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49ers bench Chilo Rachal after missing practice for son’s birth

For the first time this season, San Francisco 49ers guard Chilo Rachal entered the game as a backup, not a starter, on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.

The reason? He missed practice last week because of the birth of his son, Chilo Jr.

Rachal did play, but only after Adam Snyder, who took Rachal’s customary spot as the starting right guard, suffered a sprained ankle.

It’s not clear whether 49ers coach Mike Singletary made the decision to bench Rachal as some sort of punishment, viewing Rachal as not sufficiently dedicated to the team for his decision to skip practice, or if Singletary just thought Rachal had missed important practice time and wouldn’t be the 49ers’ best option after a week when his mind was elsewhere.

But the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Rachal didn’t agree with Singletary’s decision to remove him from the starting lineup.

“I’m a competitor,” Rachal said. “I want to play.”

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28 Responses to “49ers bench Chilo Rachal after missing practice for son’s birth”
  1. thatlunchbox says: Nov 15, 2010 3:59 PM

    What kind of a jerk misses practice for the birth of his son? Chilo Rachal needs to get his priorities straight!

  2. ndallasruss says: Nov 15, 2010 4:01 PM

    If this policy was implemented league-wide, Antonio Cromartie might never have played a game.

  3. strategerie says: Nov 15, 2010 4:03 PM

    Nice to know Mike Singletary has his priorities.

    Earth to Coach Singletary: The birth of a child (or serious illness or death of immediate family member) is an acceptable reason to miss work in every profession. If you don’t think so, perhaps you need to re-examine your priorities, as a coach and as a man…

  4. Samuel says: Nov 15, 2010 4:06 PM

    Singletary from yesterday: “No. No, what happened is, bottom line, Chilo missed the Friday practice. He let me know the day before that there was a chance that that would happen and it was Saturday. There were some other things that took place that you’ll have to talk to him about. I thought it was fair to our offense, our coordinator, our quarterback, to start [G Adam] Snyder. The little changes that we made here and there that Chilo was not totally in tune with. And just thought it was better to go with Snyder and let it work itself out, and it did.”

  5. pooflingingmonkey says: Nov 15, 2010 4:09 PM

    This seems harsh, but it’s necessary in today’s NFL to limit excused absences by players, particularly in cases of childbirth. Otherwise, Antonio Cromartie could miss entire training camps, and Travis Henry may well have never had a career at all.

  6. kevo126 says: Nov 15, 2010 4:11 PM

    “we talkin bout practice, not a game”

    seriously dude missed practice for the birth of his son and he gets benched…wow

  7. DonRSD says: Nov 15, 2010 4:13 PM

    before this season i liked SIngletary as a head coach (im a giants fan)

    after the way he talks and puts people down for no reason i dont think he is a good coach.

    he cant use the ‘intimidation’ he used as a player because he is a coach…..a teacher.

    i would be damned if i msis the birth of my child for anything.
    i would miss the superbowl to be there with my child & family.

    i applaud rachal for doing what a man is supposed to do.
    he isnt missing practice due to a toe hurting or his wife is sick or whatever……its the birth of his child.

    situations like this will divide a locker room as im sure all the parents on the team (players) afree with Rachal on this one.

    how do you discipline a player for missing practice to be there for the birth of his child?
    this isnt a ‘spur of the moment’ thing……its 9 months in the making and im sure every coach knew the situation

  8. rajbais says: Nov 15, 2010 4:20 PM

    Singletary’s actions are classless!!!

    There’s been worse … Troy Williamson going AWOL on the Vikings for 9 days to attend his grandmother’s funeral and never calling them.

  9. spungy says: Nov 15, 2010 4:23 PM

    But can he name all his kids?

  10. j0esixpack says: Nov 15, 2010 4:24 PM

    Rachal made the right call to be at his kid’s birth, but Singletary made the right call too

    If the NFL had a policy of allowing NFL players to be present for every birth of of every child they fathered there’d be no one available to play on Sunday

  11. epping16 says: Nov 15, 2010 4:25 PM

    He wasn’t benched as punishment. Yes, he was sort of benched due to attending the birth of his child, BUT not as punishment, because Snyder gave the 9ers a better chance to win since he had missed probably the single most important day of practice all week. He will be back to starting next week, no news here.

  12. durno99 says: Nov 15, 2010 4:34 PM

    That was a cross on the outside of Singletary’s shirt yesterday wasn’t it? And I thought Childress was bad with putting a fine on a player for a funeral! Great company to be in!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. mnviking says: Nov 15, 2010 4:51 PM

    He missed PRACTICE to see his own son’s birth?
    Why would any real or considerate dad want to do that?

    Trust me, I am sure Chilo Rachal is NOT going to regret making the RIGHT decision!

    Not knowing Singletary that well, he diffently has made me not care for him if he truly benched Chilo for that reason.

  14. johnnyb612 says: Nov 15, 2010 4:57 PM

    Boy, for how religious singletary advertises himself to be, he certainly doesn’t have a lick of compassion. What a jerk.

  15. hoobsher says: Nov 15, 2010 5:01 PM


    *until they have human emotions. then theyre useless.

  16. fmwarner says: Nov 15, 2010 5:09 PM

    ndallasruss says: Nov 15, 2010 4:01 PM

    If this policy was implemented league-wide, Antonio Cromartie might never have played a game.

    Hahaha. That, my friend, is awesome.

  17. allforfunnplay says: Nov 15, 2010 5:10 PM

    well, sensational journalism strikes again at PFW. way to spin the story there guys.

    Rachal was excused from practice. His time off took more time than originally anticipated. Rachal’s play has been questionable all year. Many fans have been calling for him to be benched. So he’s been borderline even when he has all week to practice. Rachal’s extended absence, while excused, left Singletary little choice but to play his back up (Snyder) whom many think play better than Rachal anyway.

    Singletary might not be a rocket scientist of a coach and about as emotionally stable as a soap opera but in this case it was the right call, he started the best player. Now if we could talk to him about Anthony Davis……

  18. justareasonablevoice says: Nov 15, 2010 5:20 PM

    I thought Singletary was a spiritual man?
    I guess values change.

    Rachals child has only ONE birth, there will be PLENTY of practices

  19. FinFan68 says: Nov 15, 2010 5:26 PM

    There is likely more to this story. Not even Singletary is stupid enough to bench a guy for a single practice that happened at the same time as his child’s birth. What time was the kid born, what day? Was there any other angst between player and the coach or other players?

  20. snarkygurl says: Nov 15, 2010 5:44 PM

    But Brett Favre gets rewarded a non-retractable starting position + $20 mil for missing an entire training camp? Wow…I guess Childress is a better guy than I originally thought…Singletary should take notes from him!

  21. demolition510 says: Nov 15, 2010 7:00 PM

    Stay classy San Francisco

  22. shingotime says: Nov 15, 2010 7:03 PM


    missing practice for the birth of your child = inappropriate


    pulling down your pants and exposing you dong = appropriate

    okay then.

  23. clownburger says: Nov 15, 2010 7:05 PM

    As usual Profootball Talk jumps to conclusions rather than waiting for the facts.

    But PFT can’t pass up the opportunity to pain Singletary in a negative light.

  24. commanderroman says: Nov 15, 2010 7:18 PM

    Please Mr. Smith tell me that what you are writing was only partially true! That Mike Singletarty didn’t really bench his player BECAUSE (as the REASON you stated) he missed practice due to the birth of his son. As Finfan68 says, there likely must be more to the story. Why not print that too, (probably because you didn’t do any research on the story)? Why not just say that Chilo Rachal did not start the game due to missing practice because he was with his wife for the birth of their child? It’s like saying that Florio is doing PFT because he ISN’T UP to practicing law anymore. May be valid but entirely true? You’re posts are starting to look like something from a grocery store tabloid. C’mon man! Have some integrity.

  25. liontuss says: Nov 15, 2010 7:47 PM

    It does not mention whenhis son was born. Maybe it was last week and they just decided to celebrate late.

  26. weatherbee2 says: Nov 15, 2010 10:50 PM

    1. Not a punishment! It’s called playing the guys who know their assignments.
    2. HOW LONG is it going to be before we don’t see the pants-dropping episode mentioned in or after EVERY 49ers/Singletary post?

  27. goforthanddie says: Nov 16, 2010 6:27 AM

    BFD. He gets paid the same either way. Singletary isn’t going to throw the game just to make a point. Enjoy your new child and the extra rest.

  28. smarterthana5thgrader says: Nov 17, 2010 2:15 PM

    Singletary isn’t stupid, he knows Chilo has been one of many weak links on the O-Line. Sing also has a pride issue, which is why he won’t bench a weak link without an excuse to do so (i.e. A. Smith’s injury), the baby served as his prime excuse to bench the unproductive Chilo Rachal. Now he needs to hurry up and find his excuse to bench Anthony Davis because the kid just isn’t ready for the NFL yet.

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