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Improving the bottom line

Bears take risk with Brandon Marshall, but winning trumps character issues

Updated: March 15, 2012, 6:45 PM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

Phil Emery's storied career in football has been well documented since he escaped public obscurity to take on the public job of general manager of the Chicago Bears.

I've read so many anecdotes about his salad days coaching at the Naval Academy, I assumed he was the Adm. Chester Nimitz of former strength coaches.

But throughout his scouting-based NFL career, Emery has never really had to make a big decision. Bringing in Brandon Marshall was his first. And it's a big one.

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