Did I read this correctly...???
MOBILE, Ala. — The Bears whittled their list of five general-manager candidates to two, and they’ll conduct a second round of interviews with Phil Emery of the Kansas City Chiefs and Jason Licht of the New England Patriots later this week at Halas Hall.
Eliminated from contention were Marc Ross of the New York Giants, Jimmy Raye of the San Diego Chargers and Tim Ruskell, the Bears’ director of player personnel.
The Bears were free to interview Emery at any time. But they needed written permission from the Patriots to interview Licht again because New England will play in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5 against the Giants in Indianapolis.
Ruskell’s elimination puts him in a compromising position. It’s believed he still has at least another year on his contract, but now he’s at the mercy of Licht or Emery.
And they might go a more traditional route, hiring a college and a pro director instead of one to oversee both. Ruskell was hired by former Bears general manager Jerry Angelo in April 2010.
In the second round of interviews, the Bears will have to flesh out each man’s plans.
For instance, given his familiarity with the Bears and some of the scouts on the staff, Emery might not be as inclined to make massive changes to a scouting department that is fairly well respected.
Licht, meanwhile, could insist on an overhaul, implementing new scouts and systems he picked up while in Philadelphia, Arizona and New England.
RESPECTED...?!? By whom...LOL...!!! Looks like somebody is on the Bears payroll...!!!