Second interviews for the two remaining candidates for general manager were concluding on Friday. The prevailing assumption is that the choice between former Bears scout Phil Emery, currently the director of college scouting for the Kansas City Chiefs, and New England Patriots college scouting director Jason Licht will come down formally after a weekend of discussions and deliberations.
The GM is a direct report to president Ted Phillips, who personally spearheaded the search for a second general manager during his tenure. The screening process involved coach Lovie Smith, who will remain in place for 2012; Scott Hagel, senior director of corporate communications; and Cliff Stein, the Bears de facto chief financial officer.
The decision now will run through chairman George McCaskey as well, based on his description of the Halas hierarchy.
Ownership is involved in three key hires: president, general manager, head coach, at different levels, McCaskey said.
Both Emery and Licht have familiarity with the Patriots manner of operations. Licht is in his second stint in New England and Emery worked with several individuals key in the building of the Bill Belichick regime.