Julius Peppers is having a good time in Green Bay

AP

Julius Peppers has always been good at sports in general, rushing the passer in particular.

So if anything stands out about his arrival in Green Bay, it’s how much fun the 34-year-old Peppers is having.

“You look at my last year. Was it one of my better years? Probably not, you know, statistically,” Peppers said. “But if you compare it to a lot of the guys who played last year, it was better than a lot of guys. So, I don’t really think I need to revitalize anything.

I’m actually having a lot of fun. I’m enjoying it. It’s a little different than what I’ve been used to in the past. I actually think it fits my skill set better than just being down every play. I’m having fun doing it. I’m just enjoying it.”

Peppers has always played with his hand down, though he mentioned wanting to play in a 3-4 when he was trying to bluff his way out of Carolina. But now, he’s playing a hybrid role in the Packers’ 3-4 system, opposite Clay Matthews, where he will get plenty of chances to rush the quarterback instinctively.

“That was one of the things that attracted me to coming, along with all of the other things they having going for themselves – a chance to stand up, move around, drop, rush, play in different positions,” Peppers said. “I think the scheme is set up to create some confusion and get the perfect mismatches on the edge, so be able to stand up and bluff a little bit is going to help the defense.

“It is a new challenge and I’m looking forward to not only proving to myself that I can do it but proving to the outsiders who don’t think I can do it.”

And he’s apparently enjoying himself quite a bit in the process.

74 responses to “Julius Peppers is having a good time in Green Bay

  1. My guess is he’ll quit just like he did for the Bears. He was great when he first got there. His numbers went down each year…. but he still took all his money. The guy Quit on us. He’ll quit on Packer fans too.

  2. Peppers has lived a charmed existence over the past few years. He leaves a classy Bears organization and goes to another in Green Bay.

    Can you imagine just how happy Jared Allen is right now? He absolutely went from the outhouse to the penthouse.

  3. He will enjoy to actually be part of a winning ball club. Many players enjoy their time when they know they have a legitimate shot at a Championship.

  4. A happy player is a productive player. As longs as Mathews stays healthy the Packers could have a surprisingly good defense this year.

  5. Of course he is, when Greenbay’s D is healthy, which of course it is currently, the packers always have the ability to win. Peppers will be a great addition to the pass rush, Hayward is back, safety should tighten up with Hyde/Haha & Burnette in the mix. And I think the whole NFL knows how potent the offence can be. Now it’s time for the D to get back to form and it does look promising.

  6. Julius takes too many plays off, not consistent anymore. Plays when he wants to, he was a beast in his prime, but those days are behind him. Will be interesting to see if anything changes this year with another mediocre defense around him.

  7. This was one of the bigger head scratchers on FA imo. Maybe 6 years ago Peppers could have transitioned to an OLB, and I know he’s going to be basically just rushing the passer from the stand-up position, but I’m sure he’ll have to drop back sometime (or else where’s the confusion?) and he’s going to be lost. Peppers should have went to a contender running a 4-3 and got into a good rotation. He still has a lot to offer…in the right situation I’m sure. Question whether it’s in Green Bay. At this point Allen is an upgrade over Peppers and cost less.

  8. Q: Is he better than what they had at that position last year?

    A: Yes.

    End of story.

  9. With Peppers and Matthews lining up all over the formation, it should be very fun. I’m sure occasionally they will be on the same side of the formation.

    I’m sure the innovative variety he is seeing in the Dom Capers defense is not as dull as doing the same DE thing play after play.

    He will be rotated in and out so he will fresh when on the field.

    No wonder he was so happy to sign with the Packers and enjoy the fun and beauty of Green Bay.

  10. Oh my word.
    1. Another reason to detest gb fans, “MY GUY Pep-peps”
    2. Every offensive coordinators game plan will be run the ball right at him!!

  11. Peppers clearly did not want to be in Chicago last year. Whether it was hangover loyalty to Lovie Smith, a clash of personalities with Mel Tucker or both, he was just putting it time and collecting some very large checks. At best he was leadership-neutral and at worst he was actually showing negative leadership by not buying in to Tucker’s program and producing well below his ability level.

    Already some Bears defenders who were there last year have said that Jared Allen is bringing a level of leadership and work ethic to the DL that is miles above anything seen last year. I have a feeling that is going to be more the story of Chicago’s defensive turnaround than the stats Jared may (or may not) log with them.

  12. Peppers will not be playing every down like he did in Chicago. This should help him throughout the season and playoffs, then the SB!

  13. Of course he’s happy! In GB there isn’t any pressure on the defense to actually, you know, DEFEND! Their D stinks. Placing an aging guy out of position will help that? Nope.

  14. “You look at my last year. Was it one of my better years? Probably not, you know, statistically,” Peppers said. “But if you compare it to a lot of the guys who played last year, it was better than a lot of guys. So, I don’t really think I need to revitalize anything.”
    ________

    Glad to hear you don’t feel the need to improve on last season, Julie. Hey, you’re on your last legs and still got a $30 million contract, so why would you try to turn it up a notch?

  15. Peppers only has a one year guarantee. Much less then Allen.

    Peppers numbers last year were still better then anyone on Green Bays. I will take last years numbers in a heartbeat.

  16. Remember last year when Jared Allen was over the hill and got “handled” by a rookie tackle? Remember when having the youngest team in the NFL was the most important thing in the world? One year later, the Vikings “lost their best defensive player” and the savior of the Packer defense is a 34-year-old has-been. Anyone see a disconnect here?

  17. The Bears & The Vikings D was worse last season… Look it up…
    So keep on putting GB’s Defense down, and we’ll keep ignoring your ignorant posts, as usual.

  18. With Pepper, Packers defense in legit dead for sure. He’s old n washed up. The whole unit can’t even chase or stop my grandma. Cheese heads are dreaming the defense will turn around. Bet on it they’ll be worse than last year home boy!!!!!!

  19. My favorite time of his entire career was when he played college basketball at UNC as a walkon. He was good, even though when he had the ball it was like watching the Hulk try to pet a kitten.

  20. Peppers feet are on ice every second he is off the field. Nose dive decline since leaving Carolina, every year he got less tackles, less sacks and less game appearances…..Packer’s fans are usually smarter than to be this excited about a chronic foot problem. (Most of them at least)

    Get ready for 2 game sweep from Lions, Green Bay!

  21. “Anyone see a disconnect here?”

    But both can still mark the Viking’s games for 2 Ws a year.

  22. As preseason games approach the playoffs are actually starting for the Viking posters by ramped up posting because they know as in past years the talking will have to stop once they see their sorry team perform on the field and let them down once again after all the bold predictions. They will be screaming for attention but will soon be irrelevant from the rest of the posters, their games will be meaningless and wondering if they will be blacked out.

  23. He quit on plays consistently and has the reading comprehension of a 2nd grader. Perfect fit for the Fudge Packers. He will miss Carolina when they bring home the Lombardi. #underachiever

  24. On the good side, the Packer LBs can all compare the photos on their AARP cards and their six second 40 yard dash times. And yes Packer fans before you get your curds in a bundle, I know my team’s defense couldn’t stop the Sheboygan junior high B team last year.

  25. I’m excited to see what he can do. I wish they would’ve brought in Allen, but with the little bit Peppers is guaranteed, if he doesn’t play well he’ll be gone next year and we didn’t lose much. Some of you trolls don’t seem to understand guaranteed money. He’s not going to get anywhere near $30 mil unless he actually earns it.

  26. The Bears and Viking fans comments make you believe the Packers defense is the worst in the league, not to mention the oldest.
    Maybe you should do a little investigating before making these unintelligent comments.

    nflcommissioner:
    Really? A 2nd grader?.. That Fudge thing is original. Did you think that one up all by yourself?
    Some people just like to make people feel less by making comments about other teams and there fans. I won’t go down that road. I could cause I have some good ones.
    If you don’t have an honest and repectful comment about the topic, then maybe you need help. Just a thought.

  27. I would think it’d be a blast to run down and steamroll Jellyroll Lacy in practice.

  28. crownofthehelmet says:
    Jul 29, 2014 11:50 AM

    I would think it’d be a blast to run down and steamroll Jellyroll Lacy in practice

    Awhh are you still mad bro that Lacey was ROY over Bell or because your lowly steelers who have fell on hard times, lost the S.B. to the Pack and still haven’t recovered?

  29. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jul 29, 2014 10:18 AM
    Remember last year when Jared Allen was over the hill and got “handled” by a rookie tackle? Remember when having the youngest team in the NFL was the most important thing in the world? One year later, the Vikings “lost their best defensive player” and the savior of the Packer defense is a 34-year-old has-been. Anyone see a disconnect here?
    ———————————
    I recall Jared (The vikings best defensive player) getting shut out by a rookie last year.

    Heck, he even got shut out by newhouse…. replace him with overpaid nobodies like Everson and Robinson…lol, vikes d fail – just like their fans and their team.

  30. Honestly, as a Bears fan that respects the Packers. This isn’t a bad deal. If he flops then he’s gone. He did seem to lose interest in being a Bears uniform after Lovie left and I think he knew his exit was coming….I would say it will be interesting to see him playing at the LB position, but I’m not to worried about him after watching him play for my team the past 4 years, just saying.

  31. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Jul 29, 2014 9:13 AM
    Reggie White 2.0

    Carl, glad to see that you’re comparing an “old washed up guy” to one of the best players in your franchises history. Thanks for showing us your football knowledge.

  32. This Packer team is going to dominate the North Division. And by the time they really jell 2/3rds of the way through the season, the rest of the league will know to stay the hell out of their way.

  33. There is no disconnect.

    The Vikings had the worst defense in the league last year. That is a statistical fact. Nothing you say can even begin to dispute it.

    Yet, losing your best defensive player (which isn’t saying much), your fans seem to think that the defense will be better than the Packers, who addressed nearly every position of need on that side of the ball.

    You’re pinning your hopes on a rookie QB that literally no other team wanted. At all.

    So, perhaps there is your disconnect?

  34. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jul 29, 2014 10:18 AM

    Remember last year when Jared Allen was over the hill and got “handled” by a rookie tackle? Remember when having the youngest team in the NFL was the most important thing in the world? One year later, the Vikings “lost their best defensive player” and the savior of the Packer defense is a 34-year-old has-been. Anyone see a disconnect here

    What are you on about your 5th alias? Afraid all the previous comments will come back to haunt you? Your posting style is really obvious so it will. I like how you try and manipulate and lie to try and make some point. No one said Peppers is the D’s savior that is reserved for the man Matthews. Peppers is here to take some attention away and free up Matthews from the double and triple teams. He is a compliment do you get it? If he works out great otherwise it will be a 1 yr test drive with no further obligation, pretty simple to understand.

  35. What are you on about your 5th alias? Afraid all the previous comments will come back to haunt you? Your posting style is really obvious so it will.
    ______

    The reason I change screen names is to keep it fresh and current. I’m able to do that because the unique wit and insight in my comments are so easily recognized. When Christian Ponder was showing some promise, I was thankheavenfornumberseven. Turns out that wouldn’t have been a good one to stick with forever.

  36. Players can do great things when they like where they are playing.. enough said. Peppers will help the Defense big time. You nay sayers should not be too quick to judge players before they play for their new team! In Teddy We Trust go take your comments somewhere else, as you have no idea what you are talking about. Peppers aside, remember who won the division without our star quarterback last year.. enough said!!!

  37. Actually, you had your star quarterback for nine games. You were 2-5-1 in the other games. Over the course of a whole season, that would not have merited a division title. Meanwhile, the Vikings were 4-3 with Matt Cassel. Over the course of a whole season, that’s better than the 8-7-1 your team managed.

  38. Teddy,
    There you go bringing up numbers.
    Those numbers don’t tell the whole story. What back-ups played and who the opponents were make a huge difference. (Cassel was 3-3 as a starter)
    I will be the first to tell you that GB had the worse back-up QB’s in the league last year. I knew it in preseason, and when Rodgers went down I thought there season was done.

  39. Really, Rodgers only played in 8 complete games. he started the Chicago game but got injured in the first quarter.

  40. Peppers was the one Bears player who seemed to give an effort near the end of game 17. If not for a lunging chip block by Kuhn and Rodgers’ escape ability, Peppers would have been the hero for Chicago.
    GB isn’t counting on him to make the defense great. If he (along with Hayward, Hyde, Clinton-Dix, and others) can just make it an “average” defense, that may be enough given the Pack’s high-octane offense, which is a proven commodity.

  41. These sorry Bear and Vikings fans. Talk about jealousy, wow, it’s really funny to read their negative comments on Peppers. Remember we didn’t have ARod for the entire season and still won the division. Maybe Peppers isn’t what he once was but he’s NEVER been on a team with an offense like this, he will be a nice piece for our defense
    Hey Bear fans, how about that ARod to Cobb division winning touchdown, how special was that
    Chicago – city of losers and whiners

  42. And Viking fans should really keep their mouth shuts
    You guys stink , have forever and will again this season
    Unless Tarkenton comes back you won’t win 5 games
    The Purple People eaters are a joke!!!

  43. Don’t worry Viking fans, at least you have the TWolves and Twins – they are both winners, NOT !!
    U sorry bunch, the only 2 good things from Minn ever were Bob Dylan and Kevin McHale

  44. Here are two of the most common comments made by Bears fans this off-season:

    1) Our defense was so decimated with injuries we were signing guys off the street to play defensive line.

    2) Peppers is washed up. He sucked last year despite never being double-teamed.

    Yet Peppers managed to play in all 16 games. Are we to believe that street free agents got double-teamed over Julius Peppers?

    I watched several Bears games last year. I saw who got double-teamed without Urlacher and Briggs, Melton and Ratliff hurt. It’s funny that Bears fans can’t admit it.

  45. John Abraham a DE his whole career played OLB for Arizona for the first time ever last year at the age of 35 and recorded 11.5 sacks. It can be done.

    Julius Peppers is 6’7 and about 285 lbs right now, not ideal for a 3-4 OLB but that’s only a starting point for him. Makes sense to have him practice and learn the position of OLB as much as possible since he doesn’t need much work learning how to play DE.

    Trust me, he won’t just be playing OLB for GB, they will use him wherever they want in the front 7.

    Anybody that thinks GB will regress this year just doesn’t know anything about football.

  46. Viking lost Allen/let him go. Bears cut Peppers. Two piss poor defenses at best letting go of two play that can not be good for either team! Allen is unreal on turf! Soldier field grass it might be a different story! Peppers has always played on poor surfaces in Chicago. Lambeau best field in the NFL chalk up 12 sacks!

  47. I love the optimism from GB fans on the Peppers signing. My bet is by week 4 both him and Matthews will be out injured and we’ll have the pleasure of hearing about how “unlucky” the Packers are with injuries.

  48. Temporary layoff! Good Times! Ain’t we lucky we got it. Good times!!!!!!!!!

  49. Injuries are unpredictable, you never really know when they’re coming, who is going to be affected. Peppers and Matthews will rival any duo of pass rushers in the league. They will benefit by playing accross eachother. Datone Jones and Mike Daniels will have some sacks because so much attention will need to be paid towards Peppers and Matthews. Can’t wait to watch it unfold, the Packers defense will be improved.

    Also getting Casey Hayward back and drafting Ha Ha should solidify the backfield. I think the Packers have a group of corner backs that could rival any in the NFL with Shields, Williams, Hayward, House, among others. Having Hyde as our hybrid corner should help out a lot too. I think a healthy Packers defense is a good one. Have young depth in all positions on the defense. If this group can stay healthy, it should be a top 15 defense with the potential to be a top 10 unit

  50. Take heart Packer fans. Just another month or so and then the Vikings season will be over as quickly as it began. Every off season it is the same thing: Viqueen fans flapping their gums about their most recent draft pick,usually a QB, and predicting glory. Only to come crashing back to reality as the mediocre extra bye weeks to the rest of the NFC North.

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