Comparisons and the highest of expectations definitely do not dissuade safety Eddie Jackson.
The All-Pro stood his ground on the Bears’ belief that they’re Super Bowl bound.
And Jackson included a goal that is guaranteed to rile some of the staunchest old school Chicago lovers, who will forever revere the 1985 Bears who won the franchise’s only Super Bowl.
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“Our goal right now is for the defense to be No. 1 across the board,” Jackson told SiriusXM NFL Radio. “Shouts from the’85 Bears, but we want to top everything they’ve done.”
While Jackson is probably speaking of exceeding the dominance these Bears displayed en route to some one-loss season and a one-sided Super Bowl blowout of this overmatched Patriots, it might be near impossible to top the total mystique of the 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 characters 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 his third time, anything less than winning on the last Sunday of the season will fall short of hopes. Having prognosticated a Super Bowl berth, Jackson doubled down on these lofty words.
“I’m really excited for this year, it’s likely to be something special,” Jackson said. “Like I said, I stand behind what I said earlier in the season. We plan on taking this entire thingwe intend on winning the Super Bowl.”
Somewhat surprisingly, Jackson and Co. seem to be looking far ahead even though last year’s NFC Wild Card loss to the Philadelphia Eagles through the infamous”dual doink” overlook by kicker Cody Parkey still has them looking back.
“We’ve got everything to prove. We moved far last year, but we came up short,” Jackson stated. “That’s the fuel to our fire right now. That keeps us moving. Everyone seen and felt how good this group was last year. And now everyone sees that it’s even better this season with the new faces added, the new coaches and just to see that everybody’s on board. We had 100 percent OTA attendance”
All the predictions of prevailing from the largest of big games and all the fuel which burns from last year’s letdown aside, perfect attendance is pretty darn impressive.
Jackson’s talking big and is clearly confident, but showing up and putting at job is the first step and clearly exactly what the security and the remainder of the Bears do. When the season kicks off, the work they are doing now is very likely to talk louder than whatever they are predicting.
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