Joe Maddon has salient take on Khalil Mack joining Bears

By Jesse Reed

One of the biggest moves the NFL has seen in years transpired when the Chicago Bears acquired star pass rusher Khalil Mack in a trade with the Oakland Raiders.

It’s a move that has some serious ripple effects around the league, including what is expected out of the Bears in Matt Nagy’s first season at the helm.

Leave it to Chicago Cubs skipper Joe Maddon to hit on something that is perhaps even more significant to the Bears than any of that, however.

On Tuesday, Maddon was on air with Bernstein and McKnight of 670 The Score and said, “I think it really recreates their identity. The Bears have always been about defense, and who’s more about defense than (Khalil Mack) right now?”

Truer words ne’er spoken.

Like Dick Butkus and Brian Urlacher before him, Mack absolutely does bring some serious teeth back into the Chicago defense.

Whether that leads to great success remains to be seen. One thing we do know for sure is that he’s walking into a great situation with Vic Fangio as his defensive coordinator, along with some talented teammates, including rookie star linebacker Roquan Smith.