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Khalil Mack sat out offseason workouts and the preseason , had just one week to learn a new system following a blockbuster trade, and still managed to dominate in his debut for the Chicago Bears.The two-time All-Pro performed exactly as envisioned in a prime-time opener.The Bears hope for more of that when they host Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night. They'd just like a different outcome.Chicago blew a 20-point lead in the second half against Green Bay on Sunday night, with a hobbled Aaron Rodgers leading the Packers to a 24-23 victory that spoiled Matt Nagy's coaching debut. But before that rally, Mack was the one stealing the spotlight."Obviously he's stepped in very well," defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. "But I think everybody likes to overanalyze things 鈥?how much can you play a guy that's just come in like that, no training camp, no nothing, hasn't played since whenever his last game was last season? But I think with special guys, you throw that stuff out the window. He's a special player. He did special things under special circumstances."Mack held out the entire offseason and preseason with Oakland while seeking a long-term contract extension rather than play under the final year of his rookie deal. The Raiders finally traded him two weeks ago. And the Bears gave Mack the richest deal ever for an NFL defensive player: a six-year, $141 million extension that guarantees $90 million.Some long sessions getting up to speed with outside linebackers coach Brandon Staley followed."I've been ready for the grind, been waiting five months to feel the grind," Mack said. "Yeah, we've definitely been doing that."Mack sure looked ready against Green Bay.He had no trouble getting around Bryan Bulaga for a strip-sack against DeShone Kizer that led to a turnover. With Kizer hit by Roy Robertson-Harris as he unleashed a short pass, Mack returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown near the end of the first half.But that wasn't all.He was closing in from the edge when Robertson-Harris came through the middle and landed on Rodgers' left leg while sacking the two-time MVP in the second quarter. Rodgers left the field on a cart Roquan Smith Jersey , only to return in the second half.Mack also had pressure on Kizer when Roquan Smith got a sack on his first NFL play."He wasn't always in the best position, but he still could come up and make a play or make something happen," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "To be as good as he is, to be the (2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year), you have to have all the attributes and he has them. Speed, strength, explosion, savvy, motor 鈥?he has all that stuff. He's just getting in shape too, so he's going to get better."It's the second time in as many games the Seahawks (0-1) will be facing an elite edge rusher. They had to contend with Von Miller at Denver. And Seattle had its difficulties in a season-opening loss .The Broncos got six sacks, though some could be blamed on Wilson for running into trouble. Miller had three of them, and the Seahawks are facing another difficult challenge going against Mack."Both of them are very dynamic players," tackle Duane Brown said. "Von is just a different kind of athlete. Very, very quick. Very fast off the ball Authentic Allen Robinson Jersey , which Khalil has the same abilities. I think he uses strength a little bit more. He plays extremely hard. He's a factor in the run and pass game; someone you have to account for. I put those guys as 1A and 1B in the league on the edge."The Bears see Mack as a player who can turn a solid defense into an elite unit and help them break a string of losing years. They have four straight last-place finishes in the NFC North and just one playoff season since the 2006 team made the Super Bowl.It helps that Mack appears to be getting a quick grasp on Fangio's system. He said he knows "95, 99 percent" of the playbook. He also felt "great" following last week's game, adding his body "missed getting beat up."He is also looking forward to playing at Soldier Field for the first time as a member of the Bears. In his only other game there, with Oakland in 2015, Mack sacked Jay Cutler on the final drive. But Robbie Gould kicked a 49-yard field goal in the closing seconds to give the Bears a 22-20 victory."I don't know what it's going to be like," Mack said. "I've seen what it's like to play there, but I don't know what it's going to be like to be a part of the home team this time around. But I'm looking forward to it." IntroductionMatt Nagy was nothing short of a godsend for the Chicago Bears’ offensive players. Skill players like Tarik Cohen, Taylor Gabriel, and Mitchell Trubisky enjoyed career statistical years. Heck, even lineman like Cody Whitehair, Kyle Long, and Bobby Massie all played some of their career’s best football. Truly, it feels like everyone in the offense benefited from Chicago’s change at the top.Well, almost everyone.Jordan Howard entered the 2018 Chicago Bears season with more questions surrounding him than anyone else. Could he remain productive in an RPO offense? Was he in the Bears’ long-term plans? Might he get traded during the season? These questions , it seemed, would be answered as the season played out. That didn’t end up being the case. The 2018 season is now behind us and the answers still aren’t very clear. On one hand, Howard posted the worst statistical season of his career, averaging under 4 YPC for the first time in his three seasons. On the other, two of Howard’s last five games saw him rush for over 100 yards as he and Nagy seemed to turn a corner together. So which is it? Does he fit or not?The writers are going to answer this question in three parts: whether Howard fits in the Nagy offense, what we think his market value currently is (in terms of dollars and/or draft picks), and whether or not the Bears should trade him if they can get that market value. This article will only address the first question.Given how the 2018 season played out, do you think Howard fits in the Nagy offense?Erik Duerrwaechter: This is somewhat difficult to answer. Early in the year, Jordan Howard was used primarily for plays requiring pass protection in the backfield, or for the obvious dive plays up the middle. Starting against the Rams, they opened the playbook for Howard, as far more counters, isos, and powers were ran with him seeing a greater load on carries. He rushed for just under 400 yards in the final 4 games of the season. I think if -- and I mean IF -- the Bears elect to keep him in the fold next season Youth Jordan Howard Jersey , then his role will likely be the early down back specialist with Cohen becoming the third down back. Jeff Berckes: No, I don’t think Howard fits Nagy’s ideal version of the offense. I think there was fire behind the smoke we saw in the offseason chatter about Howard getting traded. I like Howard more than most, but it is clear Nagy is looking for a different skillset for his feature back. However, we did see some positive development from Howard’s production towards the end of the season and that gives me some hope that Nagy can find a way to squeeze another year out of JoHo if he returns for his 4th season.Josh Sunderbruch: I think Nagy tried a little too hard to get him to fit, but he doesn’t fit. He’s a volume back in a system that doesn’t need a volume back, and he’s less of a true power back than people want to make him out to be. Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.: I think it took Nagy a while to realize how best to use Howard, but I still get the feeling he’d rather have a guy that is more explosive and more versatile. Howard can still be a good back in the right system and I think he’ll have a LeGarrette Blount type of career, which means the Bears will either move him this offseason, or allow him to play out his contract and walk as a free agent in 2020. I just don’t see him getting a new contract in Chicago. Robert Schmitz: I don’t. I want to think he fits, but I don’t think he does. As others have pointed out, Jordan Howard is a volume-carry zone-blocking back. He picks up steam as the game wears on, watching how defenses react play-to-play to determine how he’ll attack them next. He’s a bell cow that generally needs at around 10+ carries to turn in a good performance. Nagy, on the other hand, wants a quicker back. He wants someone who is equally dangerous on the ground as he is through the air Youth Khalil Mack Jersey , specifically someone who doesn’t give the defense clues about whether called plays are passes or runs. Unpredictability seems to be one of the foundations of the Nagy system, so I think Howard’s limitations in the passing game ultimately make him a poor fit.Ken Mitchell: I think that Matt Nagy had so much coming at him this year trying to assess the strengths and weaknesses of each of his players that he really didn’t connect with Howard. Howard’s skillset is simply outside the box of what Nagy’s offensive focus is, and Nagy just started getting a handle on how to best use Howard in Nagy’s offense in the last 5 games. WhiskeyRanger: Does he fit in the idealized version of it? No. For that you need a more well-rounded back that can be trusted on short yardage, while also being an athletic threat in the open field, and at least a decent playmaker in the pass game. But can Nagy adjust his scheme to make use of Howard’s skill set? Yes. And we saw that start to take shape toward the end of the regular season. There is value to Howard’s game, regardless of system. It just may not be exactly what you need from a featured back to realize the scheme’s full potential.SummaryWe generally agree that Howard has value but that his talents make him an imperfect for the ideal Nagy offense.Question 2: What do you think is market value for a player like Howard this offseason? (in terms of $$$, draft capital, or both)Question 3: If a team offered you said market value this offseason, would you trade him? If so, how would you go about replacing him?Our answers to these questions will be coming up next.


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