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Monday, January 30, 2012
Phil Emery Era starts without Tim Ruskell

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

When the Chicago Bears fired general manager Jerry Angelo, one of the first questions we raised was about the future of his right-hand man. Would director of player personnel Tim Ruskell be promoted or follow Angelo out the door?

It appears we have an answer on the first business day since the Bears hired Phil Emery to replace Angelo. Ruskell and the team have agreed to part ways, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.

Ruskell's departure is an entirely expected turn of events after the Bears passed over him for the job. But it will leave Emery to make some quick adjustments to the team's front-office structure in preparation for free agency in March and the draft in April.

Ruskell arrived as part of a 2010 front-office reorganization that dissolved the traditional jobs of pro and college scouting directors. Ruskell headed up both departments, so Emery will need either to hire a replacement in that role or resurrect the director jobs to provide structure between the team's scouts and himself.

Emery is scheduled to be introduced at a 3 p.m. ET news conference. We'll let you know if he sheds any light on that issue, as well as other topics on his checklist.