Bears Safety Has Message for Fans Who Booed Team in Loss to Packers

Eddie Jackson felt the booing was discouraging to the Bears in their loss to the Packers.
By , 670 The Score

(670 The Score) Bears safety Eddie Jackson expressed frustration with the booing from fans at Soldier Field during his team's 10-3 loss to the Packers on Thursday, calling it "unacceptable" and discouraging to players like quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

Jackson joined the McNeil & Parkins Show on Friday afternoon and offered his thoughts on the reaction from Bears fans in the team's season-opening defeat.

"I just want to address that," Jackson said. "That booing situation, like, that's not us. That's to all my Chicago Bears fans. If you're a real Bears fan, a fan of any one of the Chicago Bears, the way we handle the situation of booing, things like that, it's called adversity. As a fan, as a player, in life, we're going to go through that.

"For them to start booing, that's something that we don't take kindly, we don't accept, we don't like. I just want to speak to the fans on that part. All the booing, we need to cut that out. It's football, we get it. Trust me, we're more frustrated than you guys are, and we don't boo our teammates. It's just a fact that they'll boo us now and cheer for us later. I feel like if you're going to ride, you're going to ride all the way. You're going to ride through the ups and the downs.

"Especially on offense. For them to build the chemistry and the confidence that we need them to have, our fans booing them, it's not acceptable. If that makes any sense. Like, we get it. We understand. We get it. But at the same time, we cheer for each other. We lift each other up. If it's not working, don't boo. Lift each other up. The one thing about our defense is we always want to put the offense on our back."

The Bears led 3-0 in the first quarter, but the Packers scored the game's lone touchdown in the second quarter and never looked back. As the game progressed, Trubisky and the offense continued to sputter. 

The boos grew louder with each of the Bears' eight punts during the game. Along the home sidelines, players heard the frustration. Players were discussing it during the game, Jackson said.

While the Bears' defense held quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to just 10 points, their offense managed only 254 yards and three points. Jackson felt the booing was especially discouraging to Trubisky, who finished the game 26-of-45 for 228 yards and an interception.

"I don't care if the offense is doing horrible, booing is not acceptable," Jackson said. "When times get hard, you don't kick anyone when they're down; you pick them up. If the offense is not scoring and you see they're not scoring, don't boo, cheer for them. Lift them up. 

"Your quarterback, he needs the confidence. You got to build him up, let him know, 'We're still rocking with you.' Let the offense know, 'We're still rocking with you.' Don't boo them. That's just one of the things I don't like.

"You got to understand he's a quarterback. He's a young quarterback. It's his third year, second year in a new offense. He needs as much confidence as he can get. It's a lot of talk going on about him on the Internet, things like that, and as a player, you're a human being. You can say you don't pay attention to this, you don't pay attention to that, but at the same time, you're human. 

"When you come out there in your home stadium, where you're supposed to be the man, the guy, and they're booing you. Come on, man, that's unacceptable."

After the game, Bears coach Matt Nagy was blunt when it came to the booing. He offered his thoughts unsolicited in the postgame press conference.

"For our fans, they have every right to boo — every right to boo," Nagy said.

Nagy also expressed to his Bears players after the game that their record is only 0-1, which is the same as it was in 2018 when Chicago went on to win the NFC North crown and finish the regular season 12-4.

When it comes to the booing, Jackson understands the frustration but still feels it being expressed that way isn't right.

"I mean, listen, I can accept that," Jackson said. "I can accept that part. Booing is unacceptable. Like, we get it, we understand your frustration, but booing is not acceptable."