Bears to bring back two GM candidates

Updated: January 23, 2012, 9:04 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

The Chicago Bears will conduct a second round of interviews this week with two candidates for general manager, the team announced.

Kansas City Chiefs director of college scouting Phil Emery and New England Patriots director of pro personnel Jason Licht will return for second interviews.

The Bears denied multiple reports on Monday that a decision has been made to hire Emery as GM.

"A decision has not been made," a team source said Monday afternoon.

Emery, however, is believed to be a strong candidate for the job, given his previous role as an area scout for the Bears from 1998-2004, plus a solid overall college scouting background.

In addition to Emery and Licht, the Bears last week interviewed New York Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross, San Diego Chargers director of player personnel Jimmy Raye and current Bears director of player personnel Tim Ruskell.

The Bears generally move at their own pace when making an important organizational decision. Phillips even hinted on Jan. 3, the day former Bears general manager Jerry Angelo got fired after 11 seasons, that the search process could possibly extend into February, if necessary.

Meanwhile, the Bears say offensive coordinator Mike Tice will not interview for Oakland's coaching job after the Raiders "moved forward with the second phase of their interview process."

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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