Chicago Bears missing person’s report: OLB Khalil Mack
By Nathan Burns
Where has the Chicago Bears biggest franchise player Khalil Mack gone?
Is it the six-game losing streak? Is it the pathetic offense that is currently ranked third-worst in the NFL? We as fans are ignoring what is supposed to be the Chicago Bears “best player” and his disappointing 2020 season. Why are we giving the $23.5 million dollar man a pass? I’m tired of the comparisons to Aaron Donald. I’m sorry but Khalil Mack is nowhere near Aaron Donald. Just like Allen Robinson is nowhere near DeAndre Hopkins or Julio Jones.
Yes, Khalil Mack gets double teamed sometimes but there are plenty of times he doesn’t. Aaron Donald is double-teamed almost every single play and still gets pressure on the quarterback It’s like as fans we have this mindset that Mack is elite. When in reality, he hasn’t been since the 2018 season.
We need to cut this nonsense of giving the Chicago Bears’ ‘star’ a pass. No one should be getting a pass on this team. The Bears are horrible this season and could easily be 3-8. They got lucky with D’Andre Swift dropping the game-winning touchdown in Week 1. Then the Falcons had a historic choke and gifted the Chicago Bears a win in Week 3. At one point the Falcons had a 99.6 percent chance of winning and ended up losing.
The Bears gave up 34 points to a Lion’s team that scored zero just two weeks prior.
The Chicago Bears 2018 season seems like forever ago
The only guys on defense that are making more money than Khalil Mack this season are Joey Bosa ($27 million) and Myles Garrett ($25 Million). Aaron Donald comes in at No. 4, making $22.5 million a year. For having the third-highest salary on defense, Mack sure isn’t earning it.
He sits at 22nd overall in total quarterback pressures (23), while Joey Bosa (37) and Aaron Donald (34) sit at second and third overall. Garrett on the other hand sits at 15th overall with 25 pressures despite missing two games. Bosa has also missed two games and is playing on another level. These guys are earning their contract. Mack on the other hand is not.
On another note, let’s talk sacks. Mack is currently 20th in the NFL with a total of 6.5 sacks. As you may have guessed, Bosa (7.5), Donald (11), and Garrett (10.5) are all ahead of him. Donald comes in at second, Garrett at fourth, and Bosa at 11th overall. One of the biggest steals is Pittsburgh Steelers OLB T.J. Watt. While only making an average salary of 2.3 million a year, Watt is 1st in sacks (12) and quarterback pressures (49). He is the one that deserves to be making $23.5 million, not Khalil Mack.
The man we let go to the Rams (Leanord Floyd), currently has the same number of combined tackles and half a sack more than Mack. I’m not comparing the two on a talent level because Mack is obviously better than Floyd. I’m just throwing that out there to show a different perspective of it. I don’t even want to talk about Robert Quinn and that dumpster fire. That is all on Ryan Pace and adds to the list of reasons why he should be looking for a new job.
With his contract being guaranteed until 2024, the Bears need to look into trading Khalil Mack.