Up Close: The Defensive Ends

May 2, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The biggest change to come on the team this offseason was the acquisition of former Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers. Peppers should help ignite the pass rush for the Bears and make this unit feared in the eyes of quarterbacks. Yet another big change came when the Bears released long time starter Alex Brown in a move that not only saved them money but opened up the doors for Mark Anderson to become the starter. Many feel that the release of Brown was a mistake and perhaps they are right.
(Please remember that we covered Israel Idonije with the defensive tackles)
Anderson had a big rookie season but fell off after that and clearly hasn’t been the same player. In 2009, Anderson played in all 16 games starting two. He recorded 28 total tackles with 22 solo and six assisted. He also recorded three and a half sacks. At the time that this is being written, Anderson has not signed his free agent tender but that is just a moot point right now as he is sure to be b...

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