Packers linebacker Julius Peppers believes that had he successfully sacked Aaron Rodgers on the crucial 4th and 8 play in last seasons divisional title decider at Soldier Field, he may still be a Chicago Bears player.
Instead of sacking Rodgers, fullback John Kuhn managed to clip Peppers to the ground meaning the Packers QB could evade the rush and sling a 48-yard touchdown to the wide open Randall Cobb.
Heading into the Packers game in Chicago this Sunday, Peppers said that had managed to get to Rodgers - he could very well have been lining up to play against Green Bay, as opposed to playing for Green Bay:
"I was pretty close. I was pretty close," Peppers said this week, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. We joked about it. He actually cost me my job. He got me released. I guess it turned out pretty good."
At the time Peppers was obviously very upset, however he now thinks it could have been a blessing in disguise:
“If I would’ve made the play, I probably wouldn’t be here now. It’s kind of like one of those things, at the time it was the worst thing that could’ve happened. But now it’s like the best thing that could’ve happened.”
Peppers reiterated that the Packers trip to Chicago this weekend is strictly a 'business trip' but he has still maintains that he holds the whole Bears organization in high regard:
“Those guys, most of the guys that I know on the team that are still there,” Peppers said. “I see those guys as friends. I have nothing but respect for that whole organization, from the ownership to the coaches to the players. There are no hard feelings at all. This is a business trip. I’m a Green Bay Packer now, so that’s what it is.”
Peppers is not wrong when he says its strictly business. The Packers are 1-2 and will require their big name players to fire on Sunday. That includes Peppers who started to look very good against The Detroit Lions last weekend. He hit Matt Stafford three times and forced a fumble with a red zone sack.
If he can keep it up and put decent pressure on Jay Cutler throughout the match up, then the packers - who have a very good record against Chicago - could find themselves 2-2 going into week five.