Phil Emery

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Before Phil Emery got to work gutting the Bears' defensive line in free agency, he and Mel Tucker brought in some experienced coaching specialists.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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