Bears’ Eddie Jackson has honest reaction after Chicago trades on defense: ‘Why are we playing?’

The Chicago Bears were busy at the trade deadline. While they traded a second-round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for Chase Claypool, they were sellers on the defensive side of the ball. Chicago traded star linebacker Roquan Smith to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for a second-round pick and a fifth-round pick along with linebacker AJ Klein, and also traded veteran passer Robert Quinn to the Philadelphia Eagles for a fourth-round pick.

Smith and Quinn were the leaders of the Bears defense. When Quinn was dealt past Smith, linebacker even got emotional during a press conference. He didn’t know that he would also be gone within the week.

The decisions taken by new general manager Ryan Poles have not been appreciated by all. Safety Eddie Jackson wondered aloud this week what the Bears’ vision for the 2022 campaign is.

“Your thoughts start going through your head like, ‘Why are we playing?'” Jackson said, via NFL.com. “Is their (front office) vision still the same as the players’ vision? We’re trying to get to the Super Bowl, get to the playoffs, things like that. Like I said, I I’m not upstairs. I get it. I get it. But it just hits different.”

The Bears’ offense has made strides since their bye week, but the defense now statistically ranks 16th in the league (344 total offensive yards allowed per game). The losses of Smith and Quinn only hurt this unit.

Besides losing the defense of two of his best point guards, Jackson also said the younger players were caught off guard by the trades.

“Especially for young guys, they look at us like, ‘Yo, is this normal? (Does) this happen?'” Jackson said. “But that’s the kind of stuff that happens. So we just have to rally around each other, and the older guys have to step in.”

The Poles’ goal in 2022 probably isn’t to make the Super Bowl, but it’s trying to put this franchise in a position to make major progress in the offseason.

“I appreciate the locker room and what it means and the culture,” Poles said after Quinn’s trade, via NFL.com. “And it sucks to play with that, to be completely honest with you. But, again, my job is to do what’s best for this organization, not just now but in the future.”

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