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A Reminder That Khalil Mack is Still the Best in the World

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Between changes throughout the Bearscoaching staff, at quarterback, in the secondary, and elsewhere on the roster, it can be easy to lose sight of what remains.

Here’s a courtesy reminder that Khalil Mack is (1) still a member of the Chicago Bears and (2) a very bad man:

Khalil Mack was the NFL’s best pass rusher last year. And to that I say: “Well, duh!”

Do you remember when he did this?

https://twitter.com/bleacherreport/status/1328523555324063744?s=21

Mack had a superlative year in 2020. He came away with 9 sacks, 11 tackles-for-loss, 13 quarterback hits, 3 forced fumbles, 2 recoveries, and an interception. In the end, it all added up to another Pro Bowl nomination, first-team All-Pro honors from PFF and the Pro Football Writers of America, as well as second-team All-Pro from the Associated Press.

Altogether, Mack’s Bears career has been nothing short of sparkling. In three years, he has 30 sacks, 29 tackles for loss, 45 quarterback hits, 14 forced fumbles, 5 recoveries, 2 interceptions, and a defensive touchdown. That is the type of production one comes to expect when a team trades a boatload in draft capital for a player and extends his contract to make him the highest-paid defender in the game. Despite the short-comings on the other side of the ball, the juice has been worth the squeeze. And every so often, we need to be poked and reminded of Mack’s awesomeness.

There will be time later to discuss how the Bears handle Mack as he enters his 30s. Mack’s snap share went from 86 percent in 2019 to 84 percent in 2020. Load management will be important moving forward. But perhaps the arrival of Justin Fields will spark new life in the offense, as well as rejuvenate players on the other side of the ball who have been carrying more than their fair share of the freight in recent years. Time will tell. But in the meantime, take a moment to appreciate Mack’s masterful work.



Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.