Eddie Jackson questions Bears' trade deadline moves



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Eddie Jackson questions Bears' trade deadline moves

Eddie Jackson appeared to be a bit stunned after the moves the Chicago Bears made prior to the NFL trade deadline. The Bears improved their offense just before the trade deadline expired, trading for former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool.

But the Bears evidently got weaker on the defense as they traded Roquan Smith to the Baltimore Ravens and Robert Quinn to the Philadelphia Eagles, respectively. Entering this week, the Bears' defense has allowed the fifth-fewest yards in the NFL and is also tied on third place for the fewest passing passing touchdowns allowed.

The Bears are 3-5 after their first eight games of the season and still have a shot at making the postseason. That's one of the reasons why Jackson appeared to be stunned by the Bears' trade deadline decisions. "Your thoughts start to go through your head like, 'What are we playing for?' Is their vision (in the front office) still the same as the players? We're trying to make it to a Super Bowl, get to the playoffs, things like that.

Like I said, I'm not upstairs. I get it. I understand it. But it just hits different," Jackson said, per the NFL website.

Jackson questions the Bears' trade deadline decisions

"Especially to the young guys, they're looking at us like, 'Yo, is this normal? (Does) this happen?' But this is the type of stuff that goes on.

So we just got to rally around each other, and the older guys got to step up," Jackson added. Matt Eberflus, who is in the first year of being the Bears' coach, said he was open to his players about the team's decisions.

"It's just transparency. I think that's important. You just communicate. Look each other in the eye and tell the truth and communicate. I think that's what we do with all the guys. I think they appreciate that. It's right there on the table.

Just set it up there and talk about it," Eberflus said. This Sunday, the Bears are playing the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins' trio of Tua Tagovailoa, Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle has proved that it can be very effective and score in bunches.

It will be interesting to see how will the Bears' defense perform against the Dolphins, who have one of the most talented offenses in the league.