Bears' Akiem Hicks Tired Of Khalil Mack Questions

October 29, 2018 - 3:47 pm
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(670 The Score) While thrilled to be flanked by star edge rusher Khalil Mack, Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks is also tired of taking questions on the injured Mack.

Hicks’ annoyance surrounding questions about Mack began after Chicago’s 38-31 loss to New England on Oct. 21 and continued after the Bears’ 24-10 win against the Jets at Solider Field on Sunday, when the defense produced a stout performance in holding New York to 207 total yards as Mack was sidelined with an ankle injury.

“Check me out, man,” Hicks said with a chuckle on the Mully & Haugh Show on 670 The Score on Monday morning. “If you bring up Khalil Mack one more time in our interviews, then we are done for the rest of the year. I love the fact that I have this elite pass rusher on the outside of me. He is one of the best players in the NFL. I’ve watched him when he was in Oakland. But every question, come on guys. Let’s do better. That’s what I said in the locker room (Sunday).”

Asked about the defense’s strong confidence without Mack, Hicks responded, “How do those two things correlate?”

Hicks had plenty of praise for the Bears defense with Mack out, including how enthused he was to see Chicago hold New York to 57 rushing yards on 24 attempts, an average of just 2.4 yards per carry.

The Bears are holding foes to 87.5 rushing yards per game, the fourth-best mark in the NFL through Sunday night.

“Our point of emphasis every week is to be the most dominant run defense in the NFL,” Hicks said. “That is really something we stick by. When you come to Soldier Field and you want to run the ball, you’re going to get your feelings hurt. 

“This week alone, we saw the scheme-type runs that they liked. We saw how they’ve tried to block those runs, and we had a really good lock on their personnel. And I think that all those things together really put us in the right position to play well.”​