Chicago Bears defensive coordinator

  •  Vic Fangio was obviously thrilled when he found out about the trade for two-time All-Pro Khalil Mack last weekend.Fangio is eager to work with Mack after the Bears pulled off a blockbuster deal with Oakland on Saturday Womens Johnny Townsend Jersey , jolting a franchise with four straight last-place finishes.The trade capped a busy offseason that saw the Bears mostly load up around quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Fangio now has one of the best pass rushers in the NFL leading an already solid defense, not a bad consolation after he got passed over for the head coaching job in favor of Matt Nagy.The Bears suddenly seem like contenders for a playoff spot. But Fangio wasn't about to plan any parades.He has plenty to do this week, working in a new superstar while scheming to face Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in a primetime opener at Lambeau Field on Sunday night. It's not clear how much Mack will play, though he obviously figures to give the defense a huge boost whenever he steps on the field."Well, I would say (Mack) could be a major help to us," Fangio said. "Any time you get a player of his ability it can do nothing but help make you better, helps make the players around him better, but he's been the same player in Oakland throughout his career, very well decorated and a lot of honors that he deserved and Oakland was never better than mid-20s in defense, so one guy doesn't make a whole unit, as pretty evident by that."The Raiders ranked in the 20s on defense in each of Mack's four seasons. But he's joining a unit that was 10th overall last year.Now, the Bears are adding a player with 40陆 sacks, and nine forced fumbles in his four seasons. Mack also leads all players with 185陆 quarterback pressures and ranks second with 68 tackles for loss since entering the league Youth Rodney Hudson Jersey , according to SportRadar.It's not hard for Fangio to envision more opportunities for Leonard Floyd on the opposite edge with opponents keying on Mack. He sees the same for the inside linebackers and the defensive backs, with quarterbacks under more pressure."It's a chain reaction, a domino effect and hopefully, that's what we'll see," Fangio said.The question is how soon.Mack sat out the entire offseason and preseason with Oakland trying to get a long-term extension rather than play under the final year of his rookie contract. He wound up getting a six-year, $141 million extension that guarantees him $90 million and makes him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history."I think for Khalil and us in general it's just going to be knowing where he's at mentally with Vic's system and then understanding where he is physically and matching the two together," Nagy said. "We're not going to know really until we get into it and we just kind of gauge it."Like Mack, rookie inside linebacker Roquan Smith is playing catch-up. The No. 8 overall draft pick held out the first three weeks of training camp before agreeing to a four-year contract that guarantees him $18.5 million. He has dealt with a tight left hamstring the past three weeks. And Floyd is getting used to playing with a casted club on his broken right hand."These guys are very talented," Mack said. "You see the skillsets that they have. We're only trying to get better. That's the only thing I'm asking from the group, that we all get better and hold each other accountable.Mike Nugent has hip injury, Raiders look to sign new kicker this week Undrafted rookie Eddy Pineiro was supposed to be the team’s kicker this season. They brought in Mike Nugent in training camp to replace left-footed kicker Giorgio Tavecchio who was the team’s kicker last year. But it was clearly Pineiro’s job to lose. Then Pineiro was lost to an injury and the job was Nugent’s.Now Nugent is injured. The veteran kicker suffered a hip injury in the team’s game in Miami, and Jon Gruden is concerned he may not be able to go against the Browns this week. Unlike some positions, there is no backup kicker Youth Jared Cook Jersey , so when the kicker can’t go, a replacement must be added.“We’ll be trying out numerous people, trying to find the best available kicker possible,” Gruden said Monday. “Rich Bisaccia, and I know Reggie McKenzie, are up there working getting some flights organized right now.”For those wondering, no Pineiro is not an option. He was placed on injured reserve and is out for the season. In order to even be eligible to return after eight games, Pineiro would have had to be on the initial roster on the final cutdown to 53.Tavecchio is certainly an option, though he was released because the team didn’t want Johnny Townsend to have to keep switching sides as the holder.There are a lot of experiences kickers out there. Dan Bailey was the top free agent out there until last week when he signed with the Vikings. The short list of remaining possibilities include Cairo Santos, Dan Carpenter, Nick Novak, and Kai Forbath.Follow @LeviDamien