A week before the Chicago Bears’ 2018 opener, first-year coach Matt Nagy walked by the office of outside linebackers coach Brandon Staley and saw him tutoring Khalil Mack. The Bears had traded for the 2016 NFL defensive player of the year, and Staley was bringing him up to speed on defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s scheme. A few days later, Mack had a sack, forced and recovered a fumble, and returned an interception for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers.
Sean McVay has begun to give veterans days off or lighter days more often.
With two sacks and four tackles for loss over six games of solid play for Los Angeles, Floyd is making the most of a chance to revamp his game in a system that's quite similar to the Bears' defense during the first three years of his NFL career. That's because Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley was Chicago's outside linebackers coach in 2017 and 2018, coaching Floyd while working under coordinator Vic Fangio.