The highest of expectations and legendary comparisons definitely don’t dissuade safety Eddie Jackson.
The All-Pro stood his ground on the Bears’ belief that they are Super Bowl bound.
And Jackson added a goal that is guaranteed to rile a few of the staunchest old school Chicago fans, who will forever revere the 1985 Bears who won the franchise’s only Super Bowl.
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“Our goal at this time is for the defense to become No. 1 across the board,” Jackson told SiriusXM NFL Radio. “Shouts out to the’85 Bears, but we want to top everything they have done.”
While Jackson is probably speaking of surpassing the dominance those Bears exhibited en route to a one-loss season and a one-sided Super Bowl blowout of the overmatched Patriots, it would be near impossible to top the overall mystique of that storied squad. All things considered, the Super Bowl-shuffling Bears of 1985 had all-time greats like Walter Payton, Mike Singletary and Dan Hampton along with all time personalities Jim McMahon, William”The Refrigerator” Perry and Steve”Mongo” McMichael — all corralled by head coach Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan.
To Jackson, who’s entering only his third time, anything less than winning the last Sunday of the year will fall short of hopes. Having prognosticated a Super Bowl berth, Jackson doubled down to these lofty words.
“I am really excited for this year, it is likely to be something unique,” Jackson stated. “Like I said, I stand behind what I mentioned earlier in the season. We anticipate taking this entire thing, we plan on winning the Super Bowl.”
Somewhat surprisingly, Jackson and Co. seem to be looking far ahead though last year’s NFC Wild Card loss to the Philadelphia Eagles through the infamous”double doink” miss by kicker Cody Parkey nevertheless has them looking back.
“We’ve got everything to prove. We moved last year, but we came up short,” Jackson said. “That is the fuel to our fire right now. That keeps us going. Everyone felt and seen how great this group was last year. And now everybody sees that it is even better this year with the newest faces added, the brand new coaches and simply to find that everybody’s on board. We had 100% OTA attendance”
Each of the predictions of prevailing in the biggest of big games and all the fuel that still burns from last year’s letdown aside, perfect attendance is pretty damn remarkable.
Jackson’s talking big and is clearly certain, but showing up and putting at job is the first step and clearly exactly what the safety and the remainder of the Bears do. After the season kicks off, the job they are doing now is very likely to talk louder than anything they’re predicting.
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