Vic Fangio says Khalil Mack could have ‘domino effect’ on Bears teammates

Heather Diaz
September 10, 2018

Along with free agent tight end Trey Burton, signed away from the Philadelphia Eagles, and speed receiver Taylor Gabriel, the Bears have several threats for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to lean on this season. The game's a little different.

Nagy took over for John Fox, the defensive authority who helped lead the Denver Broncos to a win in Super Bowl XLVIII. It was an offensive turnaround like no other, yet they could be even better this season. They also drafted a promising prospect in receiver Anthony Miller in the second round of the 2018 draft. "I think he understands the game".

On Thursday at Halas Hall, Fangio had a rosier picture to reflect on, with Smith in the fold and former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack on board at outside linebacker preparing for Sunday's opener against the Packers.

Mack's only game against Green Bay was back in 2015. He's yet another wrinkle the Packers' have to gameplan for ahead of Sunday.

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"It's a chain reaction, a domino effect and hopefully, that's what we'll see", Fangio said. "Obviously he's an extraordinary player and excellent addition to their football team". Fangio now has one of the best pass rushers in the National Football League leading an already solid defense, not a bad consolation after he got passed over for the head coaching job in favor of Matt Nagy. The No. 8 overall draft pick held out the first three weeks of training camp before agreeing to a four-year contract that guarantees him $18.5 million.

Still, the Bears will toss Mack into a defense that finished in the NFL's top 10 in points allowed in 2017 and retained almost all of its top-of-the-depth-chart players. Smith and Floyd will benefit significantly from Mack's presence.

While the plan may be for his snaps to be limited, there won't be a strict cap on them along the lines of a pitch count for a baseball player. "So him being there, it just gives me more freedom to have one-on-ones". It's the fewest number of games Rodgers has played in a season since 2007. The Packers now hold a 96-94-6 record in the all-time series. Rodgers has been especially dominant facing Chicago winning 16 out of 19 games throwing for 4,813 passing yards and 41 total touchdowns. The NFC North is arguably the NFL's best division making a fast start all the more important. Head coach Mike McCarthy said the offensive staff broke down game film and ramped up their work when Bears coach Matt Nagy confirmed what the opposition already suspected, that Mack will be on the field Sunday night.

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