Is this Chicago Bears player ‘back’
During the offseason, we wrote an article mentioning the possibility that 2022 is a bounce-back season for Eddie Jackson, and it was scoffed at by all Chicago Bears fans. After two seasons with no interceptions, fans have had enough of Jackson, and most comments were that the best thing he could do to help the team is going away.
However, through one week a lot of what we wrote has come to fruition, and the reality is that it did not take long for Jackson to break his streak under the new Matt Eberflus era.
So, is it time to revisit the idea that Eddie Jackson may be back?
Is Eddie Jackson ready to bounce back for Chicago Bears?
The first thing helping him Is not even himself, it is Jaquan Brisker. The reality is that the team was asking Jackson to defend the run and take on blocks far too often, and that is not his game. He has one dimension as safety, but when used right, his impact can be felt.
He is a playmaker and someone who can roam the field and look for the football. Most fans do not realize that Jackson had a worse tackle rate in 2018 because he was in the action far less. Brisker lives for the action and is a box safety.
So, Brisker is best opposite Jackson, which frees up Jackson to get back into his 2018 ways. Beyond that, Vic Fangio preaches his scheme to get interceptions and big plays.
Matt Eberflus preaches hustle to get things done. Both come with results. You saw how scrappy and keyed in on the football they were against San Francisco and that mentality is going to continue with Jackson in the Eberflus era.
With Eberflus so focused on turnovers, and with Brisker allowing Jackson to do what he does best, no one should be surprised that Jackson is back on pace to be an effective ballhawk. However, many are.