A decision is expected this week on a new Bears general manager, with former Bears scout and current Kansas City Chiefs director of college scouting Phil Emery considered a slight favorite, one NFL source told CSNChicago.com on Monday.
Sources also said Bears player personnel director Tim Ruskell, with his solid relationship with coach Lovie Smith, had a strong interview with President Ted Phillips on Thursday and is considered the most qualified of the five candidates.
But the abrupt move of firing Jerry Angelo indicated a desire on the part of the organization to make a very visible statement of going in a new direction. Ruskell, hired by Angelo in 2010, is unlikely to underscore that statement in the arena of public opinion.
However, one source said that since it is all but assured that Smith will not survive another season of missing the playoffs, one plan could be to leave Ruskell in place for the year, with Smith.
If matters improve, Smith has one more year on his contract. If matters do not improve, then start over with a new front office and coaching staff.
Expectations for the Bears this season have been understandably low, but that's not to say there's no talent on John Fox's roster.
The Chicago Tribune's Dan Wiederer dropped by the CSN studio to rank the top five players suiting up this year:
5. Prince Amukamara, CB
Wiederer's take: Terrific offseason, high hopes on what he can bring to secondary.
4. Josh Sitton, OL
Wiederer's take: Proven and understands exactly what it takes to win in this league.
3. Akiem Hicks, DE
Wiederer's take: Defensive MVP a season ago, durable.
2. Leonard Floyd, OLB
Wiederer's take: Had a very strong camp, could be a breakout year if he can stay healthy.
1. Jordan Howard, RB
Wiederer's take: Had a huge rookie campaign, gotta be at the top of the list.
Watch the video above to see the Bears beat reporter's full analysis.
On this episode of Bears Talk Podcast, Vinnie Duber and JJ Stankevitz discuss the performances of quarterbacks Mike Glennon and Mitch Turbisky in the Bears’ first preseason game and what each guy faces moving forward. Plus, JJ talks with Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic about the best of Bears training camp. And Vinnie and JJ takes a look ahead to the Bears’ second preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.