Trevis Gipson had been an advanced stats darling for the Chicago Bears in recent years. He is the player who often would excel on his limited number of snaps, so fans started to get excited at the idea of him being that solid over a bigger sample size. Fans got to see Trevis Gipson in that bigger sample as he slowly became one of the most notable edge rushers on the roster thanks to trades of Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn.
Chicago Bears Advanced Stats Review: Trevis Gipson
So, what do the advanced stats tell us about Trevis Gipson?
First, it was a tale of two halves of the year for Gipson. There was life before Robert Quinn and life after Robert Quinn. Before Robert Quinn things were fine, and he was not getting all of the attention. After Robert Quinn was traded, teams began to double-team Gipson at a high rate. He saw the attention that elite pass rushers usually get, and he faltered. So, for Gipson, we will view his season in full view, but also break things down pre-and-post-trade.
Pressure per snap
Last season Trevis Gipson recorded pressures on 8.9% of his pass rush attempts. This had him ranked 58th in the NFL out of 73 qualified rushers. Sadly enough, he actually still had a better rate than both Al-Quadin Muhammad and Dominique Robinson.
What is stunning is that Gipson had a 14.3% pressure per snap rate when Robert Quinn was in the lineup. That would have been good for 13th in the NFL. However, in life without Quinn, he was at 5.3%, which would have had him down at 70th best, one of the worst rates in the NFL. That is night and day difference, and it came at the flip of a switch, showing how obvious it is that Gipson struggled when the attention shifted to him.
Pass rush win rate
We see the exact same scenario here. He had a 24.4% in the first half of the season, which would have been right around the 10th or 11th best in the NFL. Then, in the second half, he was at 8.5%, which was closer to 55th best in the NFL. Overall, the average was 16.5%, which would put him 37th, nearly in between both.
Run Stops per snap
His overall run stop per snap rate is 5.5%, which had him 70th amongst 73 qualified rushers. This is obviously bad. In the first half of the season, he was at 7.5%, which still was 54th. So, it was better, but still below average. The reality is that had a run stop per snap rate of 4.8% in the second half of the season, which would have been 71st. So, that pulled him down to 70th overall, although he was not strong in this area, to begin with.
Missed tackle rate
Lastly, he did not miss a tackle in the first half of the season, but his rate shot up to 14.3% with three missed tackles in the second half of the season.
Overall, there is reason to think that Trevis Gipson can still get better as a pass rusher. While it can be true that the higher volume of snaps may have hurt his efficiency, and he just wore down as the year went on, it can also be true that he will not have as much attention on him this year, and perhaps can expand that first half of the season run out into the second half. If that becomes the case, we could see an above-average rusher.
On the flip side, he was never good in run defense. He got worse as the year went on, but even as he was succeeding as a pass rusher, he was below average in this area. The Chicago Bears need big improvement here, and the hope is that the additions on the edge will get his pass rush back on track.