Saturday, December 3, 2022

Ex-Player Shows Proof Kyler Gordon Is Going To Be Really Good


Kyler Gordon was the scapegoat for many from the Chicago Bears‘ rough 27-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He was targeted no less than 13 times by Aaron Rodgers, by far the most of any defensive back. Ten of those passes were completed for 165 yards and two touchdowns. It’s obvious the Packers intended to pick on him and had lots of success doing so. That means he must’ve looked lost out there, right?

Not exactly. NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger saw something different when reviewing the tape. Gordon stood out positively on several reps Sunday night, both in coverage and as a run defender. It was enough for him to post a two-minute video highlighting several instances. Baldinger thinks Gordon had a growing moment in Green Bay, as most young players do. Once he has the experience, he will become a good player for this team.

Kyler Gordon was given a rough job.

Most rookie cornerbacks start their NFL career playing on the outside. It makes sense. They can use the sideline to their advantage against receivers and will have safety help over the top. The Bears didn’t give their top draft pick any such luxury. They threw him right into the nickel corner spot from the jump. That is a brutal first assignment. Nickel corners not only have to cover more ground, but they also don’t have much help from safeties. It’s one-on-one quite often. Against a pinpoint passer like Aaron Rodgers, that is asking a lot.

Whenever Gordon got to line up outside, he was far better. The cold reality is the coaches don’t think they have anybody more capable of playing nickel. Tavon Young and Thomas Graham Jr. couldn’t stay healthy. Now both are gone. They seem content to let Kyler Gordon work through the growing pains. The good news is he won’t face many quarterbacks like Rodgers the rest of the season.

Provided he doesn’t lose confidence in himself, he has more than enough ability to get a lot better in the coming months.


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Sep 21, 2022 11:02 am

Kyler Gordon is getting a crash course in the NFL, primarily due to him missing the majority of OTAs and training camp. There are no short cuts!

Sam K
Sam K
Sep 21, 2022 10:30 am

@Cody – Young is on IR, and out for the season I believe.

Sam K
Sam K
Sep 21, 2022 10:21 am

F – Rogers LOL Can’t stand that dude, but love him or hate him, he can put the ball in places that most QB’s just cannot. Very tough job for a rookie going against him with minimal help. As Gator Joe said, you’re gona win some and lose some… I like that Gordon never seemed to lose any confidence. Thats a big deal for a CB in the NFL. He will get better every game, and he will get better with his angles and recognizing route concepts. But he’s tough, and he’s pretty dam sticky in coverage. You aren’t playing… Read more »

Sep 21, 2022 10:17 am

Why is Tavon Young not in the slot? We committed so much to run game that no one could help Gordon so cant be too hard on him.

Gator Joe
Gator Joe
Sep 21, 2022 7:46 am

Rodgers vs any rookie CB is going to be a win for the QB. Gordon did not miss an assignment that I could see. He did get beat on a few plays but that is the nature of the position. Win some, tie some, damage control on some and sometimes you just get beat by great route, great throw, great scheming, whatever. He will improve but the film from this game is invaluable in that process.

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