Khalil Mack wants Mitchell Trubisky to make opposing defenses put a little respect on his name. When he was mic’d up for Sunday’s win against the New York Giants, we got a glimpse of what the Chicago Bears linebacker had to say to the team’s starting quarterback before kickoff.
In a candid moment many Bears fans don’t get to see often, Mack pulled Trubisky aside before the game against the Giants and gave him a pregame pep talk laden with one main message: make defenses respect you. Trubisky, who beat out veteran Nick Foles for the starting job, has shown improvement in many areas this season, but he hasn’t been able to play four strong quarters of football in a row yet.
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Khalil Mack to Mitch Trubisky: ‘Make Them Respect You’
“Make these (expletives) respect you,” Mack told Trubisky prior to the game, before handing his quarterback a gigantic confidence booster: “You’re the best that’s doing it. Make these (expletives) respect you today, T,” Mack said, adding: “I love ya.”
Look — we all know Trubisky isn’t the best quarterback out there doing it right now. He’s not even the best quarterback in his division. But Mack, an All-Pro and an unquestioned leader on the team, said those things not necessarily because they’re true, but because he wanted to hype up his young quarterback, which is what good leaders do.
Confidence is key for NFL players, particularly quarterbacks, and Mack and Trubisky are both well aware of the narrative surrounding the fourth-year signal caller. It’s up to Trubisky to turn his doubters into apologists, and if he can start to string together full games instead of a few quarters, he’ll begin earning that respect Mack was talking about.
Later in the game, Mack continued his support of Trubisky, yelling: “Hey, 10! Let’s go! We got your back.”
Mack Also Earns A’s in Smack Talk
While Mack had nothing but encouraging words for Trubisky and his teammates, he also took the time to get into his opponents’ heads a bit. “It’s gonna be a long day,” Mack told Giants tackle Cameron Fleming after driving him back during one play. “It’s gonna be a long day for your a** boy.”
Mack then talked a little smack to and about quarterback Daniel Jones, saying: “He sacred, he scared, it’s coming out quick,” after Jones starting getting rid of the ball more quickly. At one point, Mack also referred to Sunday’s 17-13 win against the Giants as a “stat game,” and after notching a fumble recovery, a sack and seven pressures, he wasn’t wrong. The Bears sacked Jones four times.
You can watch all of Mack’s best mic’d up moments in the video below. His clip with Trubisky happens right off the bat.