Khalil Mack can sense the urgency as he enters his sixth season in the NFL.
The 28-year-old linebacker earned his third All-Pro and fourth consecutive Pro Bowl selection in 2018 but wants to add a Super Bowl ring.
On the other hand, Mack recalls the advice he was given by former Raiders teammates Charles Woodson and Justin Tuck before he was traded from Oakland to Chicago last September.
“You’re running out of time, man,” Mack said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “All these older dudes let us know at an early point in my career, man, we ain’t got no time to waste.”
Despite another dominating performance last season, Mack senses he and the Bears are running out of time.
“Absolutely,” he said. “You’ve gotta win. Gotta win now.”
Mack had 47 combined tackles, 12.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception returned for a touchdown during the regular season. His 12.5 sacks were the most by a Bears player since Richard Dent in 1993 and tied for 12th in the league.
The Bears finished 12-5 after losing to the Eagles in the playoffs but still made out better than Mack’s former team as the Radiers went 4-12 and missed the playoffs for the second straight year.
Mack and the Bears will fight to build on their momentum from last season and reclaim their spot atop the NFC North in 2019, beginning Sept. 5 when Chicago hosts Green Bay in a Thursday night rivalry showdown to celebrate the start of the NFL’s 100th year.