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Why Bears’ Khalil Mack is ‘motivated’ entering 2020 season

Chicago Bears star Khalil Mack is even more motivated entering the 2020 season, something that should be scary for the rest of the NFL North and the league. Defensive assistant Ted Monachino knows that motivation has never been an issue with Mack, but he has approached this offseason with motivation.

“Motivation is not an issue with Khalil — never has been,” Monachino said via the Chicago Tribune. “But what I’ll tell you is that he has approached this offseason with something to prove, and that’s something that we all can be encouraged by. That’s something that’s exciting when a player of his caliber approaches his work the way he has approached it.”

Last season Mack was still a problem for offenses, but his production numbers really took a hit. Mack finished with 8.5 sacks and 14 quarterback hits, his lowest numbers since his rookie season. Defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano has said before part of that has been because of him. Pagano knows this season that he needs to do a better job of getting Mack in a better position to increase his production.

The Bears also added Robert Quinn on a five-year deal worth $70 million. Quinn is moving from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 base, but Pagano thinks he will still find a lot of success.

“Everybody just thinks (Quinn) can rush the passer, but he’s relentless, he’s tough, he’s athletic, he’s physical,” Pagano said. “He’ll play really good against the run. There’s some things he’ll have to adapt to from a schematic standpoint. But he’s done a great job to this point with picking up the playbook stuff.”

The hope on offense is Nick Foles or Mitchell Trubisky will lead the offense to more success, but there is still going to be a lot of pressure on the defense to carry the team to wins.