Trevis Gipson emerging as a force on Bears defensive line
Chicago Bears defensive end Trevis Gipson stopped by Bear Essentials with Dan Hampton and Tom Thayer.
The third year defensive end from the University of Tulsa has played in four of the five games between the Bears and Packers since he was drafted.
Gipson, who sacked Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers twice Sunday, shared his takeaways as to what led to a Bears loss to their division rivals.
“Honestly, I think it was just self-inflicted wounds on our defense. We could have done better at tackling, getting the guy down before he even gained more yards after contact. It was just a bunch of things but we have to tip our hats to them. They planned well but I think if we would have played better as a defense, the results would have been different,” Gipson said following the Bears’ 27-10 loss to the Packers.
Throughout his Bears career, Gipson has played in 25 games (including 9 starts) and recorded 9 sacks while learning to be versatile moving from an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive front to a defensive end in a 4-3 defense (which is what the Bears are running 2022).
While rotating through different positions, Gipson explained the similarities and differences between each position.
“You know, there’s a bunch of similarities. It’s just getting to the quarterback as fast as I can. Whether that’s from the defensive tackle position, the left end, right end, wherever it may be. I think that’s a big similarity,” Gipson said. “As far as the differences, pass rush happens a little quicker on the inside. The left side, I feel more comfortable but I can also play the right side defensive end. It’s really just trying to get to the quarterback as fast as possible, getting him off his hitch, disrupting him, counters, knowing whether they like to escape through the B-gaps or A-gaps. It’s really just taking a lot of knowledge into the game and using that to my advantage.”
As the Bears prepare for their Week 3 matchup against the Houston Texans, Gipson explained how the Bears can shut down the Texans offense and help his team to a 2-1 record.
“Last week, we didn’t show a good run defense so that’s going to be our main thing going into this week. We can’t get to the passer on third down if we don’t get past first and second down. That’s going to be our main thing. Hamstring tackling, trying to create some takeaways and creating some momentum,” Gipson said ahead of their matchup against the Texans.
Watch the full interview with Trevis Gipson above.