Sean Payton describes how hard it is to prepare for Khalil Mack

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Saints coach Sean Payton knows just how difficult it is to prepare for Khalil Mack.

Payton told Peter King in this week’s Football Morning in America that taking on Mack, as the Saints last did two years ago, requires a game plan designed specifically to keep him off Drew Brees, with a blocking scheme the Saints don’t use most weeks.

“The last time we played Oakland [Week 1 2016], we put in a special protection for him,” Payton said.

Payton described how if Mack lined up outside the right tackle, the Saints’ tight end would line up on the right side to chip him. If Mack lined up opposite the left tackle, the tight end would move to the left. The Saints called it “Mack Protection.”

The game plan worked out well enough that Mack did not get a sack in that game. The Saints don’t play the Bears this year. Payton and Brees will be glad about that.

21 responses to “Sean Payton describes how hard it is to prepare for Khalil Mack

  1. And thus the new offensive line schemes and tight end positioning in the NFC and Black and Blue Division specifically will forever be altered and become known as “Mack Protection.” Does that not define a game changer? BearDown 52!

  2. .
    When you have your TE on Mack it leaves Leonard Floyd one on one. It would be a good time for him to step up his game.
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  3. 2017: 6-10
    2016: 12-4
    2015: 7-9
    2014: 3-13

    Raiders record with Mack. One good year, in which Carr played lights out. Now his QB is Mitchell Trubisky. Literally nobody is worried about the Bears. I can’t even name 3 players on the Bears team, and I root for a team within the same division, and I just named two of their players.

  4. What a genius Payton is. Line up your TE on the side of the other teams best pass rusher to chip him. Why hasn’t anyone else ever thought of that…now I see why he wins a S Bowl consistently every 15-20 years once in a row.

  5. end of the day the saints broke the bank for Cam Jordan who is making what Mack would have made this year with the raiders (14 million). Besides him the Saints don’t pay any other defensive player on their entire roster over 5 million….NFL is all about the rookie salary cap. (karma for the Bears will be Floyd in 2020)

    As much as it sucks, the Raiders did the right thing

  6. The Raiders didn’t “do the right thing,” the Raiders choked big time. Good luck to the Bears!

  7. Yeah it worked great as a game changer when he made all those sacks in their playoff game against the Texans 2 yrs ago..How many tackles and sacks and how he destroyed the OL of Texans and won the game all by himself..Oops,that was me dreaming again, sorry!

  8. Prob a decent deal for both teams but with too many variables to judge now. If the Raiders whiff on the two 1st rounders, they fail, and if Trubisky doesn’t improve, it won’t matter for the Bears.

  9. Sacks last 3 years: Tied for 15th, 8th, 2nd.

    Pay: Highest ever for defensive player. Not bad for a player that’s actually regressing in production the longer he’s in the NFL.

  10. conormacleod ,

    Hits on the QB the last 3 years, #1. Other defensive players who stop the run as well as they pass rush, zero But thanks for showing that you don’t know football. You probably think that Chandler Jones is as good because he led the league in sacks last year.

  11. Thank you @realfootballfan for shutting this moron down. He’s probably a lions or Vikings fan, cause as much as I can’t stand the packers at least their fans are knowledgeable about the game.

  12. Sean Payton? lol
    The irony.
    The Raiders scored a late TD against the Saints with 00:47 seconds left to play. Instead of kicking the extra point to tie the game 34-34, the Raiders went for 2 points.
    Why?
    Because they were desperate to avoid OT.
    Why?
    Becsuse the Raider defense COULD NOT STOP BREES. He had over 400 passing yards and 4 TDS.
    Not even Khalil Mack could do anything to stop Brees’
    onslaught, and that was the year he won the DPOY award.
    Chicago just paid $141M to have opposing TEs chip on Mack to neutralize him?
    “The Bears just paid Mack $141M to sack you, Aaron”
    “Relax. We’re going to chip him with a TE in our “Mack Protection””.

  13. Sean Payton? lol
    The irony.
    The Raiders scored a late TD against the Saints with 00:47 seconds left to play. Instead of kicking the extra point to tie the game 34-34, the Raiders went for 2 points.
    Why?
    Because they were desperate to avoid OT.
    Why?
    Because the Raider defense COULD NOT STOP BREES. He had over 400 passing yards and 4 TDS.
    Not even Khalil Mack could do anything to stop Brees’
    onslaught, and that was the year he won the DPOY award.
    Chicago just paid $141M to have opposing TEs chip on Mack to neutralize him?
    “The Bears just paid Mack $141M to sack you, Aaron”
    “Relax. We’re going to chip him with a TE in our ‘Mack Protection’ plan”.

  14. Bears defense was great without Mack, only going to be better.

    Trubisky will do better? Why? His WR1 last year is WR4 this year.

    The Bears put up a decent fight with practice squad receivers and a rookie QB that started Week 5. Rodgers rode pine for 3 years. So R-E-L-A-X!

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