Interesting reports have been surfacing today that Lovie Smith is looking to make Pep Hamilton his offensive coordinator if he lands another head coaching job in the NFL. Previously, Smith booted Hamilton from his Bears staff following the 2009 season after he served as the quarterback coach during his 2007-09 seasons.
Hamilton, who is currently serving as Stanford's offensive coordinator, is also expected to interview for the same position with the Jets.
Because of the offense that Smith Covets, hiring Hamilton would be a wise move for the former Bears head coach to make.
If Smith had made a similar decision last off season, he would probably still hold his position in Chicago. Hamilton would have brought a system that utilizes all the skill players on the field, protests the quarterback and is known for moving the chains and helping the quarterback complete a high percentage of passes. All of which were problems for the Bears' offense last season.
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.
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.