Suffice to say that former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Israel Idonije is not a fan of ex-general manager Phil Emery.
Idonije, who played nine seasons in Chicago, took a swipe at Emery during an exchange on Twitter with former teammate Adewale Ogunleye on Tuesday evening.
Emery has been widely criticized for many of the moves he made in three years on the job; beginning with firing Lovie Smith (the third winningest coach in franchise history) and subsequently hiring Marc Trestman over reigning NFL Coach of the Year Bruce Arians.
Under Emery, the Bears waived goodbye to middle linebacker Brian Urlacher following the 2012 season, an extremely unpopular move inside the locker room. Emery drafted 20 players between 2012 and 2014, but only 12 remain on the roster after former fourth-round pick Brock Vereen was waived on Tuesday.
However, Emery is the man responsible for drafting Pro Bowlers Alshon Jeffery and Kyle Long. He also orchestrated a deal with the Miami Dolphins that netted the Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Marshall set a franchise record with 118 receptions and 1,508 receiving yards in 2012. The Bears traded Marshall to the New York Jets in the offseason.
Emery and Trestman were fired after the Bears went 5-11 in 2014.
Idonije’s best year in Chicago came in 2010 when he recorded a career-high eight sacks in 15 starts. A two-time Bears’ Nominee for The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, Idonije last played for the Detroit Lions in 2013.