In a piece posted on the Chicago Sun-Times website, Sean Jensen writes on how first-year Bears general manager Phil Emery is implementing a scouting approach rooted in the "Patriot system."
"Under former general manager Jerry Angelo, the Bears used a scouting system developed in Tampa, one that helped turn the Buccaneers from doormats to Super Bowl champions," Jensen writes.
"But Angelo endured endless criticism for his lack of draft success despite a Super Bowl and NFC Championship Game appearances.
"Emery is a unique scout in that he worked under Angelo, but he also is steeped in the so-called Patriot Way, a system developed in New England by coach Bill Belichick and former player personnel vice president Scott Pioli."
Jensen quotes former Patriots personnel men Scott Pioli (now Chiefs general manager) and Thomas Dimitroff (now Falcons general manager) on what that means.
Pioli cited an example of the third cornerback almost serving as a starter in today's game, and thus having different value on the team's board. He also noted that Kevin Faulk might not have been considered a starter, but because of his playing-time totals, he had "tremendous value."
The two finalists for the Bears GM job (Emery and Jason Licht) had a background in the Patriots' system, which wasn't a coincidence.
"It was fascinating to hear some of the details of that,” Bears president Ted Phillips said of the Patriots’ system in Jensen's piece. “So it wasn’t coincidental that they both had that similar system, and they were the two final candidates.”