OLBs/asst. head coach, Ted Monachino
It's not exactly breaking news that Khalil Mack keeps opposing offensive coordinators up at night. But when a team has that kind of attention grabber, a weapon who dictates the way the opposition must think, as the Bears do, it's critical to avoid becoming complacent with his deployment and always remain a step ahead. That's why, Monachino explained, the Bears intend to make it difficult to find Mack.
"So with Khalil and being able to predict that they're going to talk about how do we deal with Khalil Mack on every snap," Monachino said, "being able to move him into different spots and being able to show him in different ways and to do diferent things with him, it's going to be really valuable to the defense."
After Mack aligned almost exclusively on the left side of the defense during his four years in Oakland, the Bears began using him on the right when he returned from his high ankle sprain around midseason. The most profound effect might have been on Leonard Floyd, who tallied all five of his sacks in the final nine games and appeared more effective coming off Mack's vacated left edge.
As for Mack, the Bears don't want him freelancing, but they do want to diversify his areas from which to attack.
"There will be opportunities for him to do a variety of things from a variety of different alignments," he said. "Freedom, he has a little bit, but variety, he has plenty. There are plenty of things that we're going to try to use him for and to do with him that allow him to showcase the things that he does well."
We're here for a sub-rush look that features Mack aligned inside of Akiem Hicks.