Bell re-signing continues run of bad Emery luck

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Bell re-signing continues run of bad Emery luck

The Bears brought running back Kahlil Bellonto the roster on Tuesday for the third time in a year as somewhere Phil Emeryis probably wondering whos sticking pins in a General Manager doll.Bell replaces Matt Forte understudy MichaelBush, who was placed on injured reserve with a rib injury suffered in theSeattle game, then limited him to one carry in Minnesota and to the sidelinesagainst Green Bay.

Bush, as strong a short-yardage back as theBears have had in recent seasons, becomes the latest Emery roster additionforced into some unexpected down time.

Emery attempted to upgrade the offensiveline last offseason. He signed former 49ers second-round pick Chilo Rachal, whowon a starting job but melted down after losing the job with a debacle againstthe San Francisco 49ers.

That was a week before the teams bestoffensive lineman, guard Lance Louis, was lost for the season with a kneeinjury.

Emery signed Jonathan Scott, who replacedGabe Carimi at right tackle but suffered a hamstring injury against Green Bayand is a question this week.

No. 1 draft choice Shea McClellin has beendown with a concussion and knee injury. No. 2 pick Alshon Jeffery missed four gameswith a broken hand and then two with a knee injury. No. 3 Brandon Hardin wenton injured reserve with a neck injury in the second preseason game. No. 4 pickEvan Rodriguez has come back respectably from a knee injury that had him outfor four games.

Bush was a marquee signing early lastoffseason, giving the Bears a safety net in negotiations with Forte and aproven big back and former starter with the Oakland Raiders.

Bush appeared in the first 13 games thisseason and started in the win over St. Louis when Forte was out with an ankleinjury. He averaged 3.6 yards per carry and was second to Brandon Marshall (10)with five touchdowns.

Bell was with the Bears through theoffseason after signing a tender offer for 1.26 million. After the Bushsigning in March for four years and 14 million, and Forte signed a four-yeardeal at the outset of training camp, Bells price as a No. 3 back was out ofline with his slot.

When he refused to take a pay cut, the Bearswaived him on Aug. 23. He returned Sept. 15 and was waived a month later. Heeventually signed with the New York Jets, who released him last week.

Bell started three games for the Bears lastseason after Fortes season-ending knee injury. He totaled 337 yards on 79carries, with a peak of 121 yards against the Green Bay Packers.

Wrigley Field named one of the happiest places in the world by CNN

Wrigley Field named one of the happiest places in the world by CNN

In terms of overall satisfaction for a fanbase in total, it'd be hard for any team could beat the Cubs' faithful right now.

Ending a 108-year drought will make even the most pessimistic of fans ecstatic.

So it's no surprise Wrigley Field would be considered one of the happiest places on Earth.

To counteract "Blue Monday," CNN discussed 15 of the world's happiest places and Wrigley was included.

But the kicker is — CNN doesn't even mention the World Series championship.

Here's the rationale:


"Wrigley Field, on a warm summer night when the breeze off Lake Michigan makes the flags flutter and your cheeks flush with relief from the damp heat.

"No matter where you sit, you are close to the field, which makes you feel both the intimacy of the game and the immensity of it.

"The players, standing just feet away from you, feel like giants. And the vendors in the stands hawking hot dogs and beers and Italian ice really are a study in that particular species of Chicago native."


Don't know many people who would argue with that.

The only other American location on the list was Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Other worldwide locations include Bangkok, Japan, New Zealand and Copenhagen.

Report: Bears set to hire Curtis Modkins as running backs coach

Report: Bears set to hire Curtis Modkins as running backs coach

Bears Pro Bowl running back Jordan Howard will have a new positional coach in 2017.

According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the Bears are expected to hire former San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins as their running backs coach.

Before joining the 49ers in 2016, Modkins served as the Detroit Lions running backs coach from 2013-15. Modkins broke into the NFL as a running backs coach with Kansas City Chiefs in 2008. After serving one year in Kansas City, Modkins left for the same job with the Arizona Cardinals in 2009. The following season Modkins took a promotion with the Buffalo Bills, becoming the team's offensive coordinator from 2010-12.

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Modkins will be reunited in Chicago with reported new Bears offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn. The duo worked together for three seasons with the Lions from 2013-15.

The Bears were in need of a new running backs coach after Stan Drayton departed to take an associate head coaching job under Tom Herman at the University of Texas.