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Falcons adding former Bears GM Emery to personnel staff

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The Falcons are adding former Bears general manager Phil Emery to their personnel department, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported Tuesday.

Emery, 57, was the general manager of the Bears from 2012-14. He was previously with the Falcons as director of college scouting from 2004-08. He left the Falcons after the 2009 draft, the second under general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

Dimitroff got a public vote of confidence from Falcons owner Arthur Blank earlier this month, but the team announced it would make changes to the personnel department. The Falcons parted ways with former director of player personnel Lionel Vital on Jan. 17.

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19 Responses to “Falcons adding former Bears GM Emery to personnel staff”
  1. Indybear says: Jan 26, 2016 1:34 PM

    Well, if the Falcons give this clown any decision making power, then you can strike them off the potential contender list. While my Bears have always had questionable GM’s at Halas Hall, Emery was by far the worst of them all. Not only is he a lousy judge of talent, he constructs ridiculous contracts. I’m surprised he found a job. Anywhere.

  2. kevbronson says: Jan 26, 2016 1:43 PM

    Have fun with that

  3. spiffybiff says: Jan 26, 2016 1:49 PM


    If memory serves he was demoted in Atlanta or maybe it was Kansas City

  4. iamhydrogen says: Jan 26, 2016 1:49 PM


  5. tmcb7 says: Jan 26, 2016 1:49 PM

    This makes the 4th GM on the payroll for the Falcons… and not a one of them is worth a damn.
    Memo to Arthur Blank, find one GM that knows what he’s doing please. You know what “to many chiefs…” get’s you? Answer: exactly what you have now.

  6. citizenstrange says: Jan 26, 2016 1:55 PM

    Quite the success story. I saw that Phil “I drafted Brady Quinn on my way to plowing the Browns underground for the next 10 years” Savage is out there giving advice on which college quarterbacks are good.

    Give the Rooney Rule a chance with any hire. There has to be lots and lots of minority hires out there who can and will do a better job than another Good Ol’ Boy Club retread.

  7. ilikethefalcons says: Jan 26, 2016 1:59 PM

    We just hired Ruston Webster. That’s 5 GMs (former and current) on this staff….

    Falcons: Fans Always Left Counting On Next Season

  8. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Jan 26, 2016 1:59 PM

    Hell, why not get the whole crew back together again?

    Maybe Dimitroff can hire Trestman and give Jay Cutler, Martellus Bennett and Brandon Marshall about 80 million combined and declare themselves “all in” for 2016….oh wait… nevermind.😉

  9. ninjapleazee says: Jan 26, 2016 2:07 PM

    Marc Tresman Falcons Head Coach in 2017. QB whisperer.

  10. bassplucker says: Jan 26, 2016 2:26 PM

    Hahahahahahahaha. He’s awful at drafting, even worse at FA evaluations and a certifiable weirdo to boot. If you want a guy who can set your team back 7 years in 3, he’s your man.

    – Bears fan

  11. purpleguy says: Jan 26, 2016 2:42 PM

    Bears, Falcons, whatever — I could never get past staring at those dang ears. . . . .

  12. billmiller1991 says: Jan 26, 2016 2:53 PM

    Emery was a journeyman regional scout before getting hired as the Bears GM. Once again, the Bears tried to find a diamond in the rough… and found a regular rock instead. In fairness they had some decent picks under Emery, including Will Sutton and Ego Ferguson who both made strides last season. Kadeem Carey looks like a good rotation back. Alshon, Marquess Wilson. I think David Fales will be a good backup, and who knows, maybe replace Cutler at some point. The trade for Brandon Marshall… there’s a lot of argument that they got good value from him. And you have to give him credit for Lamaar Houston and Willie Young, who played really well for Fox last year. But waaay too many bad wiffs in the draft, notably Shea McLellin. And he hired Marc Trestman instead of Bruce Ariens. Game over.

  13. sloppychimps says: Jan 26, 2016 3:08 PM

    Oh, ok. Now it all makes sense why the Falcons made Raheem Morris the new WR coach.

  14. bbear44 says: Jan 26, 2016 3:29 PM

    If you are going to slam his bad picks you cannot overlook Kyle Long. He took a lot of criticism for that “reach” at the time of the draft…

    Long was great pick and redemption after Angelo’s crapfest of Chris Williams and Gabe Carimi…

  15. bbear44 says: Jan 26, 2016 3:33 PM

    While I am at it, we slam the Mclellin pick (it wasn’t a good pick there)… but he did hit on Alshon in the next round…

    Emery was not terrible with players in comparison to other GM’s…

    He did make a bad mistake with Trestman. Whe a HEad Coach delivers all his speeches (including locker room speeches) off of cue cards… that is a sign he may not have strong leadership skills – does not inspire confidence.

  16. dapollock69 says: Jan 26, 2016 5:06 PM

    Based on the pic, I thought they hired Stephen Hawking to one up the Browns.

  17. slick50ks says: Jan 26, 2016 5:35 PM

    Looks like Pioli is trying to get the gang back together.

    That went fabulously last time around.

    The Falcons are infested with the Pats taint. That’s not a good thing at all!

  18. canadapackers says: Jan 26, 2016 11:46 PM

    Happy for Atlanta – get the guy who got rid of Lovies best assistant – Rivera and sent their only tight end – Olson packing to Carolina.

  19. Florio Believer says: Jan 27, 2016 10:49 AM

    Hey Canada Packers, that would be good ole Jerry Angelo, not Emery.

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