Bears’ Khalil Mack: “We’re Hungrier than We Were Last Year”

Khalil Mack with the Bears in 2018. Photo by Damon Tarver/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Chicago Bears All-Pro linebacker Khalil Mack wasn’t a part of the team’s training camp in 2018, as he was still a member of Oakland Raiders at the time. This, however, didn’t stop him to have a productive season and help the Bears to their first NFC North championship since 2010 last season.

Now, as he enters his first preseason with the Bears organization, Mack has even bigger expectations for both himself and his team.

“We’re hungrier than we were last year,” – said Mack according to NBC Sports’ JJ Stankevitz. “I’m speaking for myself, as well. I’m way hungrier than I was last year.”

Although Mack managed to have 12.5 sacks to go with 47 tackles, one interception, and one touchdown in his first year in Chicago, he still doesn’t view it as a success.

“It definitely wasn’t good enough,” – he added. “Just looking forward to this year and getting better.”

After seven years of not being in the playoffs, Bears managed to turn around their fortune in 2018 and emerge as a fringe Super Bowl contender. The acquisition of Khalil Mack played a big part in this as the 28-year-old gave them a desperately needed pass rush boost and solidified their defense.

Bears finished the season with a 12-4 record, good for Wild Card spot in the playoffs where they suffered 15-16 loss to Philadelphia Eagles.