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Could change in Atlanta include former Bears GM Phil Emery?

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer

The Atlanta Falcons decision to part ways with director of player personnel Lionel Vital this weekend was part of the shakeup owner Arthur Blank cited in a statement announcing he would retain general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

Could the next move involve the hiring of former Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery to fill a role? It certainly seems like a possibility based on Emery's mysterious presence throughout this past season.

Emery, who was fired by the Bears following the 2014 campaign, made at least two cameo appearances with the Falcons in 2015. He walked off the field alongside the players and coaches after an Aug. 13 practice. Emery also attended at least one Falcons home game, taking notes while sitting in the front row of the press box, just a few seats away from ESPN.com.

Though it wasn't evident then, Emery could have been auditioning for a position. He was the Falcons' director of college scouting from 2004-2008 and discovered all-time leading receiver Roddy White at UAB. He held the same role with Kansas City from 2009-2011 under then-Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli, who is now the Falcons' assistant general manager. During those years, the Chiefs found safety Eric Berry and pass-rusher Justin Houston.

But if Emery reunites with Pioli and Dimitroff in Atlanta, there will be criticism based on Emery's track record with the Bears. In three seasons as the Bears general manager, his decisions included the firing of Lovie Smith after a 10-6 season, the parting of ways with the face of the franchise, Brian Urlacher, the hiring of Marc Trestman as head coach over Bruce Arians, and the signing of quarterback Jay Cutler to a lucrative contract. Both Emery and Trestman were fired after a 5-11 showing in '14.

Emery struggled to build the defense in Chicago, and his first draft selection was defensive end Shea McClellin of Boise State, who was a major disappointment as a pass-rusher and was moved to inside linebacker. His best moves with the Bears were the drafting of wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and offensive lineman Kyle Long.

We'll see how everything unfolds as the Falcons attempt to get it right with free agency and the draft coming off an 8-8 season. But again, is seems like Emery, who turned 57 on Saturday, appeared to hover around the franchise for a reason.

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Falcons collecting fired GMs.

Scott Pioli

Billy Devaney

Why not add Phil Emery?

Other than Pioli these guys all worked for the Falcons under McKay and Dimitroff.

Of course that list also includes Sneed in LA and Caldwell in Jax.

If hiring Emery means we can get back to our pre 2008 selecting of linebackers and linemen I'm all for it.

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Will likely get flamed, but what about investigating the top college recruiting personnel. I know it's much different with the influence of a top head coach; campus visitation experience, etc, but there are just so many scholarships available to a given university so there has to be talent evaluation and who better than personnel who know the 4 and 5 star college players? Also a difference between college and pro, but college staff see their best guys daily and have intangible as well as athletic information which can be helpful.

Hard to believe that the top recruiting scout for Univ. of Alabama, Clemson, Fla. State, to name a few, would not be helpful on a pro personnel staff.

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The negative things posted about this Emery fella were all GM based decisions, not director of pro scouting.

Remember his skills as a director of pro scouting is what got him a GM job in the 1st place. Is it possible that he's just not fit for the GM position but going back to his Director days may be the ticket?

Idk enough about him but just wanted to point that out.

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The negative things posted about this Emery fella were all GM based decisions, not director of pro scouting.

Remember his skills as a director of pro scouting is what got him a GM job in the 1st place. Is it possible that he's just not fit for the GM position but going back to his Director days may be the ticket?

Idk enough about him but just wanted to point that out.

I dont really know much about him but that could be true. The same can be said about Piolli - he didnt seem cut out to be a GM but is a decent scout.

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The negative things posted about this Emery fella were all GM based decisions, not director of pro scouting.

Remember his skills as a director of pro scouting is what got him a GM job in the 1st place. Is it possible that he's just not fit for the GM position but going back to his Director days may be the ticket?

Idk enough about him but just wanted to point that out.

I dont really know much about him but that could be true. The same can be said about Piolli - he didnt seem cut out to be a GM but is a decent scout.

Whether by pure accident or design, maybe Blank has stumbled upon a formula for bolstering the scouting department ~ get guys who really showed a talent for scouting before moving up the ladder. Maybe this will become one of the top scouting departments in the NFL with these guys. Things have improved since Pioli came in.

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From an article:

"Emery has been widely criticized for many of the moves he made in three years on the job; beginning with firing Lovie Smith (the third winningest coach in franchise history) and subsequently hiring Marc Trestman over reigning NFL Coach of the Year Bruce Arians.

Under Emery, the Bears waived goodbye to middle linebacker Brian Urlacher following the 2012 season, an extremely unpopular move inside the locker room. Emery drafted 20 players between 2012 and 2014, but only 12 remain on the roster after former fourth-round pick Brock Vereen was waived on Tuesday.

However, Emery is the man responsible for drafting Pro Bowlers Alshon Jeffery and Kyle Long. He also orchestrated a deal with the Miami Dolphins that netted the Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Marshall set a franchise record with 118 receptions and 1,508 receiving yards in 2012. The Bears traded Marshall to the New York Jets in the offseason."

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago-bears/post/_/id/4700178/ex-bears-dl-israel-idonije-pokes-fun-at-former-gm-phil-emery-on-twitter

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Well, they typically became GMs by doing something else very well. So as long as they are brought here to do what they did well prior to becoming a GM, I'm all for it.

I understand the sentiments but these guys(Devaney & Emery) are not coming here to be area scouts. You reach the point of diminishing returns with that many chiefs in the room. It just looks like they are throwing money at ghe problem.

Hopefully it works out.

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I understand the sentiments but these guys(Devaney & Emery) are not coming here to be area scouts. You reach the point of diminishing returns with that many chiefs in the room. It just looks like they are throwing money at ghe problem.

Hopefully it works out.

Blank loves guhment style bureaucracy. Can't have enough suits around.

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