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Tim Ruskell out as Bears player personnel director

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Phil Emery has made his first big decision as Bears general manager.

Tim Ruskell has been relieved of his duties as the team’s player personnel director. He had also been serving as the team’s interim general manager after the departure of Jerry Angelo earlier this month.

Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that it isn’t clear if Ruskell, who was also interviewed for the permanent job, was fired. Emery wants to have separate people overseeing the college and pro ends of the personnel department which signaled the end of the line for Ruskell, something Jensen interprets to mean that it was the team’s choice to let Ruskell go before the end of his contract.

Emery’s desire to set up his own staff isn’t a surprise, although he does owe Ruskell some thanks for sending him on his way to the G.M. job in Chicago. Ruskell hired Emery, then a Bears scout, to head up college scouting for the Falcons in 2004. Emery held the same job with the Chiefs before the Bears hired him to take over as general manager last week.

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21 Responses to “Tim Ruskell out as Bears player personnel director”
  1. johnnyjagfan says: Jan 30, 2012 12:01 PM

    Tough biz.

  2. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Jan 30, 2012 12:09 PM

    Well now that had to be awkward.

  3. dccowboy says: Jan 30, 2012 12:11 PM

    Kind of funny that Emery’s first ‘football’ job was as a strength and conditioning coach for Navy (US Naval Academy) and that Bill Belicheck’s first football experience was a teen living in Annapolis (his father was a long time DC for Navy — he was there when I attended Navy).

  4. mialto says: Jan 30, 2012 12:21 PM

    I was going to say “No surprise” but I am actually surprised because this is a good indicator of change on its way within the Chicago Bears.

    What Emery needs to do:
    1. Keep rolling heads
    2. Target Free Agency
    3. Trade for Brandon Marshall since he expressed talked about Jay Cutler 2 times in a week (ESPN & Pro Bowl)
    4. Draft – do 10% better than Angelo which shouldnt be hard

  5. iabearsfan says: Jan 30, 2012 12:31 PM

    With Angelo and Ruskell both gone the Bears have a chance of having the first good draft in 11 years. Maybe they will be able to get more than one decent player out of this draft.

  6. trollhammer20 says: Jan 30, 2012 12:43 PM

    Great news for Bears fan. Ruskell isn’t a guy you want in your front office. In his first year in Seattle, the Seahawks were 13-3 and made the Super Bowl. They were 4-12 and 5-11 in his final two seasons. The current management has undone almost everything he did, and the team is improving again. This is not a coincidence.

  7. emmac13 says: Jan 30, 2012 12:48 PM

    Trade Cutler and get Manning.

  8. socalseahawker says: Jan 30, 2012 12:48 PM

    No matter what happens the rest of the way for the Bears, this is the best move of the year.

    Hawk fan still recovering from Ruskell

  9. pencepost says: Jan 30, 2012 1:25 PM

    3. Trade for Brandon Marshall since he expressed talked about Jay Cutler 2 times in a week (ESPN & Pro Bowl)
    ———-
    I’d prefer Vincent Jackson, Marques Colston, or Steve Johnson. They will all be free agents, though Colston/Johnson could be franchised. I would not be upset at all if they overpaid for Jackson.

  10. muskyhunter2542 says: Jan 30, 2012 1:39 PM

    Marshall going to the Bears??? You would have to trade your whole draft along with some players.

    Never happen!!!

    Ryan Grant talks to Justin Tuck twice a week. That doesnt mean Tuck is going to The Packers

  11. uwsptke says: Jan 30, 2012 1:49 PM

    pencepost says:
    Jan 30, 2012 1:25 PM

    I’d prefer Vincent Jackson, Marques Colston, or Steve Johnson. They will all be free agents, though Colston/Johnson could be franchised. I would not be upset at all if they overpaid for Jackson.

    =============================

    Colston won’t be franchised, unless they ink Brees to a deal first. Brees is the obvious franchise tag target in NO. They’ll also be losing one of their guards in FA as well due to cap concerns.

  12. seattlereign says: Jan 30, 2012 2:10 PM

    Ruskell is a great GM if your looking to sign veteran free agents to huge contracts in the twilight of their career.

  13. orangeflh says: Jan 30, 2012 2:42 PM

    emmac13 says:
    Jan 30, 2012 12:48 PM

    Trade Cutler and get Manning.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    As a Packers fan, I’d love that. I hate to admit it, but Cutler’s a lot better, and tougher, than most of the world (myself included) gave him credit for.

    And knowing the Bears record with QB’s, if they did get Manning he’d sustain a career ending injury very early in the year and they’d still owe him an a truckload of money.

    They’d end up with no Culter, no Manning, and a big hit to their financials.

    I FULLY endorse you to become the Bears President/GM/Head Coach and grand high muckety-muck of all things football and non football.

  14. hawkforlife says: Jan 30, 2012 3:27 PM

    …..and if you’re looking for really short DB’s Ruskell’s your man.

  15. fcs34 says: Jan 30, 2012 3:55 PM

    Sweet. For a second there I thought they were going to hire him as GM and I would have had to stay drunk for 5 years.

  16. howiehandles says: Jan 30, 2012 4:15 PM

    “Marshall going to the Bears??? You would have to trade your whole draft along with some players.”

    While the Bears definitely need a number 1 receiver, Marshall is too prima donna for me.

    “As a Packers fan, I’d love that. I hate to admit it, but Cutler’s a lot better, and tougher, than most of the world (myself included) gave him credit for.”

    Damn, you’re getting me all warm and fuzzy. Cutler, while he may be many things (but aren’t we all), has proven that he’s a tough sob. Who if given some talent around him, should be capable of winning a SB some day (hopefully).

    I’ll give Emery props. I’ve read nothing but lousy stuff about Ruskell, and day 1 he drops him. Brass balls to dump a guy who gave you a job.

  17. biglebronski says: Jan 31, 2012 7:09 AM

    Good for you, Bears organization and fans.

  18. comeonnowguys says: Jan 31, 2012 1:05 PM

    No V-Jax.

    Quitter.

  19. tone360 says: Jan 31, 2012 1:16 PM

    With B. Marshall being too costly lets package our 1st rnd pick and our 3er rnd pick (keeping Carolina’s 3rd) and move up 5 or 6 slots to select M. Floyd from N.D. That guy is a star in the making. Dwayne Bowe would be nice but will probably be franchised. If not draft both of the Wisconsin O-linemen. Please!

  20. butkismyditka says: Feb 1, 2012 2:25 AM

    emmac13 says:
    Jan 30, 2012 12:48 PM

    Trade Cutler and get Manning.

    ———————————————————

    ….since Manning’s mobility is far superior to Cutler’s, behind a shoddy o-line?

  21. gshfootball says: Feb 2, 2012 6:04 PM

    Bye Ruskell, do you need help packing? I hear Angelo is available to help.

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