Eddie Jackson finds his interception drought “stressful”

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Bears safety Eddie Jackson made a name for himself by taking the ball away from offenses during his first two seasons in the NFL.

Jackson had eight interceptions and five fumble recoveries in 30 games the last two years. He multiplied the benefit of those takeaways by scoring five touchdowns, but things haven’t played out the same way this year.

Jackson has recovered one fumble, but has no interceptions through the first nine games and admitted that the drought is getting to him.

“This is the longest I’ve ever been in my life without an interception, without a touchdown — ever,” Jackson said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “So it’s getting stressful. I’m just happy we won this last game, but being that type of competitor, you want the ball. It’s gonna come. That’s all I keep telling myself.”

The Bears defense has seen a similar downturn across the board. They led the league in takeaways with 36 during the 2018 season, but have 12 to this point in the season and five of them came against Washington in Week Three.

That change is among the reasons why the Bears are 4-5 and getting Jackson and company back in the groove would be a step in the right direction in the second half of the year.

12 responses to “Eddie Jackson finds his interception drought “stressful”

  1. He’s playing Goff, if the Bears pass rush is consistent enough. The streak should be broken this Sunday.

  2. Akiem Hicks goes down and the defense is a shell of itself.

    He’s the guy that made this defense go,not Mack or anyone else. Hicks is the engine that made everything else much better. He’s one hell of a player. Jackson and Mack don’t get the opportunities because Hicks isn’t destroying the pocket and crushing runs.

    (and I’m a Packer fan)

  3. @atthemurph

    Dead on. From another Packer fan

    Jackson is overrated his greatness a product of the D he is on. He is just pretty good. They have Clinton Dix and he is not the exposed train wreck that he is…… another product of the great D

  4. Eddie Jackson is a stud though, he doesn’t get toasted by a QB that is Mitch Trubisky Caliber like Darius Slay does.

  5. atthemurph says:
    November 13, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Akiem Hicks goes down and the defense is a shell of itself.

    He’s the guy that made this defense go,not Mack or anyone else. Hicks is the engine that made everything else much better. He’s one hell of a player. Jackson and Mack don’t get the opportunities because Hicks isn’t destroying the pocket and crushing runs.

    (and I’m a Packer fan)

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    The Bears offense averages 10 yards of total offense in the first half of all their games. The problem is the defense is burnt out from consistent three and outs from the poor offensive play calling from Nagy. It’s not one player not being there, but I’m sure the defense would like to have Hicks back. You’re clueless.

  6. There’s some degree of luck involved in getting interceptions. You need to be in the right spot and make the play, but the opportunities have to be there, too. The quarterback has to make a bad pass, the wide receiver has to run the wrong route, the ball has to bounce off of someone’s hands in just the right direction, etc. If you get a lot of interceptions over a series of games, you’re probably not going to get as many after that because the opportunities even out. That’s one of the reasons we all expected the whole Bears defense to take a step back this year, because they had so many turnovers last year and it isn’t sustainable.

  7. Teams don’t have to play uber-aggressive when the offense is barely mustering 12-14 points. Lions game was a fluke. For my sake, I hope it wasn’t. 3 TDs was almost a normal game of 31 other teams.

    Bears Defense has been getting torched unfortunately. Nagy’s play calling (sweeps, screens) that net 1 yard, don’t help the chains move and keep the defense on the bench.

    Team regressed. Big time. Coach. QB. Defense. I’m hoping we win out, otherwise we’ll be watching the Packers/Vikings in the playoffs.

  8. I actually agree with the GB folks – you can’t overstate Hicks’ impact on that defense. It’s like a different unit altogether without him crashing the middle…even the LB corps has fallen off (I don’t know WHAT happened to Roquan…)

    The other huge factor (on offense) is Mitch’s lack of scrambling…that threat alone used to create so many opportunities, and when plays broke down, Mitch could almost always default to his wheels and scramble out and move the chains. But it’s like he’s been told not to run AT ALL anymore or something.
    And ever since the surprise injury scratch from NFC Divisional game last year, Burton has been useless.

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