As one of our moles in Mobile told us the other day, Chiefs director of college scouting Phil Emery was telling people that he’d be getting the G.M. job in Chicago, but no one believed him.
They’d better believe him now.
The Bears have announced that Emery has been named the team’s new General Manager. Previously the Falcons’ director of college scouting, Emery succeeds Jerry Angelo, who was fired earlier this month.
Emery inherits coach Lovie Smith, who is signed through 2013. It’s unclear whether the Bears will be retaining the traditional G.M. structure, in which the G.M. hires and fires and supervises the coach, or whether Smith has acquired more power. If it’s the former, Lovie could be on the hot seat in 2012.
Emery and Patriots director of player personnel Jason Licht were the finalists for the job.