Guard Chilo Rachal leaves Bears for “personal reasons”

11/21/12 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice hinted earlier on Wednesday that the team was keeping all options open for a potential change on the offensive line following Monday night's debacle in San Francisco. Later Wednesday, the first chip fell in place. But it was an offensive line move that many hadn’t expected.

Starting left guard Chilo Rachal left the team due to “personal reasons” and was placed on the Chicago Bears’ reserve/left squad list today.

Chilo Rachal stole the starting job from eight-year veteran Chris Spencer in Week 3 and has since started the past eight games at left guard. The 26-year-old Chilo Rachal signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears during the offseason, after playing four seasons and making 55 game appearances (including 38 starts) with the San Francisco 49ers.

The 6-5, 323-pounder was eager and especially motivated to play against his former team in front of family and friends at the Candlestick Park on Monday, but Chilo Rachal ended putting-up a performance that drew attention for all the wrong reasons. Chilo Rachal had two holding penalties as well as a recovered fumble in the Chicago Bear’s end zone and ineptly threw the ball forward to avert a safety. However, replays displayed that Chilo Rachal’s knee was down when he went for the ball, which accounts for a safety.
The rest of the Chicago Bears offensive line didn’t fare any better in a 32-7 loss to the San Francisco 69ers. The Chicago Bears offensive line only amassed a combined 143 yards while going beyond the 50-year line only twice on 11 possessions and surrendering six sacks on three-step drops.

"When you run three-step drops, you should have no sacks at the end of the season,” Mike Tice expressed his disappointment over Monday’s loss. “And to give up three in one game is totally unacceptable.”

“If we don't have rhythm, that's my fault,” Mike Tice stated, adding that the game reflected badly on his “resume” since he was making the offensive calls. “We have to find a way."

Mike Tice stated earlier on Wednesday that the Chicago Bears were “looking at everything… (and) evaluating our guys” in a bid to determine “the best chance to succeed and the goals the team is “trying to accomplish offensively.”

Although, the loss of Chicago Bears’ arguably most reliable interior lineman loss comes at a difficult time for the team who are sitting at a playoffs spot with a 7-3 record, they’re quickly patching things up and even made a roster move on the vacated spot.

James Brown, the former undrafted free agent out of Troy, was elevated to the 53-man roster. The rookie guard James Brown impressed Chicago Bears coaches during training camp but still spent the whole regular season on the practice squad. At 6-4, 306 pounds, James Brown doesn’t boast the ideal size for an offensive tackle, but considering the recent state of the offensive line he could prove of some use at inside guard.

As for Chilo Rachal’s replacement at left guard, Chris Spencer could be restored at his former starting role, after playing two games early in the season. Edwin Williams, who remained inactive through all ten games this season could also start at left guard.
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