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The Bears defense is indeed so much more than Khalil Mack

Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:21 am

. After scoring three defensive touchdowns in four weeks Marcus Cooper Jersey , Eddie Jackson has joined Mack as the second Bears player to be honored with an NFC Defensive Player of the Month award this season. The second-year safety Imagefound his way into the end zone against the Buffalo Bills, and then Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions in successive weeks, and it paid off with appropriate recognition from the NFL. Jackson, 25, has 37 tackles, four interceptions , eight passes defensed, a forced fumble, and three touchdowns in 2018: almost all a statistical step up from the entirety of his rookie campaign last season. Many wondered about the potential leap Jackson would make from his rookie season to second year in the NFL, as the talent was there. He’s come out shining as arguably pro football’s best safety with an award that should be a surprise to no one. With Jackson’s honor in joining Mack, the Bears have two NFC Defensive Players of the Month for the first time in one regular season since 2012, when Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings took home individual honors. That’s the only other time two individual Bears defenders have won Defensive Player of the Month in one year. Both Tillman and Jennings went on to All-Pro and Pro Bowl selections in 2012: a safe assumption of recognition for Mack and Jackson at this rate. The only thing you can be sure this modern Bears duo would like to change is a season’s ending as the 2012 Bears finished 10-6 and missed the playoffs. Something says that if Mack and Jackson continue on their worthy tears Bryce Callahan Color Rush Jersey , 2018 will have a far happier conclusion. Robert is the Editor-in-chief of The Blitz Network (subscribe here!), the managing editor of Windy City Gridiron, and writes for a host of other fine publications. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski. The Bears defense is good enough that Mitchell Trubisky doesn’t have to be great yet.Which is good news, because according to one of the guys he beat last night, Trubisky is far from great.“He was OK. Nothing special. I feel like he was OK. [He’s an] average quarterback,” Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark said Josh Bellamy Jersey , via Eric Edholm of ”Clark then went into a little more detail, saying Trubisky’s pocket presence wasn’t what you’d hope it would be for a quarterback taken with the second overall pick.“I felt that we should make more plays against him,” Clark said. “Pressure is his downfall; the more you can get pressure up the middle and in his face, and he throws those errant passes like that, that’s how you can beat him. We failed to do that enough against him.“Happy feet 鈥?once he feels any pressure, his head is down and he’s gone [out of the pocket].”Trubisky did throw for two touchdowns last night , which was enough to stay clear of the Seahawks. And there might be some validity to some of the specific complaints.But for the most part, the Bears are working within a familiar pattern, and if they can win with their quarterback being the limiting factor on a great defense, then they’ll probably accept that while Trubisky develops in his first year in a real live NFL offense.

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