Khalil Mack getting ready for a Carr wreck Sunday in London
Khalil Mack speaks like someone trying to hold something back when he talks about his old team, the Oakland Raiders.
He holds nothing back when he talks about the player he's going to try to sack Sunday in London when the Bears face Oakland and quarterback Derek Carr.
"It was special, man," Mack said Tuesday at Halas Hall. "That's my brother. I love him, but it's going to be fun to compete against him this week."
Mack and Carr helped elevate the Raiders together in 2016, their only winning season since they played in the Super Bowl after the 2002 season.
"Off-the-field, man, off-the-field spending all that time, you know what I'm saying, when we were there we were trying to change the culture," Mack said. "Just going through that process together, it was real special."
And then came the trade by Jon Gruden last year to the Bears, after Oakland didn't want to pay Mack.
"You could say I was disappointed, man, but that's the nature of the business," Mack said. "You have to understand that, first and foremost, and let everything take care of itself. You only can control what you can control. When it comes to football, I love the game of football."
Old feelings die hard.
"There are feelings you suppress," Mack said. "But also, it's no big deal to me, man. I'm here. I love the Bears and I;m going to go out and try to get this win."
Mack had a hard time trying to find a description for what has to be suppressed, but said none of that matters.
"You can't play this game with too much emotion, man," he said. "Ultimately, I try to stay focused on the task at hand and understanding the situation and understanding what they're going to be thinking that I feel.
"But ultimately, I'm going to go out there and do what I do and that's play football and love the game that I play. You know what I mean?"
Mack got $141 million and it can help deal with bad feelings. He has been through the NFL ringer now and the business process dulls emotions. He initially expected to be a Raider his whole career.
"That's the expectation man when you get drafted to a team," Mack said. "You want to be there for the long haul and bring championships and all those good things.
"It’s the business side of it that doesn’t really let you do that."
Mack could declare his victory over Gruden's decision already. Getting 17 1/2 sacks in 18 games with the Bears kind of does it for him.
"I mean, you could talk all day, man," Mack said. "But I ain't a talker, man. I just want to go out and show it. And I'm going to let that be that."
There are a few other players Mack will visit with besides Carr on Sunday.
He talked about Gabe Jackson and Karl Joseph.
"They've had a lot of turnover there," he said.
Of course, it's more about facing Carr.
After all, Mack is coming for the sack to pad his team-leading total of 5 1/2, and to add to his league-leading four forced fumbles. He's coming for Carr.
"That's the whole point, right?" Mack said. "That's ultimately going to be the fun part, as well, competing against that guy, knowing what type of competitor he is.
"He's the ultimate competitor, man. I know he's going to have something up his sleeve and I want to make sure I'm ready for it."
Mack's sub, Aaron Lynch may have summed it up best.
"Just expect a couple of forced fumbles this game," Lynch said.
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