The first tree has been felled.
After an extremely disappointing and embarrassing 5-11 season, one that was capped off by a five-game losing streak, it’s clear Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey has seen enough.
As first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Bears have fired general manager Phil Emery after three seasons with the organization.
From 2012-2014 under Emery, the Bears failed to make the postseason even once. Emery also hired Marc Trestman, who was in way over his head, and doled out the seven-year, $126.7 million to Jay Cutler, who led the league in turnovers. He also signed Jared Allen to a $32 million contract and extended Brandon Marshall, the team’s most egregious malcontent, for three more seasons.
Emery also missed on numerous draft picks, including his first, Shea McClellin in the first round of the 2012 draft.
To be sure, this is just the first tree to fall. Trestman and the entire coaching staff will soon follow. And it’s plausible that even president Ted Phillips could get caught up in the wash, as he’s presided over an organization that has made the playoffs just once in the past seven years.
Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fourth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter.