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Bears special team and defensive coaches met the media today

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After their offensive coaching staff met the media yesterday via a video press conference, the Chicago Bears made their special teams and defensive assistants available today, and it was just as interesting as Wednesday’s calls.

While we didn’t get any table pounding, we did find out that Khalil Mack attended the teams offseason video meetings from his weight room and he’s ready to prove to the league just how dominant he can be.

“Motivation is not an issue with Khalil; never has been,” outside linebackers coach Ted Monachino said earlier today via the Bear Report. “But what I’ll tell you is that he has approached this offseason with something to prove and that’s something that I think we all can be encouraged by. I think that that’s something that’s exciting when a player of his caliber approaches his work the way he has approached it.”

Mack has been one of the top players in the NFL the last few years, but the Bears 8-8 record in 2019 and his lowest sack total (8.5) since his rookie season, has him extra motivated.

Getting a healthy Akiem Hicks back, and having a legit edge rushing threat in Robert Quinn playing opposite him, should give opposing offenses fits.

“We want to be the best defense in the National Football League, and he (Mack) wants to be one of the best players in the National Football League,” says defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano. “But more importantly, he just wants to win.”

Mack may have had a down year statistically a year ago, but the impact he had on the game was a big as ever with o-lines sliding his way, backs and tight ends chipping him, and getting double and triple teamed.

“I just think that this is a special guy that has something to prove and has approached the last several months with a chip on his shoulder,” Monachino said. “And I think that’s good for everybody.”

Here are some more nuggets from today’s press conferences from Twitter, and if the pressers are made available by the Bears we’ll try share them in their entirety.