Once an All Pro, Jackson has fallen off tremendously in the past two years. Sunday night against the Rams, he was the main culprit on two deep touchdown passes by Matthew Stafford.
These issues from Jackson are nothing new, though. They just reared their ugly head in the worst way possible on the league’s biggest stage, and fans are less than thrilled, to put it kindly.
It seems as though, since earning his big extension, Jackson has decided not to show up. The effort has been lackluster at best, while the tackling has been non-existent. It’s almost as if Jackson plays scared, or uninspired.
What do the Chicago Bears do about Eddie Jackson?
The easiest and most obvious answer to that question is simple: he plays better. He looks at the film, while the feeling of utter embarrassment overwhelms him in front of his teammates, and decides that enough is enough.
Defensive coordinator Sean Desai cannot and will not let this type of effort stand. His expertise is with his defensive backs, after all. This isn’t something he can allow to happen. Going forward, the easiest answer to all of this is for Jackson to simply figure his stuff out.
If Jackson is truly no longer the player he once was, and his peak was this short-lived, the Bears have to do something about it. They can’t allow him to be comfortable in this starting spot while being unable to perform at a high level.
The Bears have some options right now, and they could choose one of the following strategies to put into place.