May 23, 2012; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery in attendance during organized team activities at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE
Phil Emery established his World Class Wrecking Crew.
No, not the wide receiving corp, which is hopefully a force to be reckoned with. The Chicago Bears announced some of their long-awaited Player Personnel moves today, and those moves point to a continued interest in promoting from within.
Not content with moving the defensive line coach to defensive coordinator, or moving the offensive line coach to offensive coordinator, the Bears promoted longtime area scouts Marty Barrett and Chris Ballard to directors of college and pro scouting, respectively.
Here's a fun tidbit from the linked article:
The Bears had been operating without pro and college scouting directors for more than two years.
Yes, Emery has saved the Bears from the Ruskpocalypse, and divided the player personnel directors into two positions, according each the opportunity to focus on areas
One thing of note is that the Bears have apparently been pretty high on Ballard for some time, as he has been the Southwest area scout for a number of years, a region that may include players who have played for a place like the University of New Mexico, for example. (Unfortunately, that also probably includes Abilene, Texas)
Additionally, four scouts earned themselves promotions, and hired some new ones to fill in those slots.
So what does this mean for the Bears? Good things, I think. They seem to have been able to weed through and figure out which individuals were part of Angelo's successes, and which were part of the failures. It's been said before that Angelo could sometimes fixate on a guy, preferring to draft based on their floors rather than their ceilings. These moves, coupled with the draft and free agency, suggest that Emery is molding a personnel office that is going to be hard-nosed and demanding on players to get the best out of them, instead of just the least they can do.
The detriment, though, is that it's easy to fall into the "same old, same old category." It's not hard to say, "Well, if these are all the guys who worked for Jerry, and Jerry's drafts almost unilaterally sucked, why will it get better?" To that I can only say, the jockey directs the horse, but the horse doesn't necessarily want to go there.