I heard a couple of fans after Sunday’s season opening win complaining that Julius Peppers didn’t do much. On the Doug & OB postgame, I also heard Ed O’Bradovich saying more was expected out of our new $90 million man. O’Bradovich focused on the fact that he ended up with zero tackles.
My opinion is, I think they’re nuts. As we all know, Peppers drove in on Lion quarterback Matt Stafford, violently sacked him in a key situation, separating Stafford from the ball and his shoulder from his body in the process. I believe he also was credited with four pressures and a tackle.
To me, if you get a sack, a forced fumble, a tackle and knock the opposing quarterback from the game, good things are going to happen. I was very satisfied with his debut performance as a Bear.
In other news, Lovie Smith got testy with the fans and media yesterday, questioning our understanding of “football 101.” According to Smith, “football 101″ includes applying single coverage to one of the best receivers in the game on make-or-break plays, and refusing to kick a 17-yard field goal for the lead when trailing. Who would have known? (Please note sarcasm).
Also, Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times predicts that Smith will be the first coach to be fired in 2010. Smith can continue with his defiant act, but the wolves are certainly stirring, already.