LAKE FOREST, Ill. (CBS) — Speaking for two minutes, hours after his firing, former Bears general manager Phil Emery offered gratitude for the chance he received in Chicago.

“This job is the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Emery. “My only regret is that we didn’t win enough games for that to continue.”

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Emery served for three years as the Bears’ general manager, with the team missing the playoffs each season. Chicago went 23-25 under the direction of two head coaches, Lovie Smith and Marc Trestman. Emery fired Smith after a 10-win season in 2012, and the Bears went 13-19 in two campaigns with Trestman.

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Widely regarded as a respected scout, Emery now does not have a job. He wore a Bears fleece while at the podium and closed out the brief remarks by quoting a Carrie Newcomer song.

“We stand breathless at the clean edge of change,” Emery said. “So it’s time to move forward. Go, Bears! Thanks for your time.”

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Emery then stepped away from the lectern, walked out the door and ended his time with the Bears organization.