Bears guard Kyle Long named second-team All-Pro

Kyle Long recognized as second-team All-Pro behind Marshal Yanda of the Ravens and Cowboys rookie Zack Martin.

Bears right guard Kyle Long added to his postseason accolades Friday when he was named second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press.

Long was recognized behind first-team guards Marshal Yanda of the Ravens and Cowboys rookie Zack Martin. Martin, out of Notre Dame, was the only rookie All-Pro at any position.

Long overcame offseason back problems and a summer viral infection to start 15 games. He's a reliable pass blocker whose athleticism is an asset in the running game. He earned his second Pro Bowl nomination in as many seasons.

Deposed general manager Phil Emery drafted Long 20th overall in 2013, seeing potential in a nimble, powerful and tenacious lineman who started only five games at Oregon. Long continued to improve his techniques in his second season and gain the respect of opponents. He also has emerged as one of the Bears' leaders because of his talent and outgoing personality.

Long is the Bears' first player to receive All-Pro recognition since 2012, when receiver Brandon Marshall and cornerback Charles Tillman were named to the first team and defensive Julius Peppers was on the second.

Wolf Pack: It would have been quite a twist if the Bears had tapped into the Packers' front office to fill their general manager vacancy. But the Packers on Friday ensured neither the Bears nor any other team would hire away Eliot Wolf.

Wolf, the 32-year-old son of former Packers general manager Ron Wolf, was promoted to the title of director of player personnel. He had been their director of pro personnel since the 2011 season. Such promotions at this time of year often are an employer's reaction to another team's interview request, but any outside interest in Wolf, specifically, is not clear.

He is regarded widely as a future general manager candidate. And if he were to be hired in that role, he would join the Seahawks' John Schneider, the Chiefs' John Dorsey and the Raiders' Reggie McKenzie as general managers hired out of the Packers' personnel department.

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