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Julius Peppers finally gets it

It’s about time he figured it out. Julius Peppers apologized to his teammates before the Tampa Bay game in a stunning five minute speech where he took full responsibility for his lack of production in the first part of the season.

According to a report by FOX Sports columnist Jay Glazer, the majority of the Panthers players were shocked by Peppers’ speech because he is well-known to be one of the least vocal players on the roster.

“It was unbelievable because it was so out of character for him”, said one Panther. “Pep NEVER talks. He’s just never been a vocal guy. In all the years he has been here he’s never opened up in front of the guys. This was so well thought out though, like it was half-psychologist, half-coach suddenly got into Pep. It really was incredible. We were shocked because, like I said, it’s not him. It was great to hear”.

After reading the article, I must say that it is nice to know that Peppers has finally seen what a lot of fans have complained about over the course of this season. The man simply has not put forth the effort that should come from a player who makes $16.7M for one season (an astounding 18% of the team’s cap space).

In fact, it can be partially blamed on management for putting the franchise tag on Peppers, because his hefty salary is part of the cause for the lack of depth on defense and special teams (they simply couldn’t afford any decent back-ups).

Hopefully Peppers was serious about his apology and he really understands that his lack of effort has been detrimental to the success of the team this season, and hopefully he continues to pick up the pace as he has done over the past two weeks and he can return to his on-field dominance that he has shown in years past.

Perhaps this speech is what the team needed to step up and start making plays, because now that I think of it, the defense has looked better over the last few weeks of the year.

Maybe Jake Delhomme can come to the same realization, and this team can finally turn things around and make a push for the playoffs.

Not likely, but hey — a guy can dream can’t he?

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  1. LestersLegends
    28 October 2009 at 3:22 PM

    That is a good sign. They have a tough schedule though so it's going to be tough.This team is in dire need of a makeover, so maybe a lost season won't be so bad if they can retool for next year.

  2. bwsmith25
    28 October 2009 at 3:27 PM

    The only problem is they traded their first round pick to the 49ers to move up in the 2nd round to get Everette Brown (who was drafted to be Peppers' replacement and right now is playing very well) — so unless they make a deal in the offseason or on draft day, the best pick they have is their first 2nd round choice.But with the possibility of 2010 being an un-capped year I wonder if Richardson is willing to open the purse to "buy" a winning team.

  3. LestersLegends
    28 October 2009 at 4:54 PM

    That's right. They need to follow the Pats advice and trade down instead of trading up. Oh well.They need a QB for sure.

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