The first change on the Bears embattled offensive line came from an unexpected direction Wednesday when guard Chilo Rachal abruptly left the team for personal reasons and was replaced on the 53-man roster by rookie undrafted free agent James Brown from the practice squad.Rachals exit points to Chris Spencer returning to the starting lineup. Spencer was demoted from the left-guard spot after the loss to Green Bay and has lately been replaced by Jonathan Scott as the extra lineman in the Bears jumbo packages.Rachal suffered through an abysmal game against the San Francisco 49ers,unofficiallyallowing a sack and QB hurry in addition to two holding penalties.Rachal signed a one-year deal last offseason and told CSNChicago.com last week that he hoped to play well enough for an extension here. He stayed after practice every day working on his hand-punch on the heavy blocking bag.Brown was a surprise find after last Aprils draft, having been expected to be selected in a market that is having increasing difficulty finding adequate supplies or and quality in offensive linemen.But the current difficulties at tackle for the Bears do not point to Brown suddenly going from the developmental squad to blocking Jared Allen.Its not like at this point of the season you can take a James Brown, whom Im very high on of course Im always high on all the players because they work so hard and say, OK, youre the guy now, offensive coordinator Mike Tice sad on Wednesday. That would be desperation.
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.