Julius Peppers hasn't been content rushing off the edge this year. To avoid the chip blocks and…
Unconventional deployment of Peppers
Chicago Bears Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers only played three quarters in Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. He's still nursing a sprained knee and there was no need to keep him on the field in the fourth quarter of a blowout win. Yet no player had as much of an impact on the game as Peppers did in just three periods of play. He racked up three tackles, a pass deflection, a sack and a forced fumble. One can only imagine what he would have accomplished on two good legs. Through his last four games, Peppers has 4.0 sacks – easily the most on the team during that timeframe. Yet in the Bears' first five games, he earned just 2.0 sacks, and that was when both his knees were 100 percent. DE Julius PeppersScott Boehm/Getty The difference has been the manner in which defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli has deployed his best pass rusher. Through the first five weeks, opposing offenses double-teamed and triple-teamed Peppers on nearly every play. And when he didn't have two...
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