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Chicago Bears GM Search: Former Falcons' Scout Viewed As Favorite

Current Kansas City Chiefs and former Atlanta Falcons Director of College Scouting Phil Emery is viewed as the leading candidate to assume the vacant GM position for the Chicago Bears, according to multiple reports.

Emery worked for six seasons in Atlanta, the first five as the Director of College Scouting. Upon the arrival of GM Thomas Dimitroff, Emery was re-assigned as a regional scout for one year, before being named the Director of College Scouting for the Chiefs under Scott Pioli.

The opening in Chicago was created when longtime GM Jerry Angelo was fired shortly after the conclusion of Chicago's 8-8 season. The Bears faced a rash of injuries in the season's second half, including ailments to QB Jay Cutler and star RB Matt Forte that landed them on injured reserve.

Emery is one of five reported candidates who have been interviewed for the position, and it is believed that a decision will be made in the near future, with Emery seen as the favorite to land the job.

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