Khalil Mack wants to be the best ever

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Bears pass rusher Khalil Mack isn’t secretive about having aspirations to be the best.

Mack was asked today about Bears outside linebackers coach Ted Monachino saying that Mack wants to be the best ever, and Mack said that’s “absolutely” how he feels.

“He asked me what I wanted to do, and what I wanted to be. I want to be the best. I want to be the best to play the game,” Mack said. “We’re trying to work toward that.”

Mack said he views Lawrence Taylor and Derrick Thomas as the Hall of Famers he most admires, and he wants to have the kind of career they had.

“There’s so many greats. You’ve got LT, you’ve got Derrick Thomas, you’ve got special, special guys who have played this position. All you can do is chase,” Mack said.

Five years into his career, Mack is on a Hall of Fame pace. He wants to do even more.

46 responses to “Khalil Mack wants to be the best ever

  1. pretty laughable

    he is a nice playet but the pats dominated him twice

    lawrence taylor is the best edge player ever

    andre tippett or derrick thomas are a close second and third at the olb spot

  2. He disappeared the second half of the season. He has a very long way to go to be considered the best ever.

  3. OMG Mack. Stop. Just stop.
    Only ONE of today’s players will ever be considered the “best ever”, that one player is Tom Brady.
    At pretty much EVERY other position, the bar has been set by a player from the 50’s, 60’s, 70,’s, or 80’s.
    Under no circumstances will mack ever be the “best ever”.
    I don’t even think that LT was the best ever.
    Why? He was a one-dimensional player.
    The best ever was Jack Ham.

  4. PFF had him as the 4th best Edge Rusher against the run. He hardly disappeared for the second half of the season. The disruption that the guy caused created a lot of opportunity for other guys to make sacks and plays. There are a lot of misinformed people that don’t understand that the true value of a productive edge rusher is the disruption he can cause and teams having to dedicate more focus and blockers to stopping that edge rusher, opening up more opportunities for others.

  5. Fans of certain players will never acknowledge when they’ve been surpassed.

    Not saying Mack is the best ever but this isn’t like Dante Fowler saying he’s the best ever. Over the first five years of their career Mack’s numbers and Derrick Thomas’ are at least in the same ballpark.

  6. Jack Ham?

    Couldn’t touch Butkus. And Butkus had to do it on his own, he didn’t have the benefit of playing on great defenses like Ham did.

  7. He played through injuries last season, and was still awesome. He has a chance, but the bar is high.

  8. Stop disappearing in games so much, that would be a good spot to start.

  9. Derrick Thomas wasn’t much of a run defender.
    LT and Reggie White both were great against the run. Strahan too (But not in that class).

  10. Reggie White was the best DE.
    Lawrence Taylor was the best OLB.

    Mack is great, but lets not forget if we were alive to see those guys.
    And let’s watch some film if we werent.

  11. Macks production fell because the other 31 teams had game film on the bears defense. Well see how pagano does…i hope for the bears’ sake, tgey dont get muddled in mediocrity. Mack is a generational player.

  12. What’s with all the hate? Nothing wrong with having goals. He’s not saying he’s the best ever. He’s saying he’s working towards it and therefore acknowledging he’s not the best ever. Would you rather he say he’s satisfied and not trying to get better?

    Good luck Khalil. Keep working and don’t read this site.

  13. People keep parroting the “he disappears in the second half” thing. Seems to be an ongoing narrative since he was traded to the Bears, but not really before then.

    He’s a very good player who was instrumental in the Bears defense being #1 in the league last year, but it’s much more fun to ignore that and downgrade the guys’ abilities. Alas, this is PFT, where many believe Tom Brady is only good because he’s a “system QB”.

  14. Krombopulos Michael says:
    May 29, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    He isn’t even the best current defender. That title belongs to Aaron Donald. But Mack is a perennial all pro
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    And so you double team them and they have little or no impact on a game. See SB, February 2019.

  15. Bruuuuuuuuuce!!!!! For a 3-4 defensive end to be the all time sack leader is amazing. The guy got double teamed every play and was still a wrecking ball, from 90-97 he was by far the best pass rusher in football. #billsmafia

  16. “And so you double team them and they have little or no impact on a game”

    Donald’s been facing double teams for the last four years.

    Some teams are just better at executing than others.

  17. As great as Mack is, an he is on a a hall of fame trajectory – he’s not helping his team because of his very high salary and the draft picks they had to give up.

  18. The debate if Mack is the best current pass rusher just solidifies the fact that LT was the best. During LT’s prime there was no debate because there was nobody close. He dominated games single handily.

  19. frank booth says:
    May 29, 2019 at 5:42 pm
    PFF had him as the 4th best Edge Rusher against the run. He hardly disappeared for the second half of the season. The disruption that the guy caused created a lot of opportunity for other guys to make sacks and plays. There are a lot of misinformed people that don’t understand that the true value of a productive edge rusher is the disruption he can cause and teams having to dedicate more focus and blockers to stopping that edge rusher, opening up more opportunities for others.
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    Mike Spofford on the Packers website put it quite well. He said (paraphrasing) “Which would you rather have? A third-down pressure that results in an incomplete pass, followed by a punt, or a second-down sack followed by your opponent converting third and eleven?”

  20. When you think about the middle guys like Butkus, Lanier, and Lambert, he’s got a ways to go.

  21. Mack has 53 sacks in 5 seasons.

    Reggie White had 81 at that point.
    Reggie added another 117 over the next 10 seasons.
    He also had 23 1/2 in 2 years of the USFL

    LT had 50 1/2 after 5 seasons and then he had 73 over the next 5 seasons.
    He was more than just sacks. He terrified opposing offenses.

    Derek Thomas had 66 after 5 seasons and then another 53 1/2 over the next 5 years.

    Bruce Smith had 57 1/2 sacks after 5 seasons.
    He had 58 1/2 over the next 5
    He had another 55 in the 5 years after that.
    He slowed down a bit to another 29 sacks from age 37 to 40 in DC.

    Justin Houston has 78 1/2 sacks in his first 102 games.
    Mack would need 33 sacks in his next 32 games to match that.

    Maybe he should set his sites on being better than Chandler Jones?
    59 1/2 sacks during Mack’s career.

  22. tylawspick6 says:
    May 29, 2019 at 5:19 pm
    pretty laughable
    he is a nice playet but the pats dominated him twice
    lawrence taylor is the best edge player ever
    andre tippett or derrick thomas are a close second and third at the olb spot
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    Pretty funny. Mack had his second highest tackle total of the season and was part of a Raider defense on that day that put steady pressure on Brady, holding him to 1 TD pass.

    Mack had 3 QB hits and a sack on Brady in their 2017 game, and was one of the few good players on a below average defense.

    The Patriots hardly dominated him in either game.

    Andre Tippett doesn’t even make the Top 10 in OLB. Thomas, LT, Jack Ham, Cornelius Bennett, Kevin Greene, Derrick Brooks, Terrell Suggs, Rickey Jackson, Ted Hendricks, Dave Robinson just some of those who were better.

  23. eaglesnoles05 says:
    May 29, 2019 at 7:05 pm
    Reggie White was the best DE.
    Lawrence Taylor was the best OLB.

    Mack is great, but lets not forget if we were alive to see those guys.
    And let’s watch some film if we werent
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    LT was the best WOLB ever. Rickey Jackson was the best SOLB. Same draft class and two best outside linebackers period. Bruce Smith was the best DE that played; Reggie was second. Smith was a 3-4 DE.

  24. When he’s good he’s good, but he’s injured or out or disappears half the time

    I think his health and consistency will prevent him from being a true game breaker going forward

  25. The amount of negative attention this guy draws from all the PFT couch experts and bitter, bitter Raiders fans definitely reveals that he is one of the best in the game right now. The guy changed the entire Bears defense in a week. He will be a Hall of Famer and will continue to draw a double or trip team opening the door for the rest of that already dominant defense.

  26. Of course he aspires to be the best. He should. What do we expect him to say? “I’m really hoping to be a middle tier linebacker?”

    But dude – as Bear, didn’t you kind of have to throw “Butkus” in there? I get it, you’re young, he’s a dinosaur – but still. One of the greatest linebackers to ever play and a Bear at that.

  27. Rob Brzezinski is a Tool With ZERO CHAMPIONSHIPS says:
    May 30, 2019 at 6:30 am
    The amount of negative attention this guy draws from all the PFT couch experts and bitter, bitter Raiders fans definitely reveals that he is one of the best in the game right now. The guy changed the entire Bears defense in a week. He will be a Hall of Famer and will continue to draw a double or trip team opening the door for the rest of that already dominant defense.

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    As I said, the Pats decimated him twice for over 30 points.

    If you’re doubled and you disappear, you’re not as great as you think. Any reasonably intelligent team just needs to copy what NE does to guys like JJ Watt or Mack, who simply are not a factor with NE dropping 30+ on those gusy and their defenses, repeatedly.

    Most DE/OLBs care about sack totals only. This is an advantage to offenses if you have a good QB, a good O Line and some balance on the offense.

    The Lions just signed Trey Flowers, he plays a pure all around DE/OLB role, gets doubled, still produces and is a gamer.

    Mack is not that guy. He’s poor man’s Von Miller type (also a bit overrated) who just wants to collect sacks to be paid a lot of money on the market.

    There’s more to football than just trying to blast into the backfield like Clay MAtthews or TJ Watt on every snap.

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