Chilo Rachal regains his starting position

49ers coach Mike Singletary said he wasn't opposed to Chilo Rachal missing practice time because of the birth of his son last week. He just didn't want to put the offense at risk.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary believes he was misunderstood last Sunday when he decided not to start guard Chilo Rachal against the St. Louis Rams. On Wednesday, he set the record straight and said Rachal will regain his starting job this week.

Singletary said that any assumption that Rachal did not start because he missed two practices to be with his wife after the birth of their son is wrong.

"I was in favor of him missing practice," Singletary said. "I've got seven kids. The thing I want you to understand, because some people really misunderstood that, unfortunately, is that Chilo texted us on Friday and told us (he would miss practice). He did all the right things in letting myself and (offensive line coach Mike) Solari know that he wasn't going to be here. And that was fine."

Singletary said that two other players, David Baas and Adam Snyder, had done the same thing following the births of their children and that it was not a problem with the coaches.

"The biggest reason Chilo did not start," Singletary said, "was because, to miss Friday and Saturday without getting the finer details from coach Solari, the changes or whatever they were, and Snyder was here Friday and Saturday getting all the little details.

"And having a rookie beside you (tackle Anthony Davis) that's trying to make sure he has all the little calls and a new quarterback (Troy Smith) trying to make all the little calls, it's a bit much. The reason I had Chilo not start was because there are complications with the situation. I want the guy's mind to be where he is. I don't want him to be in a situation where he's thinking about losing his job.

"He's going to start this week. It would be different if I said, ‘You're not here, you're not playing, you're not going to start.' I don't do stuff like that. It's that's a family issue, you've got complications there, worry about that first. Just know that I have decisions here that I have to make and I can't put the offense in harm's way by making a decision on emotion. I felt that I did what I had to do in order for our offense to have a chance to win."

Niners Digest Top Stories