Eddie Jackson, Bears Defense Would Love Repeat Performance
Safety Eddie Jackson and the Chicago Bears defense looked at last year's tape of their game with the Los Angeles Rams and saw something they recognized and enjoyed.
They saw themselves playing in a furious manner all over the field, intercepting four passes and dominating in a 15-6 win.
A few weeks ago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was surprised when he saw on film some poor body language on his part. The Bears defense is starting to show similar flaws on film during a stretch of rough games after a 3-1 start, so the film review provided a positive reminder.
"We were just flying around," Jackson said Tuesday. "Seeing us really out there having fun, everybody was flying around on both sides of the ball making plays, we knew what it meant. It meant a lot for that to be a prime-time game."
If that game meant a lot, the rematch Sunday night in Los Angeles means even more because with a loss at 4-6 the Bears would be alive for the playoffs only as a mathematical improbability.
"There's a lot at stake for us now," Jackson said. "We've been through a lot of adversity in the first half of our season.
"So we've got to continue to build off this (win over Detroit) and just continue to be motivated and rally together and play for one another."
Jackson made an interception in that game last year. He came into the game with only two interceptions and then finished with a fury and had six for a 13-game season.
"Our preparation in pracatice was dead on," Jackson recalled of last year's game with L.A. "Details, everyone was locked in. We knew it was going to be a tough game.
"For us to come out and stand up like we stood up last year it was something, a sight to see."
The confidence boost from the win started the Bears on a stretch of games with more interceptions. They wound up with 27 interceptions. At this time last year they had 16. Right now they have six and Jackson has none, a fact which he knows all too well.
"Just being a competitor you feel like you should be in more positions to make different plays," Jackson said. "But right now you know all you can do is buy in."
What Jackson doesn't want to do is begin pressing to make interceptions by gambling.
"It's hard," Jackson said. "It's hard doing that, especially with the type of secondary we have back there.
"Even the confidence I have in myself as the type of player I am, you want to jump (routes) but you've got to sit up there and (think) 'all right, I'm just going to take care of this.'"
Defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano had told Jackson quarterbacks would begin throwing away from him, and this is what he thinks has happened.
"Like I told you (reporters) last week, this is the longest I've ever been in my life ever since I've been playing football without an interception, without a touchdown ever," Jackson said. "So it's getting stressful."
Jackson hinted the changes made to the defensive scheme this year under Pagano could have affected his numbers.
"I'm just trying to get into more positions to make plays, if that makes any sense," Jackson said. "Like I said, it's a different system, you know, different things.
"So you've just got to buy in and control what you can control and that's dominate my square (in zone) or my man, whatever I'm playing in."
Jackson stressed the interceptions aren't as important as the bottom line of wins over losses.
"It's like I want to go out there and contribute and help the team," Jackson said. "It's tough, man, but things are different now.
"I'm not worried about individual stats."