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2010 Game Changers: Julius Peppers


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On the opening day of free agency, the Bears inked Defensive End Julius Peppers to a $91.5 million dollar deal

The 6-foot-7 Peppers brings uncanny athletic ability but questionable consistency, along with the 81 sacks he collected in eight seasons with Carolina -- 10½ last year. In Chicago, he'll get to play alongside Lance Briggs, Urlacher and Tommie Harris and give a much-needed boost to a defense that ranked 17th overall and tied for 13th in sacks with 35.

There's no questioning his ability.  He is a game changer.  The Bears need his pass-rushing ability to make the Tampa-2 defense work.  In 2005 & 2006, the Bears were ranked 2nd & 5th in total defense.  They ranked 9th & 8th in the NFL with 41 & 40 sacks respectively.  In 2008 & 2009, the Bears have had 28 sacks (22nd ranked) & 35 sacks (13th rank).  Julius Peppers is being brought to Chicago to get after the quarterback; something he is very good at doing:

 

Julius Peppers 2009 Highlights (via SteveSmithTD89)

Please note at 3:00 when Peppers blows up Vikings tackle Bryant McKinnie to envelope Favre.  Hopefully we see a lot more of that this season.

Peppers can make plays from both the right and left end spot which is something he will probably do here in Chicago as well. 


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