One of the writers for a major Chicago newspaper today wrote a piece on Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers. Peppers, entering free agency, recently declared that he is through with the Panthers and will explore the open market this offseason.
The writer declared that the Bears must pounce on Peppers, who racked up a career high 14.5 sacks in 2008. I would most certainly agree with that, as the foremost problem ailing the Bears may be their lack of a pass rush, key to success for any team running a predominantly cover two defense.
Problem? Peppers has made it clear to everyone (except this writer?) that he intends to go to a team running a 3-4 defense. Period. Since we all know Lovie Smith isn’t changing his scheme for anyone, this would absolutely rule the Chicago Bears out. Am I missing something, or is this information a reporter from the real media should be privy to?
I’m sure it’s just me. I’m a denizen of the not-so-brave world of blogging. And actually, I like it here.
[Update January 19th-Boers and Bernstein on 670 the Score are talking about this very subject, how this writer failed to learn that Peppers has declared he will not play for any team that runs a 4-3 defense. Interesting, B&B lit in pretty good to the writer-Boers saying "not too good for a football guy."]