The next step for Bears, Emery

January, 30, 2012
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Phil Emery certainly looks the part.

Of a scout, I mean. A football lifer. A well-tanned man’s man who also knows the isolation of a video room.

"Football is all in the tape," said Emery, the new general manager of the Chicago Bears, at his introductory press conference at Halas Hall on Monday.

Like I said, he looks like a scout, and he sounds like one too.

I’d grade his tan a solid 6.7, for instance. He hangs his glasses around his neck, like a wise old soul, all the better for easy access at a pro day. I bet his thumb is stuck in the stopwatch position. He spoke mostly in football generalities, teamwork, being a teammate, all the cliches one could expect.

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Jon Greenberg

Jon Greenberg is a columnist for He has lived and worked in Chicago since 2003, and is a graduate of Ohio University and the University of Chicago.



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