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Friday, January 27, 2012
Phil Emery talks with Bears again

By Jeff Dickerson
ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears conducted the final interview in their search for a new general manager when they hosted Kansas City Chiefs director of college scouting Phil Emery for a second time Friday.

Emery, one of two finalists for the job, had his first interview with the Bears Jan. 20.

The other finalist, New England Patriots director of pro personnel Jason Licht, was brought back for a second interview Thursday.

There are no other known candidates.

Emery is considered a strong candidate due to his lengthy background in college scouting, plus a previous stint with the Bears as an area scout from 1998 to 2004.

Emery has a good feel for the Bears' current stable of college scouts, and he worked for one season with Bears director of player personnel Tim Ruskell while the two were in Atlanta.

After Emery left the Bears in 2004, he was hired as the Atlanta Falcons' director of college scouting, a position he held for five seasons (2004-08). In that span, the Falcons drafted such notable players as quarterback Matt Ryan, guard Justin Blalock, wide receiver Roddy White and wide receiver Laurent Robinson.

Emery has been in Kansas City the past three seasons, and in 2010, the Chiefs used the No. 5 overall selection to take safety Eric Berry, who became the first Kansas City rookie to be named to the Pro Bowl since Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Thomas in 1989.

Emery is known in the NFL scouting community as an extremely hard worker with good people skills. He was also the director of strength and conditioning services for Navy from 1991 to 1998.

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.