What: Green Bay Packers (0-0) vs.
OLB Khalil Mack, he of the 36.5 sacks over the previous three years; and rookie ILB Roquan Smith, the eighth overall pick in the draft, didn't participate in training camp or the preseason.
Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was quick to cite Aaron Donald's snap count from his first game in 2017 following a holdout that extended through the eve of the regular season. This Bears team is far different than years past and Green Bay may be entering into the unknown. Like Mack, neither player was on their current team this time last season. "I think it's obvious that we haven't practiced a whole lot together".
Donald ended his unsuccessful holdout a day before the Rams' opener past year and played in his first game eight days later.
When asked how he felt when he found out the Bears acquired Mack on Saturday, Fangio deadpanned, "Great".
Rodgers has flustered the Bears by winning 15 of his 19 career encounters, completing 409 of 604 passes for 4,596 yards with 42 touchdowns against just nine interceptions. "It's just, well, shoot, a lot bit more ferocious".
"He's a premier guy", Bulaga said.
"I have a really good idea of what this offense looks like and where we're at and how we need to go about our business and execute our plays", Trubisky said. That's what I'm looking forward to doing. "I think first-year coaches are probably the biggest challenge". "That comes with taking away the ball and giving the offense a short field".
There are other things that Mack has to get done as well, since he had to arrive in Chicago immediately following the trade in order to get ready to play Sunday. "It's a difference, like if I'm trying to reach and grab for a tackle". "They're like 'No, we're serious.' I said 'No, you're making me mad, get out of here". Mack was dealt by the Raiders after they were unable to lock him into a long-term deal. "It's going to be somebody up front getting doubled, and whoever ain't doubled has got to make plays". In fact, a two-game sweep of the league's oldest rivalry previous year put the Packers ahead 96-94-6 all-time. "He's a good football player".
"Just like good corner play will make (Mack) better, good ILB play will make everybody better".
"Again, it's how much we want to do with him and what works", Nagy said. "It's just watch the way he reacted when he was given his opportunity".