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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.” 

Akiem Hicks not happy with Madden 20 ratings: ‘Tell them to come see me’

Akiem Hicks not happy with Madden 20 ratings: ‘Tell them to come see me’

EA Sports released the full Madden 20 player ratings for every team in the NFL, and not everyone was happy with the numbers they received.

The Bears shared a video of backup quarterback Chase Daniel revealing ratings to his teammates, and defensive lineman Akiem Hicks seemed the most upset of the group.

“Bring some of the scouts out here doing the madden ratings,” Hicks said. “Tell them to come see me.”

Hicks received an overall rating of 87, tied for fourth-highest on the team and 10th-highest among defensive ends.

He has the same rating as Green Bay Packers DE Mike Daniels and Detroit Lions DE Trey Flowers.

In the video, running back Tarik Cohen was disappointed with his 92 speed, which is tied for third-fastest on the team behind wide receivers Taylor Gabriel and Emanuel Hall.

Cohen does lead the Bears with 97 agility and 92 elusiveness, but he thought his throwing power stat should be higher than 51 after his two career passing touchdowns.

And now, a very scientific debate into just how fair all the Bears' Madden Ratings actually are

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And now, a very scientific debate into just how fair all the Bears' Madden Ratings actually are

It’s Madden Rankings Day, which can be a blessing I guess but certainly feels like mostly just a curse. You can see where each and every Bears player landed right here, or just take a look at this here tweet: 

Now let’s quickly break this down into tiers, going from Fair to Debatable to Honestly What Gives Madden: 

FAIR 

Khalil Mack (99) - Extremely fair! 

Eddie Jackson (91) - Inarguably fair! 

Eddie Goldman (85) - Most likely fair! He does not get much love because Akiem Hicks happens to be like, one of the most underrated defensive tackles in football, but Eddie Goldman is a starting caliber player. We’ll allow it! 

Leonard Floyd (77) - Probably fair! Floyd grades out in the mid-to-high 80’s when it comes to Speed, Acceleration, and Agility, and sags behind a bit when it comes to Awareness and Strength; that’s sort of always been the book on him. If he finishes the season at a 77, though, it probably didn’t go well. But for now, this feels fair.

Eddy Pinerio (66) - Fair for no reason other than the Bears’ kicking battle probably deserves a D. Sorry, Eddy. 

DEBATABLE 

Mitch Trubisky (75) - I get it - being told the starting QB of the team you root for may not be all that good is personally insulting on the highest level. It’s rude, and honestly how dare they. Did they even watch certain halves of Bears games?! Like Floyd, if Trubisky finishes the season at his current rating, Year 2 went sideways. 75 *does* seem to shortchange him a bit, but there’s also a pretty good argument to be made that this is right on. One might call it debatable! 

Roquan Smith (81) - He lead the team in tackles! And started in 14 games this season as a rookie! It’s the Awareness score (77) that’s keeping him in the low 80’s, which doesn’t seem accurate. 

Anthony Miller (75) - I get that he was hurt, but 75?! His Awareness (75) and Strength (68!) drag down what are otherwise high 80’s, low 90’s across the board. This blog boy’s personal opinion is that Anthony Miller is extremely for real and could easily end up as Madden’s highest-rated Bears WR when the season’s done. 

HONESTLY WHAT GIVES MADDEN 

Akiem Hicks (87) - Honestly what gives Madden? On the surface, 87 is not a bad score, and I have 18 years worth of report cards that would be happy to back that up. But Akiem Hicks is a 90+ player. Speed and Agility scores in the 60’s brings down his average, neither of which seemed to play a huge role in limiting his Pro Bowl level production. 87 for Hicks might be the most scoff-worthy score of them all. 

Cody Whitehair/James Daniels (81/77) - They’re viewed as the future of the Bears’ line, but realistically are way more the present. They’re also listed at the wrong positions, which, eye roll. I know that these aren’t entirely updated to reflect the present but come on guys, this switch was common knowledge back in March. Honestly Madden what gives?

Dax Raymond and Chase Daniel having the SAME rating (63) - Nothing against Dax, who will hopefully be terrific. But, mannnnn, that is disrespectful. An undrafted rookie getting the same ranking as a 9-year veteran who is, by most measures, considered one of the better backup QBs in the NFL. He’s certainly paid like it. 63! Put some respect on his name, Madden. What gives.