A Dash of Peppers: How Will Julius Help the Chicago Defense?

March 11, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Last week’s acquisition of Julius Peppers was a big one for the Bears in many ways. 
First, it brought in a good pass rusher, helping out what has been a huge problem for the Bears. Second, it will help take some pressure off the other players on the defensive line to rush the passer and come up with some plays that might not have been there last season. Finally, Chicago can count on Peppers making it hard for opposing offenses to game plan against the Bears defense game in and game out: What an advantage.
As we saw last season, the Bears struggled on defense against the pass; most of that had to do with not getting any pressure in the backfield. Starting defensive ends Adewale Ogunleye and Alex Brown just couldn’t get up the field and get to the quarterback. The line only accrued 24 sacks in 2009, and this doesn’t get it done when it comes to stopping an opponent’s passing game.
Peppers has the athletic ability to get up the field in a hurry...

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