Veteran offensive lineman Chilo Rachal will make his first start of the season Sunday when the Bears host the St. Louis Rams, replacing Chris Spencer at left guard.
“It’s a good opportunity,” said Rachal, who signed a one-year contract with the Bears in April. “My number got called, so I’ve got to go out and take care of business.”
Rachal spent his first four NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers from 2008-11, appearing in 55 games with 38 starts. It’s a little ironic that he was promoted to the No. 1 unit prior to Week 3 given that the 49ers demoted him from their starting lineup after Week 3 last season.
“It made me hungrier but also humbled me,” Rachal said of losing his job. “From me being a starter to having to take a seat, it just gave me a different perspective of the game and learning it in the classroom as a student. But I’m beyond hungry. I think hungry is an understatement.”
Despite being with the Bears for only five months, Rachal feels comfortable with the offense.
“There’s always room for improvement, but I have a pretty good understanding of the offense and where I need to be and why I need to be there,” said the USC product. “Now I’m just trying to get better at learning defenses better to be a better overall player.”
Even though he has supplanted Spencer, Rachal knows he needs to perform to maintain the job.
“I’m never comfortable,” Rachal said. “Things can always change. So my mentality going in is just executing, dominating and [I will] hopefully keep the spot.”
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