If History Repeats Itself, Peppers Will Flop in Green Bay

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Dec. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Bears defeated the Cardinals 28-13. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

We’re a fickle bunch, Bears fans.  Admit it, ever since the offseason started, you’ve been campaigning for the Bears to dump the washed up, over-priced Julius Peppers.  Then, all of a sudden, when they cut him and the Packers picked him up, you’re freaking out that he’s going to terrorize the Bears next season.  Fear not, I’m here to settle you down.  If history repeats itself, Julius Peppers will flop in the Green and Gold.

Peppers is hardly the first player to play for both sides.  When the Packers announced that they’d signed Peppers, I thought of a few former Bears that also played for the Packers, but I wasn’t sure just how many to cross enemy lines.  I Googled and searched the usual channels, but couldn’t dig up a list.

So I did what any self-respecting blogger does and contacted the godfather of research, @ScottLindholm, also known as Scott from Davenport to Score listeners, and asked for his help.  Naturally, he fired off a full list of 87 players who played for both the Bears and Packers at different points in their careers.

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  • Charles Spencer King

    Lower the Boom away, but what is the purpose of this? To goad him into a strong performance? Let sleeping dogs lie, why rattle the sabers before even one shot has been fired. It would be one thing if he were goading us, and maybe I missed that. However, if so quote him and then spout off. Maybe if we are the reigning Super Bowl champs and want to take on all comers spout off, but last I checked we were rebuilding and still smelling the pungent aroma of cheese in our den. You asked for comments…:-))

  • Sam Sheneman

    Peppers at 34 is not going to get any better. if anything he won’t even complete the season.

  • Big Swede

    I’m sure the Cheddar Heads will see flashes of the JPeppers that we grew accustomed to, but ONLY flashes. Hopefully, our O-line has seen enough of him in practices over the last year that they are familiar with him so he isn’t a one-man wrecking crew against the Bears. I don’t think he’ll last more than 1 season up there.

    • David Hofstedt

      Not a one man wrecking crew, when have they needed one against the Bears? They beat the bears without Matthews, Perry, Jolly, Hayward, Finley to name a few and Rodgers and Cobb playing in first games in weeks. 4th and 8, Rodgers rolls to his left throws to a wide open Cobb, TOUCHDOWN!!!! Cutler falls to 1-8 against the Packers!!!

      • Big Swede

        I see big changes on the horizon. Most of Jerry Angelo’s and Lovie Smith’s fingerprints are gone from this team. Basically, in one season, the Bears offense has been turned around. I expect the same will be true of the defense from last year. The problem with living on past laurels is you don’t see what’s happening right in front of your eyes.

        By the way, PFF has an interesting article about Pepper’s declining career…

        https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/03/19/julius-peppers-halting-the-slide/

  • Larry West

    heres to you hoping for the worst….NOT!

  • Thomas

    I can see why Bears fans want to see Peppers flop. He looks like he has nothing left, and isn’t a winner. That’s exactly how Favre looked in his last season in GB, and he surely wasn’t amazing as a Jet. However that one year as a Viking was his best season ever. I am cautiously optimistic that he will provide something good for the Pack, even if it is just “what the hell is that formation?”

  • packcruiser

    I expect Bears fans to be less than enthusiastic about Peppers, everyone talks about his taking plays off last year. I get it but sometimes a change of scenery is a good thing and Packers won’t want him for an every down guy. Playing opposite Clay could be good, the young players are excited about him being there so a little early to say he will be a bust.

  • bandanaman

    What about the history that says the only other time Peppers switched teams he ended up with 8 sacks, 54 tackles, 9 passes defensed, two interceptions and one touchdown in his first year? He’s not nearly the same player he was then, but it’s got more relevance than the time Mike Tomczak or Kahlil Bell switched teams. Anyway, go ahead and have your fun.