Why ESPN believes Khalil Mack will have another ‘mediocre’ season


ESPN released their predictions for the 100 Best Players of 2020 on Tuesday, and reader, I can already feel the anger welling up inside of your heart. Two Chicago players made the list: Khalil Mack (21) and Eddie Jackson (75). Some day Akiem Hicks will get the credit he deserves. 

And if you think you're mad now, just wait until you read what ESPN has to say about Mack, who was, you'll remember, the 21st player on this list: 

Mack had a mediocre 2019 (8.5 sacks, five forced fumbles) by his lofty standards. A former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Mack remains a dominant pass-rusher with double-digit sacks in four of the past five seasons. Chicago believes the addition of veteran outside linebacker Robert Quinn will make Mack even more dangerous in 2020. 

There's plenty of truth there – Mack did have an underwhelming season by his standards, and Robert Quinn – who's looked really good in training camp so far – should help quite a bit. How much does ESPN think it'll help? Exactly one half of a sack, apparently. Here's what they project for the Bears' star in 2020: 

  • 51 tackles, 9 sacks, 5 forced fumbles

That's ... not really any better? At all? It's also only nine tackles more than he had last year. I guess the theory is that Quinn would *also* be close to those numbers, therefore giving the Bears almost double the pass-rushing production they had in 2019? I don't know, reader. But it's been a while since you had a chance to vent about ESPN's opinions on the Bears, so here you are. Have at it.