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Broncos’ Bradley Chubb has studied tape of how Vic Fangio used Khalil Mack with Bears

Bradley Chubb, Vic Fangio, Khalil Mack, Broncos

Denver Broncos edge rusher Bradley Chubb is coming off a promising rookie campaign. He is hoping head coach Vic Fangio can help him potentially get on the same level as Chicago Bears defensive end Khalil Mack.

Vic Fangio spent the 2018 NFL season coaching one of the most formidable defensive units in the league. According to Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic, Bradley Chubb has been studying tape to see how Fangio utilized Khalil Mack on defense last season:

“Sometimes they would have Khalil and Leonard on the same side,” Chubb said. “Sometimes they had Khalil at a three-technique with Leonard on the other side. Just all of the things that you can do, I think it’s going to be special.”

Chubb added that he feels obligated to take on more of a leadership role as well.

“We knew we could be leaders last year, but like I said, we just had to understand our place and just get in where we fit in pretty much,” he said. “Now I feel like with a whole year under our belt, we can be a little bit more vocal … It’s going to help the team in every aspect. Our main thing is still no overstepping our boundaries and just making sure everybody is on the same page.”

It is certainly encouraging to see such a young, talented player not rest on his merits. Chubb followed through on the hype as one of the premier pass rushers of his draft class by breaking linebacker Von Miller’s rookie sack record with 12 last season. He is now aiming to take his play to the next level.

Mack is an ideal player for Chubb to model his game after. The former has long established himself as one of the league’s premier pass rushers. He is now the highest-paid defensive player in the league because of it. It is safe to assume that Fangio will try to experiment with his new, talented pass-rushing duo in a number of different formations. Chubb is hoping it will lead to increased production for him and the Broncos, a franchise not accustomed to missing the playoffs in consecutive seasons.