Front Office

Phil Emery
General Manager
Phil Emery brings leadership, a passion for winning, hard work, attention to detail and an acute eye for evaluating talent through over 30 years of football experience into his new position as Chicago Bears General Manager.

An intricate part of the Bears (1998-2004), Atlanta Falcons (2004-08) and Kansas City Chiefs (2009-11) organizations over the last 14 seasons within their college scouting departments, Emery has helped develop a successful foundation at each franchise, learning to balance team needs with a "raise our own" mantra emphasizing building through the draft while working all avenues of player acquisition.
Phil Emery brings leadership, a passion for winning, hard work, attention to detail and an acute eye for evaluating talent through over 30 years of football experience into his new position as Chicago Bears General Manager.

An intricate part of the Bears (1998-2004), Atlanta Falcons (2004-08) and Kansas City Chiefs (2009-11) organizations over the last 14 seasons within their college scouting departments, Emery has helped develop a successful foundation at each franchise, learning to balance team needs with a "raise our own" mantra emphasizing building through the draft while working all avenues of player acquisition.

In his first season overseeing Chicago's roster, Emery used multiple channels at his disposal to obtain new talent while keeping the veteran core of the Bears in place. Emery acquired three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall via trade and signed unrestricted free agents RB Michael Bush, QB Jason Campbell, LB Blake Costanzo, CB Kelvin Hayden, LB Geno Hayes, G Chilo Rachal, WR Devin Thomas, WR/KR Eric Weems and CB Jonathan Wilhite. He also continued the Bears philosophy of "rewarding their own" by extending the contract of seven-time Pro Bowler Lance Briggs while resigning RB Kahlil Bell, TE Kellen Davis, DL Israel Idonije, QB Josh McCown and S Craig Steltz.

In his first draft, Emery selected players with the speed and skill sets to fit all three phases of the team.

In his previous post, Emery was named director of college scouting for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009, a year after the franchise went 2-14. Two years later in 2010, the Chiefs won their first division title since 2003 with a 10-6 record. Emery's first draft with the team produced Eric Berry, who was the team's first rookie Pro Bowl selection since Derrick Thomas in 1989.

From 2004-08, Emery served as the director of college scouting for the Atlanta Falcons. During that time, two of the three Falcons first round draft picks developed into Pro Bowlers: WR Roddy White (2005) and QB Matt Ryan (2008). He also worked as an Eastern regional scout for the Falcons leading up to the 2009 draft. The Falcons made two trips to the playoffs during that time including an appearance in the 2004 NFC Championship game.

This will be Emery's second stint with the Bears after working as an area scout for the franchise from 1998-2004, working in the Northeast (1998-99) and Southeast (1999-2004) regions. During that time the Bears drafted Pro Bowlers WR Marty Booker (third round of 1999), KR Jerry Azumah (fifth round of 1999), LB Brian Urlacher (first round of 2000), S Mike Brown (second round of 2000), CB Charles Tillman (second round of 2003), LB Lance Briggs (third round of 2003), DT Tommie Harris (first round of 2004) and CB Nathan Vasher (fourth round of 2004). Chicago won the NFC Central in 2001, its first division title since 1990 and first playoff appearance since 1994.

The fifth general manager in franchise history, joining George S. Halas, Jr. (1963-74), Jim Finks (1974-83), Jerome Vainisi (1983- 87) and Jerry Angelo (2001-11), Emery will oversee the Bears football operations stressing a standard of expertise and excellence in every role. With a belief in developing a trust in giving a voice to all members of the football operations staff, Emery has promoted longtime staff members Chris Hanks and Bobby Slater.

The Michigan native is a 31-year football veteran, starting his career serving as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Wayne State, before joining Central Michigan as a graduate assistant (1981-82). He went on to become the offensive line/ strength and conditioning coach at Western New Mexico for three seasons (1982-84) before becoming a defensive line coach at Georgetown College from 1984-85. Emery went on to serve as the defensive line and strength and conditioning coach at Saginaw Valley State from 1985-87 before joining Tennessee as the Volunteers assistant strength and conditioning coach from 1987-91. His tenure at Tennessee was highlighted by back-to-back Southeastern Conference Championships in 1989 and 1990. He made his last collegiate stop as the director of strength and conditioning services and as an Associate Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy (1991-98), where the Midshipmen won the Aloha Bowl in 1996. He was named the National Strength and Conditioning Association Conference Professional of the Year in 1996.

Emery and his wife, Beth, have three daughters, Kristine, Leigh Anne and April.