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Phil Emery Considered Frontrunner For Chicago Bears G.M. Opening, According To Source

Phil Emery's stock as a candidate to become the next general manger of the Chicago Bears is gaining a boost thanks to the Chicago Tribune, who chronicled the accolades and career path of the Kansas City Chiefs director of college scouting. The Tribune also implies that Emery is very much the frontrunner:

The team has no plans to interview other candidates. It is possible, however, the Bears will bring back one or more of the five for subsequent interviews. Some observers believe Emery may be the favorite.

"He's one of the hardest workers I've ever been around," Chiefs general manger Scott Pioli said. "I can't overemphasize the hard working part. He's outstanding at his job. Detailed, meticulous, organized."

As Tribune reporter Dan Pompei notes, Emery is part of an extended tree of front office executives and scouts that started under Bill Belichick's staff in New England. As chronicled in the book "War Room" by Michael Holley, Emery was a part of the Atlanta Falcons scouting staff, and was recommended to Pioli by friend and former Patriots co-worker Thomas Dimitroff, Emery's boss in Atlanta.

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