Bears news: Khalil Mack says learning from Chuck Pagano has been beneficial
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Bears superstar Khalil Mack says learning from Chuck Pagano has been beneficial

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Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack is learning a great deal from new defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano.

Mack told 670 The Score Bears reporter Chris Emma on May 29 learning from Pagano “has been very beneficial” for him.

Pagano’s resume as a football coach covers more than 30 years of experience. He was the Baltimore Ravens’ defensive coordinator during the 2011 NFL season. A year later, the Indianapolis Colts hired him as their head coach.

After the Colts fired him early last year, Pagano now assumes a defensive coordinator role with the Bears. There’s no question Mack is the focal point of Pagano’s defense.

Chicago acquired the 27-year-old Mack in a trade with the Oakland Raiders in September 2018. Mack made his presence felt the moment he put on a Bears uniform.

In 13 games with Chicago, Mack registered 47 tackles, 12.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one interception. He helped the Bears win 12 of 16 games and, consequently, the NFC North division, last year.

Mack told Emma he wants to become the greatest pass rusher in the history of the NFL. Among the football greats, he looks up to include Lawrence Taylor and the late Derrick Thomas.

I hold myself to that standard every day.

I mean, you got (Lawrence Taylor), you got Derrick Thomas. You got special, special guys that have played this position and that’s all you can do is kind of chase. You can’t really compare those guys, the best of the best.

The Pagano-Mack combination bodes well for a Bears team with Super Bowl aspirations in the 2019 NFL season. Expect Mack to be his usual dominant self once the league’s 100th season kicks off in the fall.