Eddie Jackson: We want to “top everything” the ’85 Bears did

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The Bears are going to be celebrating their 100th season in a variety of ways this year and a good deal of that attention will likely go to the 1985 edition of the team.

That team is the only Super Bowl winner in franchise history, it was stuffed with big personalities that have made the group resonate far outside of Chicago and it featured one of the best defenses in NFL history.

It’s hard to imagine another Bears team replicating or bettering the success of that team or that defense, but that’s safety Eddie Jackson‘s goal for the coming year. He said the unit is “more aggressive” under new coordinator Chuck Pagano and he’s plenty aggressive when it comes to how he expects the group to do this year.

“I’ll go right now for our defense to be No. 1 across the board. Like I told ’em earlier, shouts out to the ’85 Bears, but we want to top everything they’ve done,” Jackson said on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Jackson said the Bears have “everything to prove” after falling in their first playoff game last year. Coming anywhere close to a comparison to those other Bears would go a long way toward providing that proof.

54 responses to “Eddie Jackson: We want to “top everything” the ’85 Bears did

  1. Somebody is going to comment on this and tell him to stop talking and play. The funniest part about that is people won’t read the actual quote where he says “we want.” Nothing wrong with striving for greatness.

  2. Fat chance they can do that. That team is one of the most dominant defenses in the history of the NFL.

  3. It’s a good goal to have, but they need to make it out of the 1st round. ALso, need to come close to 2015 Broncos, 2014 Seahawks, or 2001 Ravens team before mentioning 85 Bears. All those teams had SB wins lead by the defense.

  4. They’re going to have to get it done on defense. They have a good coach but Mitch Trubisky is a legit below-average quarterback and I think they will miss Jordan Howard more than people realize. They had been in the basement of the division for five straight years and I think they’ll be returning this year. They won’t have the cakewalk schedule they are used to

  5. It’s good to have goals. This Bears D has arguably more talent man-for-man than the 85 team (though they were pretty stacked as well), but chemistry is what really put the 85 team over the top. And a pretty good run of good health that year if I recall correctly.

  6. As a Bears fan, I like the confidence. But let’s win enough regular season games to qualify for postseason first and then try winning a playoff game before talking about topping the 1985 Bears.

    With a 15-1 regular season record going into the postseason that ’85 team gave their two playoff opponents goose eggs (21-0 vs Giants and 24-0 vs Rams) then a blow out win (46-10) in the Super Bowl against the Patriots. That would be the most dominant playoff series in the history of the sport and possibly the greatest single season of any team. Good luck trying to top that!

  7. Since the Ditka era ended in 1992, the Bears have made the playoffs six times and made the playoffs in consecutive seasons twice. They’ve averaged 7.1 wins a season and finished in the top half of the division seven times.

    Although they look good on paper, history says the Bears are a lot more likely to finish 7-9 than to replicate the 1985 Bears.

  8. “or 2001 Ravens team before mentioning 85 Bears.”

    Got news for you – the 2001 Ravens Defense was more dominant. Not sure why people seem to not mention the 2002 Bucs as well. They only have couple of hall of famers and 3 hall of fame finalist all on one Defense, no big deal.

  9. They have no choice with the liability at the quarterback position
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    Jim McMahon was stealing money in 1985. hand it off to #34. Throw deep to Willie Gault and let the defense do its thing. Win a ring.

  10. bassplucker says:
    July 3, 2019 at 1:52 pm
    It’s good to have goals. This Bears D has arguably more talent man-for-man than the 85 team (though they were pretty stacked as well), but chemistry is what really put the 85 team over the top. And a pretty good run of good health that year if I recall correctly.
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    That’s as asinine a statement as I’ve ever heard.

    The 85′ Bears front 7 were completely stacked and truly incomparable to any team, much less this years Bears team.

  11. That ’85 Bears defense was so good, it got Jim McMahon into the Pro Bowl in 1985.
    McMahon has a career passer rating of 78.2. I remember feeling, at the time, that the Bears were succeeding in spite of McMahon, not because of him. Walter Payton was more responsible for the efficiency of the offense than McMahon.
    Trubisky has potential, but he won’t be the reason the Bears flounder, if they do.
    The Bears defense will.
    This is a different era. The rules hamstring defenses in a way that was not even imagined in that era.

  12. Good luck buddy when you’re facing Rodgers, Cousins and Stafford. This isn’t the early/mid 80’s when the Vikings and Packers were terrible along with Tampa Bay.

    Bears will be lucky to be 8-8 this season with Tribusky Qb’ing

  13. Not a bears fan but I can appreciate the goal he’s setting for the team. I don’t understand why some people take issue with athletes setting a mark for greatness(which is what their fans want anyway) aren’t you supposed to aim for being great? Every team’s goal should be 19-0. You take the field each week with the goal of winning, as tough a task as it is, and anything less should be unacceptable. I don’t think they’ll ultimately be better than the 85 squad but they should aim to be

  14. surfnride says:
    July 3, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Good luck buddy when you’re facing Rodgers, Cousins and Stafford. This isn’t the early/mid 80’s when the Vikings and Packers were terrible along with Tampa Bay.

    Bears will be lucky to be 8-8 this season with Tribusky Qb’ing
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    Yeah, because the Bears aren’t capable of beating Rodgers, Cousins and Stafford. They certainly didn’t do it last year… Oh wait.

  15. It took the 85 Bears about 3 years to develop that awesome defense. Same HC, same DC and veterans who held each other accountable. Plus with Sweetness and an above average offense, the defense could just pin their ears back and attack. Except for that Monday night in Miami.

  16. This Bears defense is not even close to the 2018 Patriots defense that terrorized 2 future HOF QBs in the playoffs, shut down one of the best offenses in league’s history and won the SB. I won’t even bring up the early 2000s Patriots defense that won 3 SBs for comparison.

  17. I just groan when I read statements like this. Set goals that are actually attainable, like win the division perhaps.

  18. wutangisforthechildren30 says:
    July 3, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Got news for you – the 2001 Ravens Defense was more dominant.
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    I think even Ray Lewis and Ed Reed would say the ’85 Bears were numero uno.

  19. The Bears have had one good year in how long? Likely we will see this team regress to a.500 team. Afterall…they are the Bears. He needs to slow down…the Bears did lose the best D-coordinator in the NFL.

  20. Do the 2019 Bears have a leader on defense like Mike Singletary?
    No, they do not.
    It starts and ends right there.
    Plus the 85 Bears were no match for the Steelers defenses of the 70s.

  21. youngnoize says:
    people won’t read the actual quote where he says “we want.” Nothing wrong with striving..
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    You’re the one who isn’t paying attention. He’s not merely saying they’d like to be that good. He said THIS YEAR they’re going to be #1 and win the SB! – and then he quickly tacks on (almost in afterthought) though he respects the 85 Bears “BUT we want to do better than that”. In that context he already equates his D to the 85 Bears and thinks they’ll exceed them.

  22. possibly the greatest single season of any team.??? If I remember correctly …the 72 Dolphins went undefeated in the regular season…Bears were great but did have one loss.

  23. None of those players are even old enough to remember the ’85 Bears, but I have no problem with the talking. This Bears’ team is loaded on defense too. They’re the 2019 Bears. They’ll make a name for themselves. They have too many great players. It’s not going to be easy to play 4 good quarters against them. Trubisky is a good young QB, but I don’t think he’s going to be asked to go out and win games by himself. The pressure on him will be low. I think this is the blueprint to building a great team. Of course, you have to hit on your draft picks, and the Bears have.

  24. This is a team with a very good defense and decent offense.
    But I will say this… they are not going to come close to the 85 bears.
    That team had superlative talent as well as ultra aggressive, chance taking schemes with the 46 defense. That scheme was extremely disruptive but could only be executed due to the specific talent they had.
    Don’t forget Walter Payton.

    I suspect they will not equal last years surprising results now that teams have a year of film on their tendencies.

  25. Uh, yeah Eddie, sure. Makes me wonder how familiar he even is of the details surrounding the 1985 Bears defense.

  26. I’ve been waiting for a Bear to step forward and say this, because as much as I love the 85 Bears, there is nothing wrong with wanting to top them, and if they did, I’d be over the moon. The 85 Bears had only 17 passing TDs, which was 22nd in the NFL; that’s one thing I’d like to have seen them do better at.

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