3:46 PM CST, January 30, 2012
Phil Emery’s honeymoon period beganwith a lot of talk about, well, talk.
The Bears’ new general manager talked about processes and talked about moving forward. I’m all for the moving forward stuff. Moving forward is what the Bears need.
Who knows if Emery will be good at this, but you can see why team president Ted Phillips made the choice. Emery emphasized moving forward in the draft. He wants home-grown players. Every decision, it seemed, would be balanced against what the draft has to offer.
Emery said he plans to change the way the Bears evaluate players, but only after this draft because translating the existing metrics at this point would be foolhardy. Emery also said he plans to hold everyone in Halas Hall accountable to a standard based on expertise, or some such thing.
For what it’s worth, Emery said he has authority over coach Lovie Smith. Asterisk: just not now. Emery also said that’s not where his head is.
Good thing, because he can’t do anything about it. If you believe what he says, Emery is concentrating on the biggest area he can make better: evaluating and bringing in better talent.
Emery talked around who has the final call on drafting and signing that talent before finally saying it’ll come down to him and Smith. Funny, but that sounds like a GM’s call.
It also sounds like the same organization that staged a news conference to call for change and then kept the status quo.
Emery, who asked and answered questions like Jerry Angelo, came off measured. If you thought he came off dynamic, then you’ve been watching Smith’s NyQuil commercials. But it doesn’t matter if that translates into a better organization.
Somewhere in all his talk sounded like the threat of a plan he intends to enact. We’ll see if the politics at Halas Hall allow for that.
If you wanted Emery to sound as if he was the guy in charge, forget it. He talked as if he had a lot of power, but didn’t talk like a guy willing to wield it. Perhaps he can’t wield it because he doesn’t actually have it, except in loose talk.
If you wanted Emery to lay out his view of the existing talent and the roster needs, forget that, too. It didn’t happen, and it won’t. Emery said talking about such plans costs the Bears a competitive advantage.
But hey, at least he believes the Bears have a competitive advantage.
Whatever, now he can stop talking and start finding a left tackle, pass rusher, big wide receiver, cornerback and safety.
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