The only downside to the Khalil Mack trade is that we have to wait a week until he can step foot onto the field in a Chicago Bears uniform. Other than that, I feel like I’m dealing well with my Mack-related hangover.
- In addition to Mack Madness, the Bears trimmed their roster from 90 to 53 by Saturday’s 3 p.m. CT deadline. We followed cut-down day here, and there’s certainly more to come regarding potential roster moves as the waiver period opens up later today.
- Want to hear Mack’s first thoughts upon joining the Bears? Well, you’re in luck:
- I’d certainly find myself excited to sign the NFL’s richest deal for a defensive player, but there’s more to be excited about than that. Mack probably looks around the gridiron and sees what might be the most talented collection of players he’s played with … and they’re all either in or approaching their primes. Eddie Goldman, Akiem Hicks, Danny Trevathan, Kyle Fuller, Prince Amukamara, Eddie Jackson, Adrian Amos. With the addition of Mack, there are playmakers on every level of the defense. What’s not to love about that?
- Imagine having to game-plan for Hicks and Mack lining up on the same side of the formation. Wait. Now, think about if Leonard Floyd starts playing to his potential and opposing offenses have to account for pass-rushers on both sides of the formation. We have used a bunch of web space to discuss the Bears’ offense this offseason, but the defense has the potential to be fun, too.
- Lookin’ good:
No time to waste. pic.twitter.com/F62vbIBiw7
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 2, 2018
- Not only is there potential for “fun,” it’s easier to envision the Bears growing into the elite defense that Hicks believed was on the horizon. Patrick Finley of the Sun-Times seems to echo those sentiments, writing that the addition of Mack could turn a solid defense into a tip-top bunch. Chicago’s defense ranked in the top-10 in scoring and yardage, but probably needed an extra boost to stay up there after watching Minnesota reel in a franchise quarterback in free agency and Green Bay add to its core of offensive playmakers.
- John Mullin of NBC Sports Chicago declares the Bears’ trade to get Mack as a “win now” move. On top of it being a bold decision to mortgage future assets for a player in his prime, this aggressive strike forcefully opens the Bears’ window of contention. GM Ryan Pace stayed true to his offseason plan of building a team that gets the most out of Mitch Trubisky’s rookie contract by adding a defensive standout who can chase down other team’s starting quarterbacks. The Bears look more well-rounded now than they did when training camp started in July.
- Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune has a by-the-numbers look at what Mack brings to the table. Remember when the Bears were shutout of offseason top player lists? Well, Mack was the NFL Network’s 16th best player. Suffice it to say the Bears received a monumental upgrade from whichever pass-rusher was going to start opposite of Floyd.
- If you thought you were excited, just look around because you were not alone:
Welcome to Chicago @52Mack_!! Let’s get this thing started bro…. #🐻⬇️
— Chase Daniel (@ChaseDaniel) September 2, 2018
Way 😎 https://t.co/GjI1Y5V6m1
— Prince Amukamara (@PrinceAmukamara) September 1, 2018
Chargers fans after seeing Khalil Mack being traded to the Bears pic.twitter.com/B9Ph8SPf6U
— ⚡️ChargersLegion⚡️ (@ChargersLegion) September 1, 2018
Wow! Bears getting Khalil Mack! Thank goodness he’s out of @Broncos division. Huge move for the Bears
— Todd J. Adamek (@tjadamek7) September 1, 2018
Brett Veach on the Raiders trading Kahlil Mack to the Bears: "We were excited. I called Matt (Nagy) today & told him the Bears & the Chiefs got better today."
— Nate Taylor (@ByNateTaylor) September 1, 2018
- Charles Leno Jr. probably isn’t going to be as excited when he’s facing Mack every day in practice, but steel sharpens steel and the Bears’ left tackle can only get better for having to go against the best.
- Chris Emma of 670 The Score describes the move for Mack as a defining moment fora Bears franchise that didn’t have a playmaking superstar defender. They have players who you hoped would get there with development, practice reps, and game experience. But with Mack in the fold, there will be less pressure on some of the younger pieces on the defense. That should allow for them to let their abilities flow without the stress of having to try and do too much.
- Of course, not everyone was impressed with the trade that sent Mack to Chicago:
— Jay Sorgi (@jsorgi) September 1, 2018
Ask yourselves, #Packers fans: would you rather have a pair of first-round picks from a team quarterbacked by Mitch Trubisky, or teams quarterbacked by Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees? It's pretty simple, really. https://t.co/T19wX4DmSy
— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) September 1, 2018
- Imagine being a Raiders fan (or even a Raiders player) and your new head coach (who hasn’t been in an NFL locker room in a decade) comes in and uproots your team’s best player. Yeah, it’s a head-scratcher indeed:
#Raiders scratched off a lottery ticket, won big money, like REALLY big money. Then Gruden grabbed it and went back into the store and said "Can I just exchange this for a couple more lottery tickets instead?"
— Levi Damien (@LeviDamien) September 1, 2018
This is the sucky part of this business… Mornings like this, but we have a season to play and games to win!! #RaiderNation we feel your pain trust me but we need you next Monday night! 💀
— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) September 1, 2018
With this trade, Raiders announce they’re not willing to pay great players. Good luck selling that to Vegas-and to their locker room.
— Peter King (@peter_king) September 1, 2018
- There’s no doubt in my mind Mack has Pace’s back:
Khalil Mack is already there with the bail money. 💰💰💰
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) September 1, 2018
- Ha ha, nailed it:
The Raiders would have to file the Theft report with Oakland PD, as they would be the victim in your scenario….
— Chicago PD 14th Dist (@ChicagoCAPS14) September 1, 2018