Emery's work begins as season ends

Emery's work begins as season ends
December 31, 2012, 5:05 am
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As the Bears' season came to a close following the Vikings' 37-34 win over the Packers, general manager Phil Emery's busiest part of the season had just begun.
With free agency and early preparation for the NFL Draft on the horizon of the Bears' offseason, Emery and his group of scouts and fellow front office personnel will attempt to address Chicago's weaknesses from 2012 and improve on them
"You're looking to see the guys that have that sudden dynamic athletic quality to change games, change momentum," Emery told Jeff Joniak on WBBM News Radio 780 before today's game, "and do it from their play and the type of person they are."
A season's worth of scouting collegiate athletes both live and on film, the Bears' scouts will soon meet with Emery to discuss their findings and where they believe a certain player can help the team.
"For me it's a very good period of time because it allows me to spend time with our scouts. It serves so many purposes; the December meeting for us in our system is extremely important," Emery said."It's a time that we pull all the information together and give each individual scout their opportunity to talk about the best players in their area at positions."
Emery and his staff will look for the best players through an array of tests to sort talent out, but the main factor will be comparing said players to current Bears.
"We work through the board, we work through each and every play at a certain grade level and above and how they can help the Bears," he said. "And the key part of our meeting and the way we structure it is every player is judged on one thing: Is he better or worse than the player that we have at his position, at the level that we grade the player?
"So is a starting corner better or worse than Charles Tillman? Is a starting defensive tackle better or worse than Henry Melton? So everyone is judged with that standard.And a scout has to stand up and have valid reasons based on his evaluation to make that decision, to talk through why that person is better or worse for the Bears. You always want to go into draft day feeling like you're drafting guys who make you better," he added.