Gruden: We all Came to a Decision on Mack Together
- Author: Stacy Allen Sep 05, 2018,
Sep 05, 2018, 4:41
The Oakland Raiders were never sold on the idea of moving superstar Khalil Mack. "And regardless of how you look at it, that's what it's all about to me", said Mack, "I'm going to go out and work hard and make sure I put my step on it". "We've had one winning season in 14 years", he said. I don't blame Gurley, or any running back, for not wanting to absorb a tackle from the University of Buffalo great.
Mack is one of the best defensive players in the National Football League, so it was a shock for a Raiders team that expects to contend for a Super Bowl to deal arguably its best player. Alongside Mack will be former Georgia stars Roquan Smith and Leonard Floyd, also Kentucky Wildcat Danny Trevathan. Nagy says you can sense the team is excited for Mack to be there.
Now, there's nothing for the Raiders to do but move on - as Carr said they would - and hope that the Bears are bad so that those first-round picks become top-10 picks.
"When we first came in, we planned the next 10 to 15 years of our life, and I think that's the weirdest part, is that it's a little bit of a different chapter now", Carr explained in his first comments since Saturday's trade. "...'I wanted him gone, he wanted him here.' We made a decision as an organization".
Now though, Mack has a new football home, while Carr remains tasked with getting the Silver and Black ready for their 2018 opener against the Los Angeles Rams.
"(He) said what he said, invited anyone who needed to talk to him, open door", Carr said. "The Bears made us an offer that we thought was really unique and it was very, very tough to say goodbye to a great player".
O-line check: Nagy didn't confirm Eric Kush will start at left guard for the Bears on Sunday but he said "there's a good chance" that will happen. I want to be known as the best to play the game.
If Mack keeps up at this pace, he's a Hall of Famer. Said Nagy: "I'm not going to sit here and say 100 percent because we haven't declared that yet". We got a job to do.' I think that's the mark of Mr. [Reggie] McKenzie and Coach [Jon] Gruden bringing in the right kind of people.
DL Akiem Hicks led the Bears with 8.5 sacks last year, but he won't see as many double-teams this year, playing alongside Mack, who's had 36.5 sacks over the past three seasons. "Like you said we got close over this period of time".