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Uh Oh. Gervon Dexter Had His Best Game Yet In Detroit


The Chicago Bears suffered another heartbreaking loss on Sunday in Detroit. They had the game won with four minutes left, up 26-14. Then they completely fell apart, as has become routine under this coaching staff. However, there was an undercurrent of optimism despite the defeat. It came from how well many of the roster’s young players performed. Tyrique Steven forced two turnovers. Darnell Wright held Aidan Hutchinson in check for most of the afternoon. Braxton Jones was even better on the left side. Roschon Johnson averaged 5.0 yards per carry. Yet the biggest development was Gervon Dexter.

Keep this in mind. The Detroit Lions have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. That includes Pro Bowl center Frank Ragnow and Pro Bowl guard Jonah Jackson. That didn’t seem to matter as Dexter gave them problems with four pressures on Jared Goff. It includes a beating Pro Bowl tackle Penei Sewell for a big hit on the quarterback. He also tipped a pass that led to an interception by Tremain Edmunds. It was the strongest performance of the season for Dexter, and he did it against some of the NFL’s best.

Gervon Dexter is becoming exactly what the Bears envisioned.

He still has work to do. The pad level remains high too often, and he hasn’t mastered full use of his hands and long arms. Still, he’s getting better. If Pro Bowlers are having difficulty dealing with him already, imagine what will happen once the experience catches up to the talent. This young man is capable of dominating. His physical capabilities always hinted at that. The mix of power and athleticism he possesses is rare. The Bears gambled that he could morph into something special with proper coaching and patience.

This is why betting on physical traits isn’t a bad idea, provided you’re sure the player has the work ethic necessary to reach their potential. Nobody expected Gervon Dexter to be this far along so fast. His improvement since the beginning of October has been rapid. It feels like only a matter of time before he supplants Justin Jones in that three-technique starting spot. Either that, or he will become a force at nose tackle while the Bears try to find somebody else at three-tech. Whatever direction they go, it’s evident they have another dawg up front.

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Nov 21, 2023 6:11 am

With the exception of center, the Bears lines seem to be good and getting better. So next year’s draft should be a QB, WR, center, and another safety. Detroit’s first long TD pass was on a deep pass that Jackson was responsible for. I know Jackson is a very good player, but for the money he gets and how often he is on the field the money doesn’t add up. Also, I really don’t know about the QB situation. The only reason I put QB was because of Fields is in his 3rd year and the Bears lack team control.

Nov 20, 2023 7:04 pm

Also I just want to acknowledge the fixing of the comment’s section. It took long enough but it got done and we appreciate it. No more “waiting on approval” before vanishing. 👏👏👏🤙

Nov 20, 2023 7:02 pm

Can we talk about why Flus thought it was a great idea to pull Tez Sweat out of the game when Detroit was in the red zone multiple times? Really would love to know the thinking behind that. Would have been a great question for Flus at the post game presser.

Nov 20, 2023 6:59 pm

He also isn’t a head case that needs 4 former college teammates to babysit him and doesn’t like to drag race around college campuses and then lie to police when he’s part of the reason 2 young lives were taken from this world. I am liking what Dexter is turning into and his future sure be really exciting.

scott brs
scott brs
Nov 20, 2023 6:10 pm

I hate to say this but I think it’s time to bench everyone that isn’t in the plans. This season really can’t get worse anyway. That would mean pretty much just Justin Jones and Jackson on defense, maybe Johnson. On offense Mooney, Herbert, Patrick and Fields. Bagent is going to be at least the backup next year so he might as well get some experience. I still like Fields and he isn’t the reason we lost all these games but it’s best for him to move on. It sucks because he’s the best quarterback the Bears have drafted in my… Read more »

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