What does Emery discuss with head coach candidates?

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What does Emery discuss with head coach candidates?

So I've been asked a lot about why Phil Emery is interviewing so many different coaches for the Bears vacant head-coaching position.
The purpose of talking with so many guys is to simply learn as much as possible. Whether it be offensive systems, philosophies or even to learn about other assistant coaches, there is a method to the madness.
Head coaching interviews are as detailed or more than any job in sports.
Some key topics that are always discussed include systems style on both offense and defense. Since most of the coaches being interviewed by the Bears are offensive guys, they may lay out a good chunk of what they do in terms of utilizing personnel and overall system. Some coaches will have an entire PowerPoint presentation.
One thing every prospective head coach brings to an interview is a long list of potential assistants he would pursue to join his staff. He may include dozens of guys since many may be under contract and unable to leave current jobs. The list is dissected by the general manager and there even may be coaches the general manager may say he won't accept for various reasons. This is also a way general managers learn who the highly respected assistant coaches are by seeing the same names pop up on different lists of prospective head coaches.
Other topics sure to be open for discussion include: How do they practice, meet and discipline players? Often times a coach interviewing will have an entire mock practice schedule for the season. Responsibilities of the assistants, does the head coach play the role of the CEO and allow his coordinators to run their sides of the ball, or is the coach going to be a play-caller and over see his expertise?
The size of the staff is also a hot topic. Can the head coach have assistants to assistants which many teams do nowadays, such as an assistant defensive backs coach or offensive assistant, which are not quality control jobs? How many video people are on staff? What about the size of the training staff and other support people? Salaries of assistants has become more important. Many teams pay their coordinators at or near the 1 million mark and top assistants around 500 thousand.
In the Bears' case, the subject of Jay Cutler will no doubt be debated. If the head coach isn't sold on Cutler after a year he may want to know if he's tied to him for the long haul. The new coach may want to draft a young quarterback or look on the market for a possible future replacement. Despite being considered a franchise quarterback, any good coach will see the number of coordinators he's had and also look at his production.
The new head coach will certainly want to have some say on personnel even though Emery will have the final say. No coach wants to feel helpless when it comes to the players he's given.
I could go on and on, but that's just a small amount of what takes place during a head coaching interview. The more people Phil Emery talks to, the more information he gains, which helps him to make an informed decision.
It's a much better formula than picking one guy and saying, "That's my guy..."

Cubs release Munenori Kawasaki and keep the door open for his return

Cubs release Munenori Kawasaki and keep the door open for his return

MESA, Ariz. – The Cubs released Munenori Kawasaki on Tuesday, allowing the popular, high-energy Japanese infielder to see what's out there while still keeping the door open for his return.

The timing would also allow the Cubs to avoid paying the $100,000 retention bonus to Kawasaki, who's played parts of five big-league seasons with the Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays and last year's World Series team.

"Hopefully, we get a chance to sign him back," manager Joe Maddon said at the Sloan Park complex. "A guy like him needs to take advantage of how well he's playing and possibly see if there's a chance to get a major-league job."

With that move, the Cubs cut the roster to 30 players on their second-to-last day in the Cactus League this spring. Between Addison Russell, Ben Zobrist and Javier Baez – and prospects like Ian Happ and Chesny Young – the Cubs would appear to be covered up the middle for now. 

"You can never have enough middle infielders," Maddon said. "I'd love to have him, no question. Hopefully, he's going to be back. Again, this is one of those things where the word 'release' is a very harsh word, but I think it can be rectified possibly. I hope he comes back to us."

Kristin Cavallari shows off her favorite NFL tight end: A nude Jay Cutler

Kristin Cavallari shows off her favorite NFL tight end: A nude Jay Cutler

Kristin Cavallari continues to chronicle husband Jay Cutler's life as a free agent in the most epic way possible.

With a revealing Instagram photo Tuesday morning, she may have hinted at a position change for the former Bears QB...to tight end! (Get it?)

For the NSFW version, head to KCavs' Instagram page.

Smokin' Jay takes on a whole new meaning now.

It's still apparent Jay Cutler just "DOON'T CAAAREE."

There are so many Bears jokes and puns to be made here:

Bare Down. 

Once a bare, always a bare?

Bare at heart?

Looks like he's in some bare weather.

We know who KCavs' tight end sleeper is in fantasy football this year. No ifs ands or butts about it.

Ummm...

OK I'm out.