Khalil Mack: Joey Bosa and I didn’t come close to showing what we can do together

NFL: JAN 01 Rams at Chargers
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When the Chargers traded for Khalil Mack in 2022, there was a lot of interest in seeing how his edge rushing partnership with Joey Bosa would play out but there wasn’t much opportunity to see the two players together.

Bosa tore his groin in Week Three and didn’t return until the last two weeks of the regular season, which meant that the team barely scratched the surface of seeing what the duo is capable of doing.

“Not even close,” Mack said in a Monday press conference. “I think that it was three games in last year. Week Three. Just can’t wait to get out there with this guy. Not talk too much, but get to work.”

In addition to better health, another hope for the coming season is that the Chargers will be able to advance in the playoffs. They blew a 27-0 lead in a 31-30 loss to the Jaguars that Mack said he and Bosa are using to “fuel the fire to get better.”

“It’s one of those things,” Mack said. “Me and Joey were talking about it, it was like a bad dream, like a nightmare. Waking up from it and just putting in the work to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.”

The Chargers will have to navigate the regular season successfully in order to have a chance at a better postseason outcome and having Mack and Bosa together for the entire run would be a big boost to that effort.

8 responses to “Khalil Mack: Joey Bosa and I didn’t come close to showing what we can do together

  1. Mack will no doubt start the year on fire, just to fade into oblivion. He had half his sacks for the year in his first 2 games last year.

    Heck, I think he had half his sacks for his Bears career in his first game playing for them.

  2. I’d make the argument that Bosa showed exactly what he does well: He gets hurt. And he’s great at it.

  3. Bosa seems to get injured and miss games every other year. It’s an odd pattern but 2023 should see him play 17 games.

  4. What’s the O/U for the number of games these guys will actually play together this year? Maybe 7 or 8.
    Unfortunately, Mack is now 32 and hasn’t had 10 sacks since 2018. Bosa is still relatively young at 27 and a force when healthy, but he always seems to be dragging around one injury or another.

  5. I bet those two yahoos couldnt be healthy for two games in a row if they had to. Bozo’s always hurt and Mack is just in it for the bucks and really has done nothing to establish himself. He gets a sack once in a while then takes the game off.

  6. I almost caught a unicorn the other day but I got distracted when I saw something shiny and it got away…

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