On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to interview Chicago Bears All-Pro Safety, Eddie Jackson. I met with Jackson after his camp at Benedictine University for the Gatorade Beat the Heat program. This program was a football camp for kids of various ages to not only improve their football skills but to also inform them on how important hydration is.
I got to speak with Eddie after all of the drills, and we got into some really great stuff about Chuck Pagano and his ability to score on turnovers.
Eddie participated in some drills with the kids, along with having a conversation with all of them about hydration and heat safety.
Eddie was always celebrating with the kids. When the kids were practicing offense vs. defense, and the defense had an interception, Eddie made sure to have all of the kids run over to a camera to take a picture just like the Bears defense does after a score.
The real highlight must be when we had a celebrity quarterback show up in WGN’s Jarrett Payton, who played quarterback against the Eddie Jackson defenses. Jarrett was really getting into it, and you could visibly see how excited he was to be around football again.
— Dan DeYoung (@DanDeYoung80) July 2, 2019
After practice, I had my chance to sit down with Eddie Jackson. The video is available above, but here are some of the highlights.
I really wanted to get into Chuck Pagano in this interview, so that was the first thing I brought up when we started talking about the team. I began talking about losing Vic Fangio and some are talking about the defense regressing, but then went on to talk about Pagano.
Dan: “It feels like Chuck Pagano is being a little underrated at this point… He helped coach Ed Reed when he was in Miami and with the Ravens, he’s helped dozens of guys. Nnamdi Asomugha’s another great defensive back that he helped develop. What do you think he can do for you?”
Eddie: “Just more aggressive. As you said, you know, you watch those guys, they’re in on a lot of blitzes, tackles on the line of scrimmage, just anything like that.
Jackson began talking about the team as a whole. “This is the kind of game where you like to prove yourself every week. So right now, we trust him, he trusts us. We are behind him 110%. What’s he’s installing out our defense and what he is bringing to our defense.
Jackson continued on by saying “You know for me it’s just buy in, keep my head low, and learn as much as I can from him, and go out there and you know take all of the coaching points and details that he’s giving me, and just keep going.”
I then wanted to talk to Eddie about his ability to score.
Dan: “The last couple of years you have done an unreal job of scoring. You find ways to score and It’s gotten to the point where there’s been plenty of rookies that were drafted ahead of you… receivers that you have more touchdowns than at this point. Even the first receiver drafted, Corey Davis, you have more regular season touchdowns than he does. How does it feel to be that efficient at scoring? That great at getting the ball into the red zone.”
“To be honest, I really didn’t know that, that’s a cool fact. Just like I always say, you get the ball and turn into a receiver. I played receiver in High school. I’m an offensive guy at heart. For me, when I get the ball, I don’t think about going out of bounds, I’m thinking about touchdowns.”
Overall, it was an interesting interview with Eddie, and you should try and listen to the whole thing in the video above.
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