With the Philadelphia Eagles Week 9 game versus the Chicago Bears approaching, let’s take a look at the other team’s best player, Khalil Mack.
By now, the disappointment that some of you felt following a quiet week that was punctuated by a quiet NFL trade deadline should be over. The Philadelphia Eagles landed neither the big-name cornerback nor the highly-touted wide receiver, and now, it’s time to move on from that and begin discussing the Chicago Bears.
You can’t do that without bringing up one of the best players in the entire NFL regardless of position, Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack. Heading into this season, his peers nominated him as the third-best player in pro football on the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2019.
Take a look.
Clip courtesy of the NFL’s official YouTube channel
It’s almost impossible to comprehend what Jon Gruden was thinking. One of his first moves, when he returned to the Oakland Raiders, was getting rid of the best player he had on his team. That was on September 1st of 2018, following Mack’s preseason holdout.
Oakland traded Mack, a 2020 second-round pick, and a conditional fifth-round draft pick in 2020 to Chicago for a 2019 first-round selection (one that led to them taking Josh Jacobs 24th overall) and a 2019 sixth-round selection. Oakland also got a 2020 first-round pick and a 2020 third-round selection.
The long-term effect of the deal has yet to be determined, but we can confirm two things. It’s been all good in ‘Chi-Town’, and the Raiders have admittedly been looking for pass rushers this season. In his first game as a member of the Bears, Mack came up huge. He registered a sack, forced fumble, and a fumble recovery on the same play, and he intercepted a pass that he took 27 yards to paydirt.
So far, in 2019’s regular season, he has 27 total tackles (24 were solo and three resulted in a loss of yardage), 5.5 sacks, three passes defended, four forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. It’s been impossible to confirm this, but it’s probably safe to say that they’re talking about him a lot at the Novacare Complex.