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Bears GM Emery Says Decision To Fire Smith Was His; Touts Transparency In Search
Published January 3, 2013
GETTING REAL: In Chicago, David Haugh wrote Emery on Tuesday "gave the Bears every reason to believe that [a] positive result was likely after a virtuoso performance on the podium." In a "thoughtful 54-minute session with reporters, Emery used refreshing honesty and rare transparency to instill the kind of confidence in a job search we are not used to seeing." At "long last, the Bears projected the image of an NFL franchise that knows what it wants and, of more importance, how to get it." The only "odd moment ... came when a slightly defensive Emery explained in laborious detail his thought process about fixing the offensive line last offseason." But other than the "tangent taking fans on a fascinating tour inside the mind of a football geek, Emery stayed on point well enough to wonder why the Bears rarely make him accessible" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 1/2). ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert wrote Emery gave "one of the most expansive and content-rich pressers in recent memory" (ESPN.com, 1/1).