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You're going to see some of Richard Dent's best moves from Khalil Mack this season

You're going to see some of Richard Dent's best moves from Khalil Mack this season

With almost every Chicago Bears legend under one roof last weekend, it’d be hard to blame fans attending the Bears 100 celebration for being a little overwhelmed. In fact, the level of prestige at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont even left some of the current Bears’ players star-struck. 

“Oh man, it was amazing,” Khalil Mack said on Tuesday, from the podium at Halas Hall. “Getting to see all the Hall of Famers and all the past players. It was an honor to be a part of this rich history around the Bears’ organization. Just taking it all in, it was amazing.”

An obvious point of interest from the weekend was Mack’s conversations with Bears icon Richard Dent. The two pass rushing legends got to chat extensively at the event, going back and forth for close to half an hour. For Mack, the conversation was the highlight of a weekend jam-packed with them. 

“Talking to Richard Dent definitely was one of [my favorite moments,]” he said. “Getting his input on the game. Not only that, after I talked to him I played it back and saw what he actually did throughout his whole career here, and it is very special. That definitely has got to be one of my favorite moments.”

As it stands today, 32 pass rushers stand between Mack and Dent, the latter of which still holds the Bears’ franchise record for career sacks (124.5). Despite the 112 sacks that separate the two, Dent sees much of himself -- and the Bears’ 1985 defense -- in Mack and Co. 

“When you look at it, (Khalil Mack and Leonard Floyd) and then you got (Akiem) Hicks in the middle, you can’t double everybody,” Dent said over the weekend at the Bears100 Celebration in Rosemont. “That’s just like us. To me, this team looks just like us in ’84, ’85 when we really started to jell to be the best we could be competing with one another.”

Throughout different moments of the 2018 season, videos of a pass-rushing Mack knocking down offensive linemen with just one arm not only went viral, but soon became the norm. With every feat of comically-Herculean strength he would perform, the more his legend -- both in Chicago and on the national stage -- grew. So when Mack and Dent were seen talking over the weekend, speculation about what the two discussed, or any advice that was given, ran wild. 

“[He was] a dominant force coming off the edge,” Mack added. “The things that he showed me is exactly what he did. The same things. Just understanding angles and understanding—he kept telling me about basketball, how you check up somebody in basketball. The same way he kind of put his elbow on somebody is the same thing I saw on the film.” 

When asked whether fans could expect Mack to incorporate some of Dent’s technique, or at least some of the tips he got, into the arsenal next season, Mack kept it short and sweet, smiling from ear-to-ear. 

“Hell yeah.” 

The Match: Peyton Manning uses new Bears QB Nick Foles to troll Tom Brady

The Match: Peyton Manning uses new Bears QB Nick Foles to troll Tom Brady

America got a taste of live sports on Sunday via The Match, a charity golf outing pitting Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady. The competition raised $10 million for coronavirus relief.

It also offered Manning the chance to take a friendly jab at Brady, long his competitor on the gridiron, using new Bears quarterback Nick Foles.

In a mid-match interview, Manning noted how it's difficult to get to Brady's head on the field. The former Colts and Broncos quarterback then named two potential caddies he could have brought to disrupt Brady's focus: his brother, Eli Manning, and Foles.

"Do you bring Eli? Could do that," Manning said. "Do you bring Nick Foles? Maybe."

"Cheap shot," Brady said in response, grinning.

The Philadelphia Eagles beat Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII two years ago, with Foles, a backup turned starter, leading the charge. Based on Brady's comment, Manning may have struck a nerve with the six-time Super Bowl champion.

Foles got in on the fun on Twitter:

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2020 Bears Schedule: Will Gardner Minshew mania grip Jacksonville again?

2020 Bears Schedule: Will Gardner Minshew mania grip Jacksonville again?

The game

The Bears will make a late-season visit to Jacksonville on Dec. 27. The last time the Bears faced the Jaguars, Jacksonville prevailed 17-16 on Oct. 16, 2016, thanks to a late TD pass from Blake Bortles to former Fighting Illini wide receiver Arrelious Benn. Rest assured, there will be some extra motivation on the sideline this time around, as former Jaguars Nick Foles and Allen Robinson face their ex-teammates.

Player to watch

The Bears will be facing the man who replaced Foles as Jaguars starting QB last season, Gardner Minshew. In 14 games, he threw for nearly 3,300 yards with 21 TD and 6 INT, but Jacksonville ranked just 26th in the league in total scoring and limped to a 6-10 record. Entering his first full season as the unquestioned starter, Minshew will have DJ Chark as a top target after the wideout exploded onto the scene last season.

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Additions and subtractions

One defensive standout to keep an eye on is Yannick Ngakoue, Jacksonville’s best pass-rusher who had the franchise tag placed on him but has repeatedly demanded a trade. Whether or not a trade partner is found will be the biggest issue facing the team as they head toward training camp, whenever that may be. Jacksonville also added talented but injury-plagued tight end Tyler Eifert in free agency.

Key storyline

Since their tough loss in the 2018 AFC Championship game to the Patriots, the Jaguars have torn their roster to shreds as they move into the next era of their franchise. Standout players sent packing over the last year or so include Calais Campbell, Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, Marcell Dareus, and of course, Nick Foles.

New GM David Caldwell is nearly done purging the roster, and that means this Jacksonville team will be playing the long game and likely setting themselves up for a top pick in next year’s draft.

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