During the NFL offseason, seriously nothing is off limits. Whether it’s an intense paintball outing, an elaborate vacation or setting up ice cream trucks for your new teammates, players and coaches certainly go out of their way to live their best life before getting back after it. You can go ahead and add making bold predictions for the upcoming season to that list.
Each and every year, like clockwork, players run their mouths to tell the world they are going to win the Super Bowl. That’s obviously the goal for everyone, which is no problem they say it, but considering only one team can take the title, most are just flat-out wrong with their claims.
Luckily there is a full season of touchdowns and interceptions to figure that out, but Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson is the first to predict the Super Bowl LIV championship at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.
At his charity softball event over the weekend, the 2018 NFL All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection talked to Chicago Sun Times reporter Patrick Finley about the Bears’ plans for this upcoming season.
Of course, everyone remembers the Bears got bounced in the first-round playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles because of a Cody Parkey missed field goal. Chicago had a great season last year, too, winning the NFC North with a 12-4 record, but it’s that blunder nobody will forget.
That’s why the Bears, under head coach Matt Nagy, are hungrier to take it to the next level.
“Everything — how short, and how far, we came. From the losing record to the winning record. How short we came, with the first-round playoff game with the field goal. Right now we just want to build off everything and let that be the fuel to our fire. We plan on taking this whole thing.”
— Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson, via Chicago Sun Times
It’s not to say it can’t happen. The Bears took advantage of a roller coaster division with the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions last season, and they definitely have a roster built to make a run.
With quarterback Mitch Trubisky, linebacker Khalil Mack and Jackson, a former fourth-round pick out of Alabama, the nucleus is there to make some noise once again.
But to win the whole thing? That’s a pretty bold claim to be making in June…