Before Phil Emery got to work gutting the Bears' defensive line in free agency, he and Mel Tucker brought in some experienced coaching specialists.
Before eventually signing the more experienced Jimmy Clausen to compete with Jordan Palmer and the even-less-experienced (and now-departed) Jerrod Johnson, there was a legitimate case for General
Before Major Wright and Chris Conte held down the safety spots the past two seasons, those two starting positions had been a revolving door for more than a decade.
General manager Phil Emery stocked the defensive pipeline with youth over his first three drafts with three linebackers, two defensive tackles, a cornerback and two safeties within the first four
When the Bears’ selection in the sixth round of the 1998 draft was announced — Pat Mannelly, guard, Duke — it barely caused a ripple after the likes of Curtis Enis, Olin Kreutz and Tony Parrish ha