Chicago Bears: 3 Duds from Week 9 vs. Steelers

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Chicago Bears, Kindle Vildor
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Chicago Bears Week 9 Dud No. 2: Kindle Vildor

Early in the season, it looked like the Chicago Bears might have something in Kindle Vildor. It is safe to say that might have been a hasty judgment. Vildor had arguably one of his worst games as a pro against the Steelers. He was picked on all night and let up a couple of huge plays that got the Steelers going, including a touchdown to Pat Friermuth.

The Bears have a real need to address the secondary because after a game like that it is hard to see Vildor being in the mix as the CB2 going forward. He looked lost in coverage on multiple occasions, including the big play to Dionte Johnson on the Steelers’ last drive of the game. He lacks the size and speed to play on the boundary consistently, as seen with Chase Claypool and Friermuth both going over the top and winning jump ball plays against Vildor.

While the whole defense was already on the losers’ list for their sloppy play, especially late in the game, Vildor deserves a call out of his own for how he played. I had high praise for Vildor coming out of the draft and I saw a potential gem for the Bears going forward. Unfortunately, he has just not panned out this year. He is playing a huge role for the team and he just does not seem developed enough to be the CB2. The lack of depth at the position has forced the Bears to rely heavily on him across from Jaylon Johnson.

Going forward the Bears might need to send more help and double teams to the side Vildor is playing on in order to prevent the big plays. Quarterbacks are going to target Vildor more, especially with how well Jaylon Johnson has been playing this year. Vildor will need to step it up after a poor effort against the Steelers.