3 Chicago Bears trending in wrong direction in 2022

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We all knew this season was about tracking progress for a big offseason when we finally can see what Ryan Poles does with real assets. Still, while the Chicago Bears are building toward the future, they do need to see progress from some players along the way. We have seen that in some, but others are trending in the other direction.

Which players from the Chicago Bears are not hitting their stride right now?

3. Trevis Gipson has slowed down since Chicago Bears traded Robert Quinn

When the Chicago Bears traded Robert Quinn, it appeared to open a lot of playing time for Trevis Gipson. Gipson was having the most productive season of any Bears rusher, so it was a great chance to see what he was made of.

Last year, it appeared as though Khalil Mack getting the attention made life easier for Robert Quinn. This year, it appears that once the attention shifted to Quinn, Gipson took advantage. Now, without Quinn, and eyes on Gipson, he is not producing.

Gipson has not recorded a sack since the Quinn trade and has just one quarterback hit in that span.

His pass rush productivity rating was 14 during the first seven weeks, per PFF. that is down to three. Beyond that, his pass rush win rate has dropped from 25.6% to 9.5%.

He is not getting sacks, mainly because he is not winning anymore. Beyond that, he somehow is the worst run defender in a group of bad run defenders. A significant note Sunday was the Chicago Bears using Al-Quadin Muhammad to rotate with Trevis Gipson, while Dominique Robinson led the team in snaps.

Did they give Gipson his shot as a starter, and now they have moved on to giving their pick the chance? Could Muhammad start to eat into the snaps of Gipson more than Robinson? That appears to be the case so far.