Chicago Bears: Sean Desai will greatly impact these players
By Ryan Heckman
The Chicago Bears will get every bit of Khalil Mack under Sean Desai
When the Bears traded for Khalil Mack just before the start of the 2018 season, they knew they were getting an absolute monster. It was almost comical how much Mack impacted the game in Week 1 of that season, even after hardly practicing with the team or knowing the scheme.
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All Fangio had to do was tell Mack: “go get the quarterback.”
That’s it. That’s all it took.
Mack knows how to do one thing exceptionally well, and if he’s fully healthy, he will wreck games single-handedly. This past season, he may have been playing hurt according to the Bears’ leadership. But, that’s a story for another day.
Getting Mack back to full health is a top priority, and then it’s pretty simple: don’t let the man drop back into coverage. In fact, don’t let him do anything except going after the quarterback. He should have one job and one job only, but Pagano failed to see that at times.
Desai and Mack need to have a chat early on. It should include a few screenshots and headlines of what some people are saying now that they look back on the trade from a couple of years ago. Did the Bears lose? Did the Raiders win? Did both teams lose?
If Desai learned anything from Fangio, it’s that he needs to put his guys in the best possible situation to succeed — and that success must come through aggression. Pagano didn’t know the meaning of “aggression,” so it’ll be up to Desai to get Mack and the pass rush back to that style of play — and he will.