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Eddie Jackson raves about new position coach | Quick Hits – ChicagoBears.com





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Eddie Jackson couldn’t be more impressed with his new position coach.
Andre Curtis was hired as Bears safeties coach this year after spending the past 16 seasons as an NFL assistant, including the last seven with the Seahawks.
“He’s one of the best coaches that I have had in my career, the things that he teaches us,” said Jackson, a 2017 fourth-round pick who’s entering his sixth season with the Bears. “He’s very smart. His football IQ is through the roof.”
During Curtis’ tenure in Seattle as safeties coach (2015-16), defensive backs coach (2017) and defensive passing game coordinator (2018-21), six of his players combined to make nine trips to the Pro Bowl. That group included three members of the “Legion of Boom:” Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas.
Curtis has liked what he’s seen from Jackson, especially in terms of his instincts.
“His anticipation is pretty good,” Curtis said. “Some people can play football. Some people can see and learn football. Those people can feel stuff as the game goes on, and that’s what he has. He does a really good job with that.”
Jackson told reporters this week that one thing he really likes about the new defense that should help accentuate his strengths is “being free.”
“When I say free, I mean as in more as a free safety role, being a guy that’s roaming in the box,” Jackson said. “I was down in the box a lot last year. Trust me, I love it. I love playing down in the box, too, but I just love getting the ball, getting interceptions, scoring touchdowns, those types of things.”
Fire burning: Defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad is a lock to make the Bears’ 53-man roster. But the sixth-year pro wasn’t always an established NFL veteran. Selected by the Saints in the sixth round of the 2017 draft, he empathizes with some of his young teammates with final cuts due by 3 p.m. (CT) Tuesday.
Muhammad made the Saints’ roster as a rookie and appeared in four games. But a year later, he was waived as part of final cuts. Claimed by the Colts, he eventually blossomed into a full-time starter with Indianapolis, establishing career highs with 48 tackles and 6.0 sacks last season.
Asked about his humbling beginnings in the NFL, Muhammad said: “I definitely think about it. To get to this point where I’m at right now, I always think about it to, I wouldn’t say motivate myself, but just keep that burning in the back of my mind that it’s never over and every day it’s like an interview.”
Awesome addition: Veteran defensive tackle Trevon Coley, who signed with the Bears Aug. 5, has recorded a team-leading three sacks in the first two preseason games.
“He’s fit right in and picked up the scheme really fast,” said defensive line coach Travis Smith. “He’s kind of been thrown into a few different roles and even played a rep at defensive end for us. Production speaks for itself. He’s been able to win one-on-ones in pass rush, he plays really hard, he runs to the ball. He’s been awesome, an awesome addition to the room.”
Coley has appeared in 44 NFL games with 31 starts over four seasons with the Browns (2017-18), Colts (2019) and Cardinals (2020), registering 100 tackles, 14 tackles-for-loss and 3.5 sacks. He missed all of last season with a foot injury he sustained in the preseason while playing for the Titans.
Impressive traits: Expectations are high for linebacker Nicholas Morrow, who signed with the Bears this year after spending his first five NFL seasons with the Raiders.
Morrow, who missed all of the 2021 campaign due to an ankle injury, appealed to the Bears because of his speed, instincts and intelligence.
“Nick can flourish because he’s smart and he can run, [and] he plays physical,” said linebackers coach Dave Borgonzi. “When you get those three things, when you can run and you’re smart and you’re physical, any player—whether it’s a linebacker, defensive lineman or safety—has a chance to be successful.”
Take a look at the best photos taken throughout Enjoy Illinois Training Camp, including the Meijer Family Fest practice at Soldier Field, as chosen by Bears photographers.
RB Khalil Herbert
LB Matthew Adams, WR Cole Kmet
DB DeAndre Houston-Carson
QB Justin Fields
Passing game coordinator/receivers coach Tyke Tolbert, safeties coach Andre Curtis, assistant defensive backs coach David Overstreet II
DL Al-Quadin Muhammad, QB Trevor Siemian
DB Jaquan Brisker
QB Trevor Siemian
OL Braxton Jones
DL Mike Pennel Jr.
DB Kyler Gordon
QB Justin Fields
Defensive backs coach James Rowe
K Cairo Santos, P Trenton Gill
DL Justin Jones, DL Mike Pennel Jr.
WR Kevin Shaa
RB Khakil Herbert, FB Jake Tonges, RB De’Montre Tuggle, RB Trestan Ebner, FB Khari Blasingame, RB David Montgomery, RB Darrynton Evans
LB Caleb Johnson, FB Khari Blasingame
RB Khalil Herbert
DB Eddie Jackson
RB Darrynton Evans
LB Caleb Johnson
QB Trevor Siemian
LB Nicholas Morrow
DB A.J. Thomas
RB Trestan Ebner
DB Jaylon Jones
RB Trestan Ebner
Former Bears tight end Zach Miller
QB Justin Fields
WR Darnell Mooney
DB Jaylon Jones
P Trenton Gill
RB Khalil Herbert
DL Al-Quadin Muhammad
DL Micah Dew-Treadway
TE Ryan Griffin, QB Trevor Siemian
DL Robert Quinn
DB DeAndre Houston-Carson
LB Trevis Gipson
TE Chase Allen
WR Nsimba Webster
DB Lamar Jackson
Head coach Matt Eberflus
RB David Montgomery
DB Elijah Hicks
TE Cole Kmet, LB Jack Sanborn
DB Elijah Hicks
DB Jaquan Brisker
DB Jaquan Brisker
General manager Ryan Poles
Head coach Matt Eberflus
LS Patrick Scales
DB A.J. Thomas
DB Lamar Jackson
DB Lamar Jackson
QB Justin Fields
RB Khalil Herbert
FB Jake Tonges
RB Darrynton Evans
WR Chris Finke
DL Trevis Gipson
DL Mario Edwards Jr., DL Robert Quinn
WR Nsimba Webster
Assistant defensive backs coach David Overstreet II, DB Jaylon Johnson
TE Ryan Griffin, LB Matthew Adams
TE Ryan Griffin
Bears defensive coordinator Alan Williams spoke to reporters on Thursday about the progress from the defense, Robert Quinn’s leadership and new players.
Veteran Robert Quinn remains with the Bears in part because his intense style of play fits perfectly with the identity that general manager Ryan Poles and coach Matt Eberflus are instilling at Halas Hall.
Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy has been pleased with how the offensive line has improved as well as how the unit has bought into what they’ve been asked to do, saying: “I love their playing style.”
After sitting out wins over the Chiefs and Seahawks, Bears running back David Montgomery displayed his cutback ability and physicality during a 21-20 victory over the Browns in Saturday night’s preseason finale in Cleveland.
While Matt Eberflus developed the phrasing for his “HITS” principle, the origin of the concept was heavily influenced by former Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli during their time together in Dallas.
For the second straight day Sunday, the Bears defensive line helped produce an interception in practice, providing more evidence that the defense is buying into coach Matt Eberflus’ “HITS” principle.
Bears coach Matt Eberflus was pleased with Teven Jenkins’ play during Thursday’s preseason game in Seattle. The second-year pro started at right guard and played 23 snaps after having just a few days of practicing at the position.
Bears rookie third-round pick Velus Jones Jr. made amends for an early fumble with a 48-yard punt return that set up the Bears’ first touchdown in Thursday night’s 27-11 preseason win over the Seahawks in Seattle.
Although it will vary by individual, coach Matt Eberflus said Tuesday that Bears starters generally will play 6-10 snaps in Thursday night’s preseason game against the Seahawks in Seattle.
Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy loved how running back Trestan Ebner finished his 27-yard run against the Chiefs, saying: “The way he put his foot in the ground and got us five more yards, that’s the mentality we’re to build here.”
Bears undrafted rookie linebacker Jack Sanborn made an impressive debut for the team he grew up cheering for, registering an interception and fumble recovery in Saturday’s 19-14 preseason-opening win over the Chiefs.
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