Eddie Jackson On Bears' Woes: Blame Players, Not Coaches

WBBM Newsradio Staff
October 21, 2019 - 3:01 pm
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(670 The Score) Bears safety Eddie Jackson cut straight to the chase in explaining who deserves the blame for the team's struggles after a 36-25 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday dropped Chicago to 3-3.

"How are we going to respond?" Jackson said in referencing the Bears players on the Mully & Haugh Show on Monday morning. "Not the coaches. This is like (on) the players -- we got to call upon ourselves. We've got to call a meeting amongst players and say, 'Look, enough is enough.' We know the type of team we have. I don't want to hear about coaching, play-calling. If you watch the game, you have to see the swagger wasn't out there. The pride of the game, everyone flying around, the energy that coach (Matt) Nagy talks about -- we don't have that right now. It's like when something goes bad, everybody puts their head down. It's sad, because the type of players and type of team that we have is too good for that. So I feel like this is for us -- this is for us players to call on each other without the coaches Tuesday, to come in and just talk, just have a little players' meeting if we have to just to see what we have to do to get it rolling."

Jackson also specifically singled out the Bears defense, which allowed season-high marks of 36 points and 424 yards of offense.

"This game really hurt guys," Jackson said. "Because we're too good for that - and especially to see the defense, for us, to let somebody put up 36 points? That's not us."

"It's getting frustrating, man, to see the type of team we have and to keep going through this same phase."

The Bears have been searching for answers amid their two-game losing streak, which has been marked by both the Raiders and Saints winning the physical battle in the trenches and running the ball well.

"We just gotta come in and get better," Jackson said. "We just got to come in starting tomorrow, have a meeting with us just to see what our identity is, what we're going to do, how we're going to respond."

And what's the Bears' identity in an ideal world?

"When times get tough, we step up," Jackson said. "We buckle down. We come together. We got to find our identity right now. That's just the thing. We just to keep playing consistent football. We've had our ups and our downs."