Count Scott Pioli as one former NFL executive who thinks Phil Emery is the right man for the Chicago Bears.
Pioli was fired as Kansas City's general manager this offseason after four years at the helm. Before that, he worked in the Patriots' organization from 2000-2008, holding a handful of front office positions that helped build New England's three Super Bowl teams. Since his termination, he is now helping out with various media outlets breaking down the 2013 NFL Draft Combine. His former team has the first overall pick in April's draft.
But Pioli had nothing but positives to say about the Bears' general manager in his exclusive interview with CSN Chicago's Jim Miller. Pioli was introduced to Emery by Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, where Emery acted as the scouting director from 2004-2008. Pioli then hired Emery, where Emery become the scouting director before the Bears hired him.
"I brought him in because of the guy he was and he did an incredible job," Pioli told Miller. "He was incredibly thorough, hard-working, detailed. The Bears and the city of Chicago are really lucky to have a guy like Phil."
Pioli thinks Emery will be successful at scouting talent in players -- like he did for years with the Falcons and Chiefs -- but that his background there has helped him scout talent in coaching, citing his decision to hire Marc Trestman after Lovie Smith was fired.
"He knows about research, finding people," Pioli said. "It's not about getting the first guy, it's about getting the right guy. What he did is, he went through the entire process, he was very thoughtful, and he came up with the guy that he thought was the right fit. Not only for himself but for the Bears, for the organization and, hopefully, for the roster they have right now."
Pioli thinks Emery can, will succeed
CSN Chicago | Feb 25