Khalil Mack is having arguably the best season of his entire career for the LA Chargers in 2023. Mack has tied a career-high in sacks with four more games to play and set the franchise record for the most sacks in a game with six earlier this season against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Unfortunately, Mack's All-Pro efforts have gone for naught this season. The Chargers have been a sinking ship all season long and Week 14 was the team's final iceberg moment. A 24-7 loss to the Denver Broncos, which included Justin Herbert fracturing his right index finger, puts the playoffs completely out of range for the Bolts.
Fans have started to turn their attention to the offseason and any changes that may happen. But Mack isn't, at least not yet. Mack is trying to finish out the season strong and relayed that message to reporters after Sunday's loss to the Broncos. But he didn't just relay that message, he also blatantly called out some Chargers teammates in the process, via Daniel Popper of The Athletic.
"I feel like it’s a mixture of young guys and older guys, you see the older guys are trying to push and show with our actions that we want this s—. But everybody got to want it. Everybody got to want it, everybody got to put the work in, and everybody has to know what to expect on Sundays when it comes to playing football like we know how to play football.
Khalil Mack blatantly (and rightfully) calls out Chargers teammates
It is unclear exactly who Khalil Mack is talking about in this quote but it is clear that he thinks some of the younger players on the roster are not doing what is necessary to win football games. And quite frankly, Mack is 100% right to feel this way.
Just look at the young talent on the roster. A lot of the draft picks in recent years are not panning out. Whether it be first-round picks like Quentin Johnston who have struggled this year or mid-round picks that have not panned out (like Tre' McKitty before he was cut), there are plenty of examples to support Mack's case.
Mack revealed earlier this week that he contemplated retirement after the Chargers' loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Wild Card Round last season. He opted to give it another go, has done his part this season, and has seen his teammates (and coaches) fail to pick up the slack.
For someone who probably doesn't know how much longer he has in the NFL, this has to be frustrating. With the playoffs officially out of reach and not much else to play for down the stretch, we might see more of these frustrations come to the surface not just for Mack, but for other players on the team as well.