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Julius Peppers to Work with Packers Linebackers

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy confirmed on Tuesday that new free-agent signee Julius Peppers will work with the linebackers this season in an interview from the NFL Owners Meetings in Orlando, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

What this means, for one, is that Peppers will largely be working with linebacker coach Winston Moss. Conversely, it also means he won't be working closely with defensive line coach Mike Trgovac, despite the connection between the two from their former days with the Carolina Panthers.

Peppers, as could have been expected, will be utilized mainly as an edge rusher and at 34 years old, won't be playing the 800-plus snaps he did last season with the Chicago Bears, per ESPNWisconsin.com reporter Jason Wilde.

One of the more interesting developments will be to watch is how much Peppers plays in a two-point stance as opposed to having his hand in the dirt as he has for much of his career.

It stands to reason that Peppers won't be asked to drop into coverage very often and may be rushing from a three-points stance more often than Packers outside linebackers have ever done in the past under defensive coordinator Dom Capers.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

Uh oh...

Ruppert's picture

I just want him to rush the QB. I don't really care where he lines up before doing so. And I'll get slightly nauseous if I see him attempting to cover a TE.

COW's picture

A 290 lb, 34 year old, first time linebacker.

Sweet.

Birney the baker's picture

Shirley the Packers can't be serious? lol

jeremyjjbrown's picture

Who's Shirley?

jeremyjjbrown's picture

Ahhhh, forgot about Airplane.

4thand1's picture

WTF, no draft yet, OTA's, mini camps, or training camp. You dumb fucks are flying off the handle making retarded assumptions. I don't care if he dresses up as a cheerleader, as long as he helps the Packers win. I think MM is playing with some really simple minds, sitting back and LHFAO.

Stroh's picture

I couldn't agree more... Find it funny that any announcement is taken as a statement of fact right now. Just like saying Bulaga and Bahktiari will be lining up at RT and LT respectively. Well DUH...

Doesn't mean much of anything right now.

Allan Murphy's picture

heres a good one for you who is wearing #90 peppers or bj ????????? do anybody got the answer ???

4thand1's picture

Its easy, Raji. He's the established vet. Peppers would have to buy it from him if he wanted it. Maybe Raji will ask 4 mil for the 4 mil he lost by turning down the mid season offer.

Stroh's picture

LMAO... Good one.

HankScorpio's picture

I would guess Peppers doesn't log many snaps in base 3-4. That would be sort of a built in mechanism to keep his snaps down to a range where he can be effective, IMO

It strikes me as a good thing to add a little bulk to the outside rushers in the 2-4-5 nickel. Imagine Neal and Daniels with Perry-Matthews-Hawk/Jones-Peppers. That's a lot of pass rush firepower there. Matthews can spy on mobile QBs or come as a 5th rusher. Maybe a little zone blitz principle thrown in there with offenses not knowing which 3 of Perry, Matthews, Neal and Daniels are coming.

COW's picture

"... a lot of pass rush firepower"

Perry
Neal
Daniels
Hawk
Jones
34 yo Peppers

your idea of "firepower" and mine are quite a bit different.

Guisado's picture

Woops! You *accidentally* left out Matthews......

4thand1's picture

Its what assholes do, Taco

COW's picture

you're right.
forgot about the 7 games he'll play.

4thand1's picture

Keep it up, another dumb asinine comment. Point out another of your inexcusable mistakes and you try to turn it around. Nobody likes you.

Nick Perry's picture

You need to go look at the actual number of games missed before last season, a total of 6 in 4 years prior to 2013, He broke a bone making a sack and re-broke it making a sack and finished playing 11 games. Obviously you fear Matthews or you'd stop making yourself look stupid.

COW's picture

"Woops! You *accidentally* left out Matthews......"

yep - they have Matthews. which means they have one legit pass rusher. the point i was attempting to make is that having one pass rusher does not equate to having "firepower" (in my opinion).

4thand1's picture

You should be "fired" from this site.

Nick Perry's picture

Obviously not a Packers fan. Maybe a Bears fan, tired of watching the Bears get beat down by Packers teams with 15 guys on IR. Or perhaps a Lions fan, one of only 3 teams never to play in a SB. Or a Queens fan, the team that can't develop their own players so they offer obscene amounts of money to former Packers go to finish their careers. Clearly your a bitter rival that becomes more and more bitter with each passing season. Just tired of losing, eh son?

L's picture

@COW - I don't understand; I'm pretty sure I remember you making a comment last year towards the end of training camp where you mentioned that this could potentially be the best group of raw talent the Packers have ever assembled in regards to pass rushing - noting M.Neal, N.Perry, C.Matthews, and D.Jones as incredibly talented players towards that ability.

So, why are you so negative about the group now? Especially, given that M.Daniels kind of came out of left field to prove as a pretty good interior pass rusher, M.Neal seemed to be adjusting to playing a new role but still showed he could get to the QB at a decent rate, N.Perry was really starting to shine during the season (when he was healthy), C.Matthews did his thing (again when healthy), and while D.Jones didn't demonstrate anything special during the season he's gained a full year of NFL experience and his ankle should be fully 100% recovered so hopefully he should take that big step-up in performance given his natural talent level that landed him being picked in the 1st round.

Not-to-mention, now the Pack have added a proven commodity in regards to pass rushing with the addition of J.Peppers; though, granted his age isn't ideal but when used in select subpackages he should still be able to be a major factor for opposing teams to deal with. And by maintaining "fresher" legs than what he could maintain in the last couple years during the season we might actually see a much more effective J.Peppers. Hopefully, the adjustment to playing a slightly different role won't set him back much in regards to comfort level and playing with instinct verses having to think to much and be reactive.

COW's picture

I don't recall making any such comment.

I can tell you why I'm currently not all that excited about their pass rush potential.

1. Perry's not what they'd hoped. Plus he's injury prone.
2. Neal is playing out of position... and he's injury prone.
3. Peppers is 100 years old... and done as a play-maker (anyone who disagrees with this did not watch him last year. They're reacting to his name.)
4. D. Jones is a bust. Yep - I'm making that call after one season. HE WAS LOSING SNAPS TO JOSH BOYD.
5. All of the players listed above are 4-3 players. Packers run a 3-4.
6. Capers is a dolt. For 3 straight seasons his defenses have been confused, predictable, and non-impactful.
7. A 3-4 defense revolves around linebackers. Other than Matthews, the Packers' linebackers suck balls.

murphy's picture

When is the "ignore user" feature being implemented?

When will comments with negative points stop appearing for me?

PittPackers's picture

Every post that counters "A S" has 13 "dislikes" (+/- 1, as of now), every post by "A S" has 13 "likes" (+/-1). I'm sure it's strictly a coincidence. I'm going to presuppose that I will receive roughly 13 dislikes for this post.

murphy's picture

Yep, I'm sure that it's a coincidence. That's why I'd much rather have an ignore function than a like/dislike function that doesn't actually do anything.

Guisado's picture

I wouldn't be surprised to see Peppers slim down a bit, maybe 10 lbs. He won't need so much bulk, and at his age that's a good thing. Add in the probability that he'll share playing time, and he just might play out this contract. He's a special athlete with some fresh challenges. It's a smart move for both the Packers and Peppers that just might work out.

Clay Zombo's picture

Who was signed re-signed first? That's my answer.

I for one am happy to hear that Peppers will be an OLB. I would have been pissed if they wanted to waste his talent playing 5 technique DE. Unless they plan on playing him like 4-3 DE, the guy is an edge rusher, get him on the edge of the defense and let him do what he does best.

Anybody know how many career INTs Peppers has? If they do use him in coverage im sure he will be dropping his 6'7" frame in a zone, not in man coverage. Imagine having to throw over him or around him in that zone.

Stroh's picture

9 career INT's. Not like it matters there is no chance he'll be dropping into coverage no matter where he lines up. Its not like those INT's ever came from dropping. Just batted balls that he happened to catch.

MarkinMadison's picture

Sorry, I don't mean to be a downer, but I think rule #1 with free agents is to get a guy who fits in your system. I could understand Stroh's proposed role for Peppers, but apparently the Packers don't agree. If this is what the Dom really wants to run, this hybrid system Brian has been talking about for a year now, then great. If Capers doesn't really want to run this system, then we may be in for a bumpy ride, and in hindsight the Peppers signing will look like one of those things that was just destined not to work.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

Capers actually ran a 4-3 while he was the HC of the Jaguars so he has a history outside of the 3-4. For several years now we've been hearing about this massive playbook he has, hopefully these changes mean we'll actually get to see more of it.

Stroh's picture

What is said now means little. He'll line up all along the DL and maybe even a little at OLB/Elephant End. When they had Jenkins at RDE they didn't ask him to take on double teams much at all. Capers can scheme to get Peppers in one gap whenever he lines up at DE.

If saying they plan to have Peppers stand up like a LT occasionally now forces teams to spend time thinking about it, its already a win for McCarthy.

Peppers will be a pass rusher is all that really matters.

COW's picture

Sticking square pegs in round holes... all while putting more on the plates of defenders who have a history of miscommunication and confusion.

Perfect.

Stroh's picture

I don't know who's more annoying and idiotic. You or Tom B!

Birney the baker's picture

You are clearly the most annoying person Mr. Strohkinoff!! At least Cow doesn't whine like you do!!

Stroh's picture

Most annoying would be YOU! Not to mention your my BITCH!

COW's picture

*you're

But we know what you meant, big guy.

4thand1's picture

Hi A S, nice to see you again. Looking forward to your intellectual and provocative posts every day. It makes my day just to know you're alive and doing well.

Stroh's picture

Good I'm glad. Cuz I'd hate to have to point out that its a damn blog and not a business report, or in your case a plea to your principal to let you advance on to HS even tho you couldn't pass middle school

Birney the baker's picture

Awe, Strohkinoff all upset because Cow pointed out yet another error by the legend in his own mind.

Stroh's picture

No not at all upset. Just pointing out its a damn blog and I could care less about the proper use of your/you're.

Your just my personal bitch. Even lower on the totem pole that Cowpie is...

aManOfTheNorth's picture

LOL Stroh. You have been the first to out any user's grammatical mistakes. But we see now that you can dish it out but can't take it...in spades. LOL Oh, and by the way since Stroh blood is in the water, it's "It's" not its. That's elementary.

Birney the baker's picture

Well I have as of this moment 17 people that agree with me that you the most annoying. That's a quite high amount and that tells me you obviously have a lot of enemies.

4thand1's picture

School yard polotics?

Stroh's picture

He makes up names of all his family to be able to dislike me. Its obvious.

Birney the baker's picture

Once again proving your arrogance actually thinking a single person is doing this to you. You really believe that one guy is going to waste his time on you and make up 17 different I.D's just to vote they dislike you to "make you look bad"?

How about this Strohkinoff. Maybe just maybe you make yourself look bad just by being you. You are the reason for your lack of likes. People really do dislike you Strohkinoff. You piss off people like you have done for years and this is your reward. Congrats to being the most disliked man in the world and you didn't really even try. lol

Vrog's picture

Give it a rest guys

Allan Murphy's picture

allen signs with bears should this give peppers more fire the bears think hes done ?

jimtalkbox's picture

Looking forward to a little more diversity in the defensive scheme. I LOVE the idea of moving rushers around, it's just that guys like Perry and Walden didn't give them much flexibility. I think Peppers can EXCEL in a limited role.

Jamie's picture

I'm guessing it's not a coincidence that all cowtard comments have 9 likes, and all opposing comments have 9 dislikes...the POS is so obsessed he's got 9 logins he's cycling through and liking/disliking comments.

Not that the site administrators have implemented a simple point minimum to remove the crap off of their site. Geesh...police your damn site already.

COW's picture

I've never "liked" or "disliked" a post in my life.
I don't even understand why such a feature exists.
But, whatever.

4thand1's picture

I just threw up.

LAS VEGAS-TOM's picture

You guy's kill me. This is better than the Honeymooners!!

Imma Fubared's picture

One thing you learn quickly in track and field if your a sprinter: you can run long distances. You leave that to the long distance guys who have the bodies and legs for it.

The Pack screwed with Mathews and instead of making him the best middle linebacker they made him an above average at best pass rusher.

Now they seem to know better then anyone else, after all look at the great success this defense has had in the past three years, and were going to take an old man and make him a hybred linebacker. good luck with that.

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