Peppers promises “something different” in Green Bay

AP

For 12 years, Julius Peppers has played defensive end in a 4-3 front.  He’s now shifting to a 3-4 in Green Bay, prompting speculation over whether he’ll move to outside linebacker (as plenty of successful 4-3 defensive ends have done) or stay at defensive end.

Whatever he ends up playing, change seems to be coming.

“I’m going to let Coach McCarthy deal with questions about the position and the scheme. I’m not really sure. We haven’t talked in detail about what the plan is going to be for me, but I can say it’s going to be something different,” Peppers told the team’s official website on Saturday.

Officially, Peppers has been listed as a defensive end by the Packers.  But that label isn’t binding.  It actually could be part of an intentional misdirection, aimed at keeping teams guessing about how he’ll actually be used.

Regardless of how he’s used, Peppers says he has plenty to give.

“I have a lot left in the tank,” Peppers said.  “I have a lot left to give, a lot left to offer.  I want to show people I can still play the game at a high level. . . .  My goal is to play football at a high level.  I’m a pass rusher, so that’s going to be a big part of what I can do.  Play hard and have an impact in every game.”

Peppers admits that his performance in 2013 was “not up to my personal standards.”  His standard for 2014 is to pursue what has eluded him throughout his career — a Super Bowl win.

“That’s the most important thing,” Peppers said.  “I haven’t won a championship.  That’s where my focus is.  I feel like the team is set up to make a run and I feel I can help get it there.”

The Packers have gone one and out in the playoffs for three straight seasons since winning the Super Bowl.  The team’s struggles have arisen in large part from defensive lapses, especially in the postseason.  The fact that a 34-year-old pass rusher whose skills seem to be declining is regarded as an upgrade shows how much help the team’s defense needs.

114 responses to “Peppers promises “something different” in Green Bay

  1. “The fact that a 34-year-old pass rusher whose skills seem to be declining is regarded as an upgrade shows how much help the team’s defense needs.”

    ZING!

  2. The Packers have gone one and out in the playoffs for three straight seasons since winning the Super Bowl.
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    no they didn’t…they beat the Vikings in the WC to advance to the played 49ers in the 2012-13 season

  3. I think he means that Green Bay will actually have a pass rush opposite of Clay Matthews for a change…

  4. thevikesarebest says: Mar 15, 2014 5:54 PM

    And does that mean their fans will start using weight watchers and stop supporting criminals?
    ———

    Didn’t the Vikings just resign drug-dealer and drunk-driver, Jerome Simpson?

    Yep. Yes they did.

  5. As a Packer fan I’m not sold on this at all. I hope he proves me wrong. I’d rather have seen an upgrade at safety, center and middle linebacker.

  6. Peppers will rotate at DE and will be used in nickel and dime packages as a pass rusher. They signed Mike Neal to start opposite Mathews at OLB, while still having Perry and Mulumba at OLB as well.

    Guys just look a the roster and you know he isn’t seeing much if any time at OLB.

  7. nwfisch says:
    Mar 15, 2014 6:08 PM

    Peppers must like the sound of clown music at practices.
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    If the Packers play clown music at their practices, what do the Vikings play, Taps?

  8. One-half of the first twelve responses were from Viking trolls. They take obsessiveness and pettiness to new levels. The fans of all other teams that have an interest in the story lines regarding Peppers are reading what Packer fans have known for some time: The Packers own the Vikings. And the addition of Peppers assures that nothing is going to change for at least two more years. The Viking trolls are having difficulties coping with reality.

  9. According to Packer Fans……….
    Packers make this move = great signing, gonna come in and upgrade the defense, still has some left in the tank, wants a “Ring”.
    Any other team makes this move = Horrible move, had nothing left in the tank last year, bad GMs make this move, absolutely stupid signing.
    You can’t make this stuff up.

  10. teamnorsecore says:
    Mar 15, 2014 6:16 PM
    According to Packer Fans……….
    Packers make this move = great signing, gonna come in and upgrade the defense, still has some left in the tank, wants a “Ring”.
    Any other team makes this move = Horrible move, had nothing left in the tank last year, bad GMs make this move, absolutely stupid signing.
    You can’t make this stuff up.
    ///////////////////////////////////////////

    You just did.

  11. Woodson was “washed up” when the Pack signed him too. I hope Peppers is just as washed up. Welcome aboard Julius!!

  12. stellarperformance says:
    Mar 15, 2014 6:15 PM
    One-half of the first twelve responses were from Viking trolls. They take obsessiveness and pettiness to new levels. The fans of all other teams that have an interest in the story lines regarding Peppers are reading what Packer fans have known for some time: The Packers own the Vikings. And the addition of Peppers assures that nothing is going to change for at least two more years. The Viking trolls are having difficulties coping with reality.
    ……….
    Kind of like YOUR comments, amongst other Packer “fan” comments on the Viking signing threads. Don’t throw stones in glass houses, Sir.

  13. I like this move. Atleast it something get excited for, this season.

    Also I like how adorable and delusional Viking fans are on here. Like they’ve had a consistently sucessful franchise, or won ‘A’ Super Bowl. Their ‘high horse’ must be one of those cute mini ponies. So this makes them adorable.

  14. daveb204 says:
    Mar 15, 2014 6:29 PM
    I like this move. Atleast it something get excited for, this season.

    Also I like how adorable and delusional Viking fans are on here. Like they’ve had a consistently sucessful franchise, or won ‘A’ Super Bowl. Their ‘high horse’ must be one of those cute mini ponies. So this makes them adorable.
    ………..
    8th highest winning percentage all time in the NFL, Sir. I guess only Packer fans are allowed to rip divisional opponent moves huh?

  15. scoops1 says:
    Mar 15, 2014 5:53 PM
    The Packers have gone one and out in the playoffs for three straight seasons since winning the Super Bowl.
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    no they didn’t…they beat the Vikings in the WC to advance to the played 49ers in the 2012-13 season

    ____________________

    Ssssh. I think that was a shot at the Vikings trolls. Everyone forgot they made the playoffs that year.

  16. I like the moves. Considering our rookie LT consistently BLANKED Jared Allen but was given a hard time with JP – I think we picked the better guy.

    Better get the guy that scares you the most from an offensive side.

    All of those who feel JP is washed up and useless and that somehow this makes the Packers’ defense worse, please, feel free to simply put a TE on him or ignore him completely and we’ll see just how washed up he is.

    Raji in the gut, Peppers to one side, Jones on the other with Clay lining up behind one or the other – see how long your QB has to throw with that coming.

    Wait till the Packers get Mosley at 21 for ILB as well….

  17. Part of his deal called for 450 lbs of free bratwurst and a used snowmobile to get around on Green Bay’s so-called streets.

  18. stellarperformance says:
    Mar 15, 2014 6:15 PM
    One-half of the first twelve responses were from Viking trolls. They take obsessiveness and pettiness to new levels. The fans of all other teams that have an interest in the story lines regarding Peppers are reading what Packer fans have known for some time: The Packers own the Vikings. And the addition of Peppers assures that nothing is going to change for at least two more years. The Viking trolls are having difficulties coping with reality.

    ___________________
    And how is this any different than packer fans commenting more than Viking fans on Viking aritcles?

    Hmmmmmmmmmmm?

  19. sincejumpstreet says:
    Mar 15, 2014 6:39 PM
    Part of his deal called for 450 lbs of free bratwurst and a used snowmobile to get around on Green Bay’s so-called streets.
    ………
    Don’t forget about the gift cards to Green Bay’s “Fine dining” establishment……Olive Garden.

  20. I love Vikings fans. You know darn well the only reason they ever leave those sarcastic and demeaning posts related to GREEN BAY PACKERS 4 TIME SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS roster moves, it just shows they’re jealous that we have a better NFL team top to bottom and the fan base is classier than the ridiculous comments and disgusting personal attacks they constantly leave for us. I can’t believe they didn’t sign any of our FA’s yet. You know Spielman loves our throw aways.

  21. The Packers have a lot of needs on defense, but what they needed most, regardless of position, was veteran leadership and a guy who can make a game-changing play once in a while, both of which they used to get from Woodson and which they sorely lacked last year. This signing fills both, if he has anything left in the tank. If he doesn’t, it’s 3.5 mil against the cap and an easy out after one year. Excellent signing.

  22. This just smells like the classic situation where an aging veteran finishes out his last season with another team……….has a sub-standard season…………and retires.

    It’s not worth having to wear the ugliest uniform in sports, and playing in the drunkest town in the USA, Julius.

    Very sad.

  23. Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Mar 15, 2014 6:57 PM
    I like the Vikings’ approach of signing young talent on the upswing of their careers rather than the Packers’ approach of signing washed up geriatrics who gave up two years ago. But that’s just me.

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    35 years old and geriatric doesn’t make sense. Sounds to me like you’re pissed that you still have to deal with Pep for another couple years only in a different jersey in your division. What is the problem with Vikings fans, they constantly troll the better teams in their division for years. Just accept that your team is never up to par and don’t hate, it makes it a lot easier to enjoy the NFL.

  24. If he really wanted a ring he could have signed with the Hawks, 49’ers or Broncos for 5mil/year and had a much better shot.

    As usual, it’s always about the money.

  25. Pepper jack cheese has less hole then swiss cheese that will be the only difference about the packers lol

  26. “Something” like double-digit sacks? Or “something” like Dom Perignon spray parties upon signing? You’ve done both.

    I’d think the latter would still be pretty tired in Titletown.. and I’m a Bears fan.

    How about living up to your potential? Would that be different? Panthers fans will still argue you’re a quitter. Bears fans are saying the same thing, now.1

    You better how hope that this isn’t Ted’s “first” swing and miss on a high priced vet. He doesn’t do that very much, with good reason. If you’re finally going to make a difference and make it to the Hall of Fame? Good luck.

    BearsFanMode: He’s old, over-priced and can barely practice. Plantar Fasciitis does that to normal humans. Pep’s not a normal human being, but, he’s trying to prove something. What that is? Maybe he’ll find it? Again, summation: Good Luck.

    When he was signed: Next coming of a HOF defensive player. Four years later: Heart broken. Packer. Done.

  27. In Ted We Trust!!! Great signing per usual.
    On a side note, you Vikings trolls are all cretins!! You don’t even have a stadium to call your own, it’s demolished!! Haha have fun renting out a college stadium playing in the elements like real men do (aka Packers).
    G is for greatness!!!!!

  28. The Viking trolls can’t keep it about football. They must resort to,petty personal insults. That’s all they have. All hat, no cattle.

  29. Sorry Green Bay, Ted knows offense but has difficulty identifying front seven talent. He attempts to mask the deficiency by over drafting secondary personnel, instead of upgrading his existing front seven talent. Green Bay will have difficulty beating Seattle, SF, and even New Orleans with their improved defense. (based on last year’s performance) Sorry, but playoff wins against shady 8-8 teams like the Vikings don’t count…

  30. Andy Dalton deserves respect. No one has done what he has done in their first three years. He is already a legend. He will win many Super Bowls putting the Bengals on his back because we have a crap owner who won’t spend for help and he is content with terrible coaching. Dalton has to do it all by himself. No receivers other than Green, no line. He is the most talented QB in the league right now and he is quickly becoming the smartest. Be afraid.

  31. Now Peppers wants a Super Bowl..I am beginning to feel terrible for Aaron Rodgers. As if the pressure of his one man team is not tough enough. Now we have a aunsetting ring hunting clown that has added another load of poundage to Rodgers legs…

  32. number1hawkfan says: Mar 15, 2014 7:08 PM

    From a Seahawks fan. I hope the packers destroy the Vikings twice next year. All because they’re fans are trolls.
    _______________
    The word you should have used is “their”. You have to use the proper form of “their, there or they’re” if you are going to get your point across.

  33. I’m a Packer fan, and am skeptical of this move, mostly because of Peppers’ age. However, on the positive side there’s not much long term risk. It’s a only a 3.5M cap hit this year, so if things go bad they are not really mortgaging the future.

    Also, the Packers don’t play much straight 3-4. They play a load of 2-4-5 and last year they did things like:

    Play their 3-4 DL + Mike Neal at OLB, which is really more of a 4-3 look with Neal’s size and the fact that he doesn’t actually drop into coverage often. So you could see Peppers playing DE opposite Neal in this look, and he would be coming from the same side as Clay Matthews.

    For sure you’ll see him a lot on 3rd down.

  34. As a Vikings fan, this deal scares me. Maybe he isn’t what he used to be, or maybe the rest of his defense was just poor last year. The thought of Clay Matthews rushing from one edge and Peppers rushing from the other is frightening. I would have rather signed Peppers than given Everson Griffen that inflated, unearned contract.

  35. I think that a good proportion of this banter is just one dude with multiple accounts. A lot of silly usernames with posts that all sound similar.

  36. This is a huge risk for the Packers. Taking a 4-3 end and putting him in a 3-4 as either a 3 or 5 technique is a huge risk, and peppers is on the downside if his career. I personally think the guy is a stud, but this is a reach IMO.

  37. teamnorsecore says:
    Mar 15, 2014 6:16 PM
    According to Packer Fans……….
    Packers make this move = great signing, gonna come in and upgrade the defense, still has some left in the tank, wants a “Ring”.
    Any other team makes this move = Horrible move, had nothing left in the tank last year, bad GMs make this move, absolutely stupid signing.
    You can’t make this stuff up.

    According to Viking fans……….
    Brett Favre sucks, is old, is a Vicodin addict, cares only about himself when he was a Packer….. until he plays for the Vikes ..then he is a beloved team member who will show then their only winning seasons. We miss him send longy hutch and jerry to ask him back.

    you can’t make this flip flop up.

  38. Why do people insist on even responding to obvious trolls. Vikings and Packer trolls make about one third of the comments that then end up being half the comments because you respond to them. Just quit feeding the trolls.

    I hardly read these articles anymore. Same insults, same people. same stupid responses.

  39. thepftpoet says:
    Mar 15, 2014 5:55 PM
    Thumbs up if you could be a starter on the Hapless Packer’s “Defense”
    ——————————————————————————————————————————— thumbs up if you could be a starting quarterback on the hapless vikings.

  40. Low risk big reward type of contract. Guarantee isn’t that much. I like it. Peppers dream came true. If you can’t beat em join em!!

  41. Cutler, Stafford and ??? never mind that other team doesn’t have a QB, have just asked to be released from there contract….it’s true.

  42. “The team’s struggles have arisen in large part from defensive lapses, especially in the postseason.”

    So nothing to do with the insane amount of injuries they’ve had to deal with?

  43. andreboy1 says:
    Mar 15, 2014 6:38 PM
    Remember when Kap went into frigid Lambeau and rolled Rodgers again?

    I do

    Iron Sharpens Iron ——————————————————————————————————————————– yet rodgers still has a superbowl ring and a superbowl mvp, a league mvp. and kap has…. yep none of the above.

  44. Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Mar 15, 2014 6:57 PM
    I like the Vikings’ approach of signing young talent on the upswing of their careers rather than the Packers’ approach of signing washed up geriatrics who gave up two years ago. But that’s just me. ——————————————————————————————————————————- yeah favre and greg jennings were both young talent on the upswing right??? vikings fans just keep proving they are the least knowledgeable fans in the league.

  45. This team was already one of the top favorites to win another Super Bowl, and they just added another pass rush threat to take attention away from Clay. I have no doubt that this guarantees that we win our fifth straight season series against the hapless and tasteless Vikings as we march toward an inevitable NFL record 14th World Championship.

    Rejoice my friends. The long wait since our last Superbowl triumph is nearly over!

  46. Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha…Hehehehehahahahha….bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!

  47. Great locker room guy, DEMANDS respect as it has been earned. Hope he does have something left as I’d hate to see him mope around and just collect a paycheck….no, not a GB fan, except for their lovely women.

  48. The major difference here is a veteran wants to come to a winner in GB while a similar veteran in Allen wanted to leave a loser.

  49. Love that the pack overpaid for this washed up retread. It was either sign him or Allen. Makes it easier for Peterson to run thru them!

  50. The major difference here is a veteran wants to come to a winner in GB while a similar veteran in Allen wanted to leave a loser.

    and what exactly have they won lately?

  51. Fifty years of futility in Minnesota and STILL the morons are talking smack. You’d think common sense and humility would teach them to shut up until they have something to brag about.

  52. Wisconsin is irrelevant to Minnesota much like the cheese terds are to Kappernick. That’s Mr. Kappernick to you Wis kids!

  53. vikescry1 says: Mar 15, 2014 8:26 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Mar 15, 2014 6:57 PM
    I like the Vikings’ approach of signing young talent on the upswing of their careers rather than the Packers’ approach of signing washed up geriatrics who gave up two years ago. But that’s just me. ——————————————————————————————————————————- yeah favre and greg jennings were both young talent on the upswing right??? vikings fans just keep proving they are the least knowledgeable fans in the league.
    ___________________________________
    Ya that Rick is a genius. Last year Packers were 6th youngest team and queens were 13th youngest and when you look at the squads you’ll see that very few Packers have played for anyone else!!

  54. leatherface2012 says:
    Mar 15, 2014 8:44 PM

    The major difference here is a veteran wants to come to a winner in GB while a similar veteran in Allen wanted to leave a loser.

    and what exactly have they won lately?
    ………………………………………………………….
    “Lately” usually means something in the area of 3-4 years. To answer your question, the Packers and Rodgers have won:

    3 division titles
    5 playoff games
    1 Superbowl
    1 Superbowl MVP
    1 League MVP

    Is that enough? Thought so……

  55. Ahhh……good move. And he’s saying all the right things. Decision-makers don’t spend this kind of money on these kind of guys unless they have a pretty good idea of the intended results. They’re not always right, but there is a method to the madness. I for one support the move and expect good things. Football-related opinion. The Viking trolls are way too easy to ignore after this great move. Go away. Bark up your own tree.

  56. @taxexpert1

    Hey Dummy,

    A) Super bowl champs don’t repeat!
    B) Cap space and where would he play on the niners
    C) Denver just signed Ware, why would they add Peppers.

    He’s got a very good shot with Green Bay at getting a Ring.

  57. I’ve always respected Julius Peppers as an athlete. I hope he doesn’t become as whiny as Aaron Rodgers and company if they play terribly or don’t win.

  58. rho1953 says: Mar 15, 2014 8:59 PM

    Fifty years of futility in Minnesota and STILL the morons are talking smack. You’d think common sense and humility would teach them to shut up until they have something to brag about.
    ————————————————————————-
    At least we don’t feel entitled to the playoffs every year. When we make the playoffs, we rightfully earn those trips – something Packers fans can’t say last year (which showed against the 49ers at home).

  59. Peppers prosper in his time
    Well he may and he may decline
    Did it matter? does it now?
    Peppers would answer if he only knew how

    Did he doubt or did he try?
    Answers aplenty in the bye and bye
    Talk about your plenty, talk about your ills
    One man gathers what another man spills

    Julius Peppers will remain
    All he’s lost he shall regain
    Seashore washed by the suds and the foam
    Been in the NFL long he’s got to calling it home

    apologize R Hunter

  60. Love reading all the trash talk…Peppers is certainly on the downhill side of his career, but so was Woodson when he signed with GB and Favre when he went to Minny. Both worked out ok didn’t they?

    Just goes to show you that all these signings will start to matter when the helmets go on for real in September…everyone is undefeated right now.

  61. Peppers contract is a in reality a “prove it” one-year deal. Most of the guaranteed money is this year. So the Packers have a shot to upgrade their d-line. Part of the deal is moving Raji back to his natural position at nose tackle, Peppers, and Datone Jones. They also have a stud in Mike Daniels, Josh Boyd and J. Worthy. Thompson didn’t break the bank and all they are out is one season if Peppers bombs. Smarter than the i-dots who spent Monopoly money on long term deals that will blow up in their faces.
    By the way, when was the last time the Bears, Lions and Vikings won the Super Bowl?

  62. As a Packer fan, I think the one thing that most everyone is overlooking is the fact that our chief division rival lost arguably its best defensive player. Peppers was a Packer slayer the last four years. This alone makes the Packers a better team, with or without their addition of him.

    Not only that, but with Peppers on the team now, he brings an added edge to beating the Bears by knowing schemes, Cutler’s habits, etc. He also has the experience against the other NFCN teams.

    Addition by subtraction made the Packers better, and adding him made them even better, regardless of what position he plays.

  63. cheddarisbeddar says:
    Mar 15, 2014 10:17 PM

    As a Packer fan, I think the one thing that most everyone is overlooking is the fact that our chief division rival lost arguably its best defensive player.
    ____

    Hmmm…nope, I don’t think the Vikings lost anyone they need on defense.

  64. As a Vikings fan I am on the fence with this signing. JP as the top player in a front seven isn’t anything to be concerned about, but being lined up with a player like Clay Mathews has the ability to raise the threat of all others around him. I think that this may not be a bad move for the Packers, but they need to seriously think about finding a long term replacement for him as he will only last 2 years in my opinion. As for Raji… that is a bad signing.

  65. I think Raji is a good signing at that price. He has been playing out of position the last two years. At NT with Matthews and Peppers on either side that line and backers will be a nightmare for offenses.

  66. Every of season you guys talk tough, and every year adds to your fifty year chain of futility. Losers.

  67. Fifty years and counting for the losers in Queensland. Gotta a lot of catchin’ up to do, dontcha’?

  68. “I have a lot left to give, a lot left to offer. I want to show people I can still play the game at a high level. . . . My goal is to play football at a high level. I’m a pass rusher, so that’s going to be a big part of what I can do. Play hard and have an impact in every game.”
    You haven’t done anything in 2 years, that’s 32 games…that’s called a pattern…impact in every game…not one of your amazing 7.5 sacks had an impact on a single thing last year. You returned a pick for a TD, best and only play you made that counted in two years. Nice work. Yes, go show everyone you can play, and we will all know you dogged it last year, when the D needed you the most.

  69. “Hapless” is a good description for both the Bears and Vikings. The Vikings are at fifty years plus in mediocrity and have ZERO NFL championships. The Bears couldn’t beat the Packers AT HOME in the NFC Championship game in 2010 and couldn’t beat an injury depleted Packer team last December AT HOME to win a division title. All of you are ridiculously lame. You talk smack as if you have accomplished something. Peppers will be lining up with Raji at NT and Matthews on the other side. It will make things very difficult for opposing offenses.

  70. Whata fudgewad you are rho1953, you mean lining up with roidboy , lets see how he helps you when he’s on the sideline suckin oxy every other down . And you are way beyond lame you are a true Fudge backer .

  71. Ooh! Aren’t you the tough guy? You are typical of a Bears or Vikings fan. You can’t brag about what your team has done so you call names. You seem to be all of about twelve years old, or maybe you are one of those forty year old guys who still live in your Mom and Dad’s basement.

  72. Sorry to bust your bubble rho1953, i neither live in my moms basement or care to brag about any team . I am older than 12, sorry if 12 yr olds turn you on, and i made that comment to confirm how bent out of shape yee that eat cheeze get when some one talks bad about that team you bought phoney stock from . Have a nice day sonny boy .

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