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Bears say Julius Peppers was worth it

As expected, Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers has had a positive impact on the Chicago Bears' defense.

The Bears made Peppers their No. 1 priority in free agency, and they lured him from the Carolina Panthers with a six-year contract. In the first three years of the deal, Peppers is guaranteed $42 million.

And he's worth it, Coach Lovie Smith said.

"He's been just outstanding [and] not only with his play," Smith said. "His play has been that. We've gotten special play from him. Offenses have to take notice where he is [on] all plays. His leadership on the field ... he's not a big, vocal, scream, yell, loud-mouth guy.

"But he goes to work. He's definitely a leader by example. [He] moved into that role here, of course, elected captain by our team. Can't complain about anything he's done. Off the field, he's been the same way."

The four-time all-pro player has been credited with 13 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles. He also has an interception.

Game planning against Peppers always presents challenges, Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said.

"You think you got him blocked because you think you got a pocket far enough away from the quarterback, but he sticks out his six-foot-long arms and he can actually reach the guy," Shanahan said the other day at Redskins Park. "You get surprised.

"There are clips on tape versus the [New York] Giants where Eli [Manning] looks like he has a pocket, Peppers is about five yards away from him, and he reaches over and strips the ball. The quarterback has got to keep stepping up. The tackles just can't finish. They have to keep pushing him up the field."

By Jason Reid  | October 22, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
 
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Another no reader...

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 22, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 22, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

A worthy cause. If boobies have pink, what color should the noazzatal movement fly?

Posted by: RomoLongballs | October 22, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Peppers looks like a bargain next to another high-priced, big game free agent on the Redskins' roster.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | October 22, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Brown I agree Jahvid Best is scary. But I don't think this game is going to be as physical as people think.

Posted by: coop2401 | October 22, 2010 11:04 AM |

Uh, what team have you been watching? With the Skins out there it doesn't have a choice.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 22, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Thank you for visiting Bears Insider

Posted by: PlayAction | October 22, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Peppers will be a load come Sunday. But linemen do not tend to get better with age. Look for JP to wear down as the season goes on.

Think guys like him are looking forward to 18 games?

Posted by: NYPDee | October 22, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Think guys like him are looking forward to 18 games?

Posted by: NYPDee | October 22, 2010 11:16 AM

Probably they're only looking forward to the extra money.

Posted by: beep-beep | October 22, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Brown I agree Jahvid Best is scary. But I don't think this game is going to be as physical as people think.

Posted by: coop2401 | October 22, 2010 11:04 AM |

Uh, what team have you been watching? With the Skins out there it doesn't have a choice.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 22, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

They have Suh, we have Rabach. There will be plenty of physicality, that dude can single handedly rip apart our interior Oline.

But its the Bears this week. I think Peppers mainly goes against jamall this week but they prob still do the usual moving around with him.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 22, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Lovie Smith hopes offense will cut down on sacks

Can't say I feel for the Bears.

They've been trying to fix their offense since the days Jim McMahon, Tommy Kramer, and Vince Evans.

Then, they switch Ron Turner out for Mike Martz, a guy who's hiring is the NFL's version of 'jumping the shark'.

Lovie Smith is a good man, but if the Bears implode, my money says he's fired.

And his sacking is the one thing he hopes his offense cuts down on.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 22, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

And btw good lawd those Oregon Ducks can rack up some points. Need to get some LeMichael James type players on our team...

Posted by: Stu27 | October 22, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

"Bears say Julius Peppers was worth it"

What did you expect them to say?

Hell, the Skins said the same sh*t six games into AH's first year here and we see how that's working out.

I know that's apples/oranges, but you can't say whether he's a good/bad signing until he's at least played a year or two there.

Coop, ANY game we play is gonna be physical. The Bears are always physical. I don't see where you don't think this is gonna be an all-out barfight....

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 22, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: coop2401 | October 22, 2010 11:04 AM |

Uh, what team have you been watching? With the Skins out there it doesn't have a choice.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 22, 2010 11:13 AM
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exactly..i just posted something like this
on the last thread..the Skins get physical!

Posted by: jcnjcnj | October 22, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I know that's apples/oranges, but you can't say whether he's a good/bad signing until he's at least played a year or two there.

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 22, 2010 11:29 AM

Same with Haynesworth? Let's make up our minds at the end of the year?

Posted by: beep-beep | October 22, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

16 games for Haynesworth may take a few years.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 22, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

They have Suh, we have Rabach. There will be plenty of physicality, that dude can single handedly rip apart our interior Oline.


No matter how good you think Suh is, we've faced Jay Ratliff and BJ Raji were still able to move the ball.

Best and Johnson and Pettigrew are a nice 'trio' to put around Stafford.

The bears' game is winnable.

The lions game will be a fight.

But we should win that one, too.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 22, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Haynesworth and Peppers

Both are gifted, physical freaks.

The difference? One loves football, one does not.

Outside of the measurables, which are taken care of at the combine...love of football is probably the greatest predictor of NFL success.

This is the reason I have such high hopes for Anthony Armstrong. Seems like he has the game...and his story proves he loves football. Most people would've given it up after any one of those set-backs.

Posted by: MColeman51 | October 22, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

"Haynesworth and Peppers...Both are gifted, physical freaks."

I'm taking Peppers as he's an every down player.

Heck, I bet that in a crush, he could play tight end if need be.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 22, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Same with Haynesworth? Let's make up our minds at the end of the year?

Posted by: beep-beep | October 22, 2010 11:41 AM


Technically, I guess....but I think this past offseason kinda tips the scales toward the bad side, don't you think? PA got it right...it might take 3 seasons for AH to get to play 16 games...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 22, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

No matter how good you think Suh is, we've faced Jay Ratliff and BJ Raji were still able to move the ball.


I think he is better then them...

Posted by: Stu27 | October 22, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth and Peppers

Both are gifted, physical freaks.

The difference? One loves football, one does not.

Posted by: MColeman51 | October 22, 2010 11:48 AM
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Who loves football?...if you're impling that Peppers do the Panther fans may say different..i think a lot of Redskin fans have read too much BS in regards to Haynesworth that the believe they know him..whos to say that he doesn't love football..whos to say that Peppers do..just because Shanny has chose not to play Haynesworth doesn't means he doesn't love football..just because Haney prefers to workout on his own doesn't mean he doesn't love football..Haney wrecks shop we he in there..Peppers wrecks also..who loves wrecking and who don't..if they're both doing it..who's to say?

Posted by: jcnjcnj | October 22, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Need to get some LeMichael James type players on our team...

Posted by: Stu27 | October 22, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse


He's a redshirt sophomore. He could be coming out in next year's draft.

Posted by: TWISI | October 22, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Heck, I bet that in a crush, he could play tight end if need be.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 22, 2010 11:51 AM

Could you imagine the rush of fear a free safety would feel if he saw Julius Peppers catch a pass over the middle, shake the tackle from the linebacker, and get his shoulders squared?

Posted by: MColeman51 | October 22, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth and Peppers

Both are gifted, physical freaks.

The difference? One loves football, one does not.

Posted by: MColeman51 | October 22, 2010 11:48 AM


Have you read the book on Peppers? They've been questioning whether he loves football for years in Carolina. He's another guy that coasts on natural ability, IMO...though not to the degree of AH.

Remember...Peppers used to play basketball at UNC and I think that's his first love. I've heard talk for years that he only played football because he was a cinch 1st round pick and that he's too much of a tweener in b-ball...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 22, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Someone needs to track games lost after playing the skins.

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Colts put Dallas Clark on injured reserve
Posted by Michael David Smith on October
22, 2010 11:50 AM ET

The news on Dallas Clark's injured wrist is about as bad as it could possibly be.

The Colts announced today that Clark, their Pro Bowl tight end, needs season-ending wrist surgery. He will go on injured reserve.

"It's unfortunate, but it's been confirmed that surgery is necessary to repair the injury to my wrist," Clark said in a statement released by the team. "I have met with three great surgeons, Dr. [Arthur] Rettig of the Colts, Dr. [Thomas] Wiedrich in Chicago and Dr. [Thomas] Graham in Cleveland. All three have helped me and my family out tremendously during this process. I look forward to supporting my teammates the rest of this season and rehabilitating my wrist back to full strength for next season."

Clark has been the Colts' starting tight end since they drafted him in 2003. This season he's third on the team with 37 catches for 347 yards, and second on the team with three touchdowns.

Posted by: TWISI | October 22, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Any of you scouts out there have your eye on a favorite monster NT coming out next year? I'm already salivating at the prospect of drafting Maake's replacement to make this scheme work.

Haney is too much of a look-at-me player to ever be the answer at nose. But he might be a force at end with the right guy next to him. If he's still here, that is.

Posted by: NYPDee | October 22, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

just because Shanny has chose not to play Haynesworth doesn't means he doesn't love football...

Posted by: jcnjcnj | October 22, 2010 12:02 PM


You're right...we're led to believe that AH doesn't love football because he doesn't give it 100% unless he's in line to be paid and sat out an entire offseason program because he didn't like the way he'd line up playing "the game he loves". Not sure where that could be misunderstood...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 22, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: TWISI | October 22, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

No matter what any of us or any NFL GM's around the league think of Haney's selfish and immature antics, they know one thing for sure that's almost always been a question mark regarding AH....

...He's as in-shape as he's ever been. Not saying it's great shape, but compared to previous years (save for his contract year with TN in '07) he's fit as a fiddle.

I think Shanny is winning this battle of wills which, in my humble opinion, only serves for the betterment of the entire team. I think Haney is starting to give more weight (pardon the pun) to getting with the program if he wants to play.

My bold prediction is that Haney will have an interception in this game and while chugging forward and about to be tackled, laterals to Carlos Rogers who promptly fumbles right back to 'da Bers.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | October 22, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

No matter how good you think Suh is, we've faced Jay Ratliff and BJ Raji were still able to move the ball.


I think he is better then them...

Posted by: Stu27 | October 22, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I'd list them this way, with a couple more added in:

1. Ratliff
2. Dockett
3. Ngata
4. Suh
5. Raji ???

I need to see a little more from Suh before I put him higher. Most of them are NTs, if I were to include all DTs, I'd probably have to put Haynesworth ahead of Suh as well, when motivated!

Posted by: monk811 | October 22, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Beeps...the Haz teaching Carlos how to catch!

Posted by: PlayAction | October 22, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Any of you scouts out there have your eye on a favorite monster NT coming out next year?

Posted by: NYPDee | October 22, 2010 12:10 PM


Yeah...Rosie O'Donnell. There's some age concerns, but seems like a real space-eater...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 22, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

You're right...we're led to believe that AH doesn't love football because he doesn't give it 100% unless he's in line to be paid and sat out an entire offseason program because he didn't like the way he'd line up playing "the game he loves". Not sure where that could be misunderstood...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 22, 2010 12:11 PM
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Here's how it gets to be misunderstood...
They only people to ever say Haney doesn't always give 100% are the media and fans..i've heard no coach or player ever make this statement..in fact, Fisher wants him back...as far as getting paid..how many new contracts have Haney had so far..one! a major FA contract..so to say he only plays when he's up for a new contract is 'Haney hating at best"...off season programs are volutary..he worked out as a professional athlete should...he just did it on his own...he came in in-shape and less weight which proves that...Haynesworth appears to be stand-offish no doubt..so he's misunderstood...

Posted by: jcnjcnj | October 22, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

i think our "D" would be top ranked right now if we ended up landing Peppers but oh well

Posted by: warriorking1112 | October 22, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

shanny has somehow used haynesworth's petulance to the team's advantage, it's masterful and is going to wind up helping haynesworth too.

hope he plays we need it.

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | October 22, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

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