Jackson: We Want To Be Better Than '85 Bears

Chicago safety Eddie Jackson said the defense wants to be the best in Bears history

Reiter Than You
July 03, 2019 - 2:56 pm

The Chicago Bears were about as good as it gets defensively last season. They led the league in scoring defense (17.7 points per game allowed) and rushing defense (80.0 yards per game allowed), forced the most turnovers (36) and interceptions (27), and finished third in sacks (50).

But now they have another goal in sight: surpass the 1985 Bears.

“(We want to be) the greatest Bears defense in history,” Bears safety Eddie Jackson told Bill Reiter. “No disrespect to the ’85 Bears. We appreciate what those guys did. For us right now, (our goal) is to top those guys.”

The Bears will be without former coordinator Vic Fangio, who became head coach of the Broncos. Chicago replaced Fangio with Chuck Pagano, who spent the last six seasons in Indianapolis.

“Coach Pagano, he’s more aggressive than Coach Vic was,” Jackson said. “But they’re both smart; they’re both gurus. For us right now, the competition level is even better. The energy is higher. Coach Pagano, he brings a lot of that. He’s more vocal on and off the field.”