Bears’ Eddie Jackson: We’re taking this whole thing

From last to champs, the Chicago Bears’ 2018 campaign proved to be a memorable change in franchise fortune and momentum.
Claiming Chicago’s first NFC North crown and playoff berth since 2010, the Bears’ success was historical, but the season’s decision seems to be lingering — and motivating.
Amid the summer break free from football and hosting a charity softball exhibition, Bears safety Eddie Jackson finds himself nevertheless galvanized by his team’s bitter NFC Wild Card loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
«Everything — how brief, and just how far, we came,» Jackson told the Chicago Sun Times’ Patrick Finley when asked what’ll keep him inspired through the summer respite. «From the losing record into the winning album. How short we came, together with the first-round playoff game with the field goal. Right now we just need to build off everything and let that be the fuel to our fire. We anticipate taking this whole thing.»
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A sterling 12-4 record made more victories than the previous two regular seasons combined for the Bears, who won four in a row going to the playoffs and eight of their last 10. A turnaround year and then a few, the Bears erased a slip of four sequential last-place division finishes. It all came to heartbreaking halt with the double-doink loss. Having become a bitterly memorable portion of Chicago sports chronicle, the»double doink» refers to a blocked kick against Cody Parkey that struck the field goal post twice prior to the boot along with the Bears’ season dropped in defeat, the season closing with a 16-15 loss to the Eagles.
That defeat — now five months removed — has Jackson and the Bears believing and motivated 2019 can and will achieve far superior heights.
«The vibe is there,» Jackson stated. «That’ll always be there. That’s not changing. You come in and you see everyone on one page, and [they] want to get things done and wish to win. That will always be a great vibe.»
While the Bears’ last season very much announced their presence one of the NFL hierarchy, Jackson also introduced himself as one of the elite one of league safeties.
In his second pro season, Jackson earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro status on the heels of creating six interceptions (two for touchdowns), 15 passes defended and 51 tackles.
Now, since the summer burns away and the Bears’ practice area is vacant, Jackson won’t let his mind stray too far from the gridiron.
«Come back and forth still watch film and stay on top of everything,» he explained. «Just take care of the entire body. Relax a little bit. Do not lose that taste for football.»
It’s a bitter taste it would look, but one that has Jackson and his teammates aiming to attain much more.

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