Recap: The Bears officially introduce Khalil Mack K

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Recap: The Bears officially introduce Khalil Mack K

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halil Mack is a Chicago Bear. You know that. Now read it again. Khalil Mack is a Chicago Bear.Still not registering?Khalil Mack is a Chicago Bear.Has the reality set in yet? If not , you better prepare yourself. The fun is about to begin.Mack is being officially welcomed to Chicago by the Bears today at Halas Hall. A blockbuster trade needs a blockbuster welcome, after all. A tone-setter and generational superstar deserves the best the Bears have to offer. Here at Windy City Gridiron, we’ll have full coverage of the press conference for the Bears’ new face of their defense. You can’t let up in moments like these. Trading for Mack not only sent shockwaves around the NFL, but it made the Bears relevant again. It put them back on the map. Khalil Mack is a Chicago Bear.One more time. Khalil Mack is a Chicago Bear.Here’s a link to the Bears’ stream of their introduction of Mack on their website. And here’s the Twitter link of the presser. In one of the more momentous days in Bears franchise history, a day after they pulled off a coup for Mack, you could sense a palpable energy at 1920 Football Drive. Most importantly, you could sense Mack - fresh off his contract extension with Chicago - itching to get back to work amidst all the excitement. After missing the entire preseason due to his holdout with the Raiders, you’d forgive Mack if he wants to get past the formalities and start learning the Bears defense as soon as possible. Why is Mack enticed by what the Bears have to offer, beyond anything on the field? They showed an interest in paying him what he’s worth. A novel concept that isn’t difficult to understand. In missing the preseason, is the veteran Mack concerned about not being effective enough against the Packers next Sunday night? Not in the least, so stop wringing your hands. Joining the Bears is even easier for Mack when they not only have a coach to be excited about in Matt Nagy, but a roster ready to win now. That defensive roster for Chicago is obviously what Mack notices first. A group of “dogs” as he said, and a far cry from the shell of the Raiders’ defense. It’ll be nice to play with Akiem Hicks and Leonard Floyd. Is there any pressure on being the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player? Yes, and Mack is prepared to live up to the hype. A thought from Mack that his father adamantly agreed with. That pride is something Mack couldn’t take too far, however. It’s nice to mold these two together after competing against one another, isn’t it?All of this is too much for Mack. It’s time for football to speak first. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers await. After Mack left the podium, Bears general manager Ryan Pace and Nagy came to speak about the acquisition of the superstar.In an interesting tidbit, the seeds of a Mack trade went back as far as before training camp began for the Bears in mid-July. You have to explore every option if you’re Pace.There is such a thing as positional value, and Pace puts a lot of emphasis on it. Mack plays football’s second-most important position, and the aggressive Bears had to acquire him.Pace isn’t concerned about the lack of draft capital for the Bears in the near future. The best way of looking at it is that they just acquired a future Hall of Famer as their first-rounder in 2019. Everything will take care of itself. For as much as Mack believes he can go out and dominate right away despite missing August, Nagy knows the Bears have to be more cautious with him to start. Oh, and about those raised expectations with Mack’s addition? They didn’t have to be raised because they were already so high. It’s always been Super Bowl or bust for the Bears. Mack makes that fact more prominent.Robert is an editor, writer, and producer for Windy City Gridiron Authentic Cody Whitehair Jersey , The Rock River Times, The Athletic Chicago, and a host of other fine publications. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski and reach him by email at The Bear’s Den Open ThreadDenmaster Ken is recovering from surgery (broken ankle) and is unavailable to grab links for you today put together these links while zonked out of post-surgical anesthesia... and he’s not in the mood to re-do the entire thread, so here’s an open Den for you to talk about all things Chicago Bears plus your daily links.Let’s not forget to share the love to our good friends, the Packers Cheezeheads.Bear Down!!!!BEARRRRRSSSS縀lis: No, it actually doesn’t make sense for the Bears to trade for Patrick Peterson - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears already traded for a impact player on defense, remember?Mayer: 3 things that stood out in Week 7 loss - - Senior writer Larry Mayer identifies three things that stood out Sunday in the Bears’ 38-31 loss to the Patriots, including quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s scrambling ability.Medina: Mitch Trubisky Is Not About Moral Victories: “Close Doesn’t Cut It” - Bleacher Nation - Good wasn’t good enough for Mitch Trubisky.Weidman: Bears ugly performance can motivate change - Our Turf Football - OTFB’s Wanda Wiedman brings up a list of things the Chicago Bears can learn from after their NFL Week 7 matchup against the New England Patriots.5@5: Are Bears Better Than A .500 Team? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.Emma: Matt Nagy - Bears’ Running Game Still Figuring Itself Out - 670 The Score - ”You become one-dimensional, you’re in trouble,” Matt Nagy says.Finley: How Bears fared in Week 7 loss to Patriots - Sun Times - Some weeks are better than others for the Bears. Here’s how three Bears fared in Sunday’s 38-31 home loss to the Patriots:Kane: Matt Nagy sticks with his assessment - Mitch Trubisky ‘played better than most people think’ against the Patriots - Chicago Tribune - If Mitch Trubisky’s final grade from Sunday is in the eye of the beholder, Bears coach Matt Nagy shaded toward focusing on his quarterback’s positives Monday after a meeting with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady that few outsiders predicted the Bears would pull off anyway.Wiederer: Bears coach Matt Nagy explains not taking an end-zone shot on the final play of the first half - Chicago Tribune - The Bears chose not to throw a pass into the end zone on the final play of Sunday's first half against the Patriots. On Sunday afternoon and again on Monday, coach Matt Nagy detailed his thought process on the odd sequence.Biggs: It's unfair to blame Jordan Howard alone for the sluggish running game - Chicago Tribune - In reviewing Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Patriots, the offensive line is at fault for ongoing struggles in the running game, making it unfair to pin criticism solely on Jordan Howard. And Mitch Trubisky was far too inaccurate in his passing.Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts on the Bears' 38-31 loss to the Patriots - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs offers his 10 thoughts after the Bears came up short in a 38-31 loss to the Patriots. Was coach Matt Nagy too positive about quarterback Mitch Trubisky? The QB sure showed off great wheels rushing for 81 yards. Special teams stunk, Trey Burton was rock solid, and much more.Wiederer: After an up-and-down performance, Mitch Trubisky nails it: 'Close doesn't cut it' - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky mixed moments of brilliance with head-scratching mistakes Sunday in a 38-31 loss to the New England Patriots. Now Trubisky and the Bears have to get back up with an understanding that they still have 10 games and a boatload of experiences ahead.Bear Download podcast: Bears lose in all 3 phases to Patriots - Chicago Tribune - Rich and Dan break down the Bears' 38-31 loss to the Patriots in Week 7 from the Soldier Field press level: A big-picture perspective (3:30 mark),...Kane & Campbell: Kevin White finally makes a big play, but it only fuels Bears' frustration - Chicago Tribune - On the final play of the Bears’ 38-31 loss to the Patriots, quarterback Mitch Trubisky let a 54-yard pass rip toward the end zone. Kevin White jumped up in front of two Patriots defenders and came down with the ball at the 1-yard line.Talarico: Bears' Backs Officially Against the Wall After Consecutive Disappointing Games - Da Bears Brothers - After dropping two straight, it will be crucial to see how the Chicago Bears respond to their first real test of adversity.Bears grades: Was the defense *that* bad? - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' defense struggled at times on Sunday, and didn't pressure Tom Brady much, but also only allowed 24 points on 10 possessions.Jahns: Five takeaways from the Bears’ 38-31 loss - Sun Times - From the Bears’ game plan against Tom Brady to Khalil Mack playing through injury, here are five observations from Week 7.Bears Matt Nagy doubles down on quarterback Mitch Trubisky - ‘He played better than most people think’ - A self-proclaimed “rep person Authentic Anthony Miller Jersey ,” Trubisky thrives on experience. Failure is just as valuable — maybe even more valuable — than success.Finley: Matt Nagy - Why I didn’t try a Hail Mary before halftime - Sun Times - Just because the Bears’ Hail Mary try at the end of Sunday’s game almost worked doesn’t mean that they should have tried the same tack before halftimeFinley: Why did Khalil Mack drop into pass coverage Sunday? - Sun Times - What role did Mack’s injured right ankle play in the decision? Was chasing slippery pass-catchers really easier on his ankle?Morrissey: Bears have a long way to go to be elite - Sun Times - It’s hard to believe that many fans walked out of Soldier Field on Sunday thinking their team was ready to take on the world. Not even close.POLISH SAUSAGECowboys trade 1st-round pick to Raiders for Amari Cooper, break NFL’s trade market - Acme Packing Company - In their desperation, Dallas likely raised NFL teams’ asking prices for big-name players with the trade deadline approaching.KNOW THY ENEMYESPN ranks the Lions’ offensive tackles... 30th in the NFL? - Pride Of Detroit - ESPN has a new stat and it doesn’t make any sense.How big was that win yesterday? - Daily Norseman - If you like playoff predictions and odds, it was a pretty big dealIN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRONInfante: With hand injury nearly healed, excuses running out for Leonard Floyd - Windy City Gridiron - Time is running out for the ninth pick in the 2016 draft to pick up the slack.Infante: Bears vs. Patriots - Notes from 38-31 loss - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears fell to 3-3 with their second consecutive loss.Wiltfong: Bears vs. Patriots - Snap counts, stats, and more - Windy City Gridiron - We’ll list out the complete playing time breakdown, and spotlight a few individual and team statistics from the Chicago Bears in their gut-wrenching loss to the New England Patriots.Leming: Week 7 game balls after the first home loss of the year - Windy City Gridiron - For the first time since Week 3, the Bears find themselves out of first place after a second straight loss. 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