- Steve Muench, Scouts Inc.
The Bears hired then-Kansas City Chiefs director of college scouting Phil Emery, who had been an area scout for the Bears, from 1998 until 2004, to replace him. Chicago retained head coach Lovie Smith at the time and posted a 10-6 record in 2012 but let him go after losing five of the last eight games and missing the playoffs yet again. The Bears replaced the defensive-minded Smith by hiring then-Montreal Alouettes head coach and well-known quarterback guru Marc Trestman.
After failing to reach the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons, the Chicago Bears relieved then-longtime general manager Jerry Angelo of his duties in 2012.