Ruskell, Bears "mutually part ways"

New Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery made his first move for the team today, firing Tim Ruskell, who has served as the team's director of player personnel the last two years.

It only took one day on the job for new Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery to shake things up at Halas Hall. Today, the team announced that Tim Ruskell has been fired. Ruskell served as the club's director of player personnel the past two seasons.

Official statement from the organization:

"Bears and director of player personnel Tim Ruskell have mutually agreed to part ways."

Former Bears GM Jerry Angelo hired Ruskell following the 2009 campaign. He was named director of player personnel, taking on a dual role as head of both the pro and college scouting departments. He served as the organization's interim GM over the past month and was one of five candidates for the full-time position, which was awarded to Emery yesterday.

It's an interesting move, as Ruskell was Emery's old boss when the two worked together with the Atlanta Falcons. Yet that bodes well for Emery. In less than 24 hours, he made a very tough decision in firing a former colleague for whom he has much respect.

Emery will have a plethora of tough calls to make this offseason, none arguably any harder than this one. His ability to stand firm and make the right call, despite his personal feelings on the matter, is a good sign for him going forward.

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