When the Raiders traded Khalil Mack, who’s arguably the best defensive player in the NFL, Jon Gruden, forever, attached his career to the All-Pro rusher.
Although Gruden got his first NFL victory when the Oakland Raiders pulled out a 45-42 overtime win against the Cleveland Browns, the $100 million dollar coach misses his former superstar.
Mack’s ability to apply pressure and take down the quarterback has become commonplace in his first four games in Chicago. The Bears are ranked third in points allowed and second in turnovers forced, while the Raiders have struggled to get pressure on the quarterback and rank 31st in yards allowed.
On Sunday, as Gruden and his staff prepared for that day’s matchup with Cleveland, the coach was reminded of Mack’s dominance this season. The edge-rusher had recorded another strip sack. According to NFL Network’s Mike Silver, Gruden was really impressed.
“Khalil Mack had another strip sack?” Gruden said, according to Silver. “Are you … kidding me?
Mack finished Sunday’s game with four tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss, one pass deflection, one quarterback hit, and forced fumbles. He’s also stirred up MVP consideration with his dominating play.
Besides recording at least one sack and one forced fumble in every game. Mack has racked up 17 tackles, five sacks, four forced fumbles, and one interception that he returned for a touchdown in his first four games with the Bears.
Mack has helped change the course of the Bears defense this season as Gruden continues to look silly pondering about how hard it is to find a great pass rusher.
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