(WSCR) As the Bears searched for a new GM, they employed an interview team consisting of chairman George McCaskey, president Ted Phillips, salary cap expert Cliff Stein and senior director of corporate communications, Scott Hagel.
Hagel joined The Boers and Bernstein Show on Tuesday to discuss the decision to hired Phil Emery as the club’s fifth general manager.
Hagel said Emery’s unique style is what set him apart from the other candidates.
“That’s what made Phil really stand out, that he wasn’t someone who was just, ‘OK, I’m bringing the Patriot system,’ or ‘I’m bringing the Kansas City system to the Bears and we’re going to plug this system in and this is how we’re going to run the team,'” Hagel said. “You could see that he took pieces from all his stops in his career that have molded him into the person that he is today. He had a very logical approach for how each one fit in and how he was going to use that in terms of what his vision was.”
LISTEN: Scott Hagel on The Boers and Bernstein Show
After Emery’s introductory press conference, some criticized the new GM for not adequately explaining his vision for the team. Hagel said that was a strategic move by Emery.
“We always want to be as open and honest with our fans as we can, but there are things that, like Phil said, we don’t open up and give you everything,” he said. “Phil was very direct in those meeting. I think we all saw it yesterday. He is a very direct person. He’s about business. He’s got his delivery. He commands a presence. He had all of that in (his interviews,) but then he’d go much more into the details in terms of, ‘This is exactly what I’m going to do.’ He opened up his laptop and put his presentation on the board. It was very clear what he wanted to do.”
Hagel also discuss the Bears’ dealings with former wide receiver Sam Hurd, who was arrested midseason and charged in a federal drug trafficking sting.
“I don’t think there was any split in terms of how mad it made people,” Hagel said. “It was across the board. Obviously, the first thing we look at is the system that we have in place to see if there was anything that we could’ve known prior to what happened. There was nothing. There was nothing in his past from a report standpoint that we could’ve known about. To say that the reaction was anything but livid — that was across the board. There are certain rules in the NFL which don’t allow you to immediately react. I can tell you, if those rules weren’t in place, the reaction would’ve been even more immediate than the next day, which was when we cut him.”