After seeing others leave this offseason for bigger titles, the Bears promoted another one of their own on Thursday, making Mark Sadowski their senior national scout.
Sadowski, a St. Rita graduate, joined the Bears in 2005 and spent last year as one of the team's national scouts. He has 16 years of NFL scouting experience, beginning with the New Orleans Saints (1998-2005).
"Mark has been essential in the scouting and the evaluation of player talent since joining the Bears," general manager Phil Emery said in a statement. "He has also been integral in establishing how we are using technology to elevate our scouting process and personnel operations."
The move comes after Emery promoted Kevin Turks to director of pro personnel and Dwayne Joseph to associate director of pro personnel earlier this month. Their promotions come after Chris Ballard and Ted Monago, two longtime scouts for the team, left to the organization.
Ballard, the Bears' previous director of pro scouting, left to be the Kansas City Chiefs' director of player personnel. Monago was an executive scout for the Bears who was in charge of scouting the very important SEC. He recently joined the St. Louis Rams' as a national scout.
Earlier this month, the Bears also hired Ryan Kessenich (scout/player personnel), Jay Muraco (East Coast scout) and Andre Odom (scouting assistant).
Other internal promtions include: Breck Ackley to South Central area scout, covering Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Iowa; David Williams to scout/player Personnel after working as a scouting assistant; and Sam Summerville to Southeast Area scout, covering Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee, after working as the team's East Coast scout.
Sadowksi was the Bears' Southeast area scout from 2005-12) after working for the Saints as a pro scout.