Fourth-and-one 'go' was the right call

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Fourth-and-one 'go' was the right call

Would you have taken the three points or called Michael Bushs number for that half-yard at the Seattle 15 in the second quarter of the Bears 20-17 overtime loss to the Seahawks?

Lovie Smith himself argued both sides of the decision after the game, that his head-coach call really hurt his team but later that hed probably go for it again.

If youre already a Lovie-hater, he was an idiot. If youre not, and judging from the stadium reaction when it was evident that the Bears were going to go for it, the go call would have been widely seconded, then it made sense.

Its actually why the Bears spent a lot of money for Bush. And fold these elements into the discussion:

Smith and the Bears had a chance to sustain a drive that was on the way to a second touchdown and 14-0 lead. The offense had a dagger in its hand;

The Bears had called six running plays previously on that possession. After a no-gain by Matt Forte, the next five all had produced positive yardage;

In Bush, the Bears have a back that had converted seven of nine third-and-ones this season, and four of whose five rushing touchdowns have been for one yard. Put another way, this someone whose specialty is getting a single yard when opponents are most ramped up not to let him get one.

In addition, Smith likely factored in the fact that even not picking up the first down was to give Seattle the football at its own 15. He was putting the situation in the hands of both his offense and defense.

Pick a gaffe, any gaffe

How many plays cost the Bears that game? How about any of these:

- Major Wright not intercepting the deep throw to Sidney Rice just after the two-minute warning;

- Earl Bennett getting turned around and bobbling away what would have been a 62-yard touchdown pass in the first half;

- The 11-yard Russell Wilson completion on third-and-14, which was followed by a seven-yard completion on fourth down and a 27-yard throw to Sidney Rice the play before the go-ahead touchdown.

- (your choice here).

Sick bay: some potential lost time

As devastating as the sick bay looked after last weeks win over Minnesota, the losses against Seattle may prove every bit as serious.

All but receiver Devin Hester (concussion) and guards Lance Louis (knee, IR) and Chris Spencer (knee) were able to play against the Seahawks.

But receiver Earl Bennett went out Sunday with a concussion, and Hester and Jay Cutler were held out of the next game with their head injuries.

Cornerback Tim Jennings did not get up after a monumental collision with 240-pound fullback Michael Robinson in overtime. He will have an MRI exam on Monday but even a bruised shoulder typically will cost him no less than a game.

Brian Urlacher was sidelined a couple plays after Jennings when he felt a hamstring problem. Exact severity also will not be apparent until further evaluation.

Safety Chris Conte had to leave the game due to illness in the first quarter but is unlikely to be at risk of lost playing time next Sunday in Minnesota.

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.