Julius Peppers is playing as the pass rushing bookend to Clay Matthews on the Green Bay Packers this year, one season after trying to beat the Packers with the Chicago Bears. On Thursday, Peppers told Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that one play is likely the reason for his change in venue.
In Week 17 of last year, as Chicago and Green Bay battled for the NFC North title, Peppers narrowly missed a sack of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on fourth-and-8 before Rodgers uncorked a 48-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb, eliminating the Bears. Peppers remembers fullback John Kuhn getting just enough of him to halt his pass rush.
“I was pretty close. I was pretty close,” Peppers said. “We joked about it. He actually cost me my job. He got me released. I guess it turned out pretty good.”
When asked by Dunne if Peppers believes a sack would have saved his career in Chicago, the future Hall-of-Fame defender has no doubt.
Long criticized for not running the ball enough, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has finally given Murray a chance to impact each game this season. Murray is averaging 25 carries per game and the results have followed, with one troubling issue; fumbling. Through three games, he has fumbles thrice and lost all of them.
This is a recurring theme with Cutler, a man who likes to work in the shadows, away from the glare, play the game in it but not live in it. Cook said Cutler has never run toward an endorsement or a commercial that he just had to have, never pushed Cook to make him more visible, more public. Football and family and friends have always been enough for him. And now a husband and father to two young sons, he is even more content away from the dazzle.
“He is focused on football,” Cook said. “Focused on his family. He is really proud of his boys (Camden Jack, 2, and Jaxon Wyatt, 4 months). They are his two little tigers. His two little bears.”