Bears feel Khalil Mack approached offseason with something to prove

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Among the Bears players who failed to match their 2018 production last season was linebacker Khalil Mack.

Mack posted fewer sacks, quarterback hits and tackles for loss than he did during his first season in Chicago and the Bears slumped from division champs to out of the playoffs. On Thursday, outside linebackers coach Ted Monachino said that dip has been followed by an energized offseason for Mack.

Monachino said Mack has “done an amazing job of leading” during the team’s meetings and is “training like I have never seen anybody train before” in an effort to put up a better season this time around.

“Motivation is not an issue with Khalil — never has been,” Monachino said, via the Chicago Tribune. “But what I’ll tell you is that he has approached this offseason with something to prove, and that’s something that we all can be encouraged by. That’s something that’s exciting when a player of his caliber approaches his work the way he has approached it.”

Monachino said that having a motivated Mack is “good for everybody” in Chicago and a rebound to his 2018 form would be a big step toward better days for all the Bears.

23 responses to “Bears feel Khalil Mack approached offseason with something to prove

  1. The fact is that Mack is a part time player, he’ll feast one weak and then disappear the next.

    He also doesn’t step it up in big games, God knows he has the ability but is lack of motivation is a problem.

  2. Mack has a $26MM salary cap and a couple first round picks to justify.

    Good luck.

    Jon Gruden is smiling.

  3. Just want to thank you again for all those picks.
    Our rookie Crosby was better than Mack last year…

  4. He’s peaked, along with this Bear’s defense. They won’t get back to the 2018 form again, especially without Vic Fangio.

  5. Mack is an excellent player, but even excellent players can be over paid based on their production.
    The Bears gave up a fortune in draft picks, and also over paid him.
    They will regret this for the next couple of years.

  6. and yet a lot of people think Jon Gruden was an idiot for getting rid of him

  7. LOL, all these Raider fans whining like jilted school girls who didn’t get asked to the dance. Give it up, you’ll never convince thinking people that this was a bad trade for the Bears. It doesn’t matter what the Raiders did with the picks, you have to understand that Pace would have probably botched them if he had them. At least the Bears got an all-pro player in exchange who draws double teams on most plays which frees up others. Those are the guys that didn’t produce, not Mack. Every team in the league, including the Raiders, would love to have him on their roster. Salary cap keeps increasing, less of an issue than you think.

  8. He’ll want to renegotiate for more money next year. After all, he’ll only be making $17M next year.

  9. Mack isn’t the one that made the trade, and the Bears are the ones that paid him all that dough. Not sure why folks are trashing him for not being worth it all.

  10. Love how EVERYONE bashed the Raiders, until they dominated the Bears in London and held Mack to ZERO in the stat column. Then Mack did nothing for the rest of the year and the Bears have no QB, no draft picks to acquire one and no cap room to spend on FAs.
    Now all these same “experts” are reversing course. You know who you are… Who’s laughing now

  11. That game in London is also where Hicks got hurt. That had a lot more to do with the struggles for Mack and the Bears defense than most like to admit. Not an excuse, every team fights through injuries, next man up and all that. Just a fact, the defense went downhill after that.

  12. I see very little football intelligence in any of these half-baked comments… Khalil Mack a part-time player come on man it took half the offencive line a running back and a tight end to block him let’s see what any of you can do with that many people pushing,hitting and not to mention holding him at the line of scrimmage…..

  13. Reading the comments here, you would think the Raiders won a championship or something.

  14. Wolly, all the Raiders comments on here are the same exact person using diff names.

    He has a serious issue with Mack leaving one of his teams (yes he roots for multiple teams) and going to another that has dominated his Lions for the past two years.

  15. Love how EVERYONE bashed the Raiders, until they dominated the Bears in London and held Mack to ZERO in the stat column. Then Mack did nothing for the rest of the year and the Bears have no QB, no draft picks to acquire one and no cap room to spend on FAs.
    Now all these same “experts” are reversing course. You know who you are… Who’s laughing now

    ___________

    “Dominated”… Lol

    They won by 3 points, against a backup QB that is even worse than Trubisky, after they lost they’re 2nd best player (Hicks) in the game.

    But whatever helps you guys sleep at night…

  16. “Dominated”

    3 point win, we arrived on Friday (Jet Lag) and Kevin Pierre-Louis made a boneheaded play on Special Teams that gave you the ball back with time and a fighting chance.

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