it a lot. Isn't that what we'd want out of our children? They might stumble, but when they do, they seriously try to improve their lives. We felt if there was a place Brandon would fit, it was here."
Thu, 05 Apr 2012 06:18:08 -0700
Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery said the team could look to the NFL Draft to find another defensive tackle, since free-agent DL Amobi Okoye appears to be leaving in free agency. "Between free agency and the draft we have to find a way to meet our needs," Emery said. "We're always looking to improve our squad, regardless of internally what we would think about our immediate needs. We're always looking for playmakers."
Mon, 12 Mar 2012 06:53:26 -0700
The Chicago Bears are expected to be active and aggressive players in free agency. Multiple sources indicate the Bears have made it clear they will be moving quickly, and with new general manager Phil Emery coming from the college scouting side of the business, contract negotiator Cliff Stein is expected to have an expanded role in the process.
Tue, 31 Jan 2012 16:15:01 -0800
Chicago Bears president and CEO Ted Phillips said Tuesday, Jan. 31, that he hopes head coach Lovie Smith gets a contract extension after a successful 2012 season. "We feel Lovie is a top coach and obviously you read everything that has been written and fans want wins. And so do we," Phillips said. A decision on Smith's status beyond 2012 is up to new general manager Phil Emery, who will have the same authority as his predecessor Jerry Angelo.