Pinch yourself. Rub your eyes. Whatever you have to do to wake yourself up. Yes, it’s still real.
In what will go down as one of the biggest trades in both Bears and NFL history, Chicago pushed it’s hands in on a beyond aggressive deal for now former Raiders dynamo pass rusher, Khalil Mack. Say what you will of parts of the Bears roster that still have to prove themselves: this organization wants to compete for championships now. You don’t give up what the Bears gave up for Mack if you don’t expect to win immediately.
So what does this mean exactly for the Bears’ immediate future?
Windy City Gridiron staff writer Aaron Leming joined me on the latest WCG Radio to discuss the aftermath of the Bears shaking up the football world with Mack, how expectations should change, and to join in on a round of applause for general manager Ryan Pace.
On this episode of WCG Radio
- The Mack trade details are in: initial thoughts
- The Raiders’ perspective: what is Jon Gruden thinking?
- Draft capital and financial flexibility is perennially overrated
- What adding Mack does for an evolving Bears defense
- Where do the Bears sit in the NFC and NFL landscape now?
- How acquiring Mack helps Mitchell Trubisky, and what that says about him
- Expectations are justifiably astromically high
- Applauding Pace for going all-in
Robert is an editor, writer, and producer for Windy City Gridiron, The Rock River Times, The Athletic Chicago, and other fine publications. Aaron is a writer for Windy City Gridiron and The Bear Report. You can follow them on Twitter @RobertZeglinski and @AaronLemingNFL.