Found March 20, 2014 on
Recently Mike North posted a video on The Daily Herald‘s website that the loss of Julius Peppers is the Chicago Bears gain and the Green Bay Packers loss. Do you agree??
Bears Ate Millions Just to Cut Peppers:
As much as the Bears saved, which was north of $9.8 million, to get Julius Peppers off the books they still had to pay him $8.367 million just to let him go. He then goes to one of the best franchises in the league in Green Bay and gets paid $8.5 million for next year. Although that was half of what he would of gotten paid in Chicago he still makes the same amount of money to play about half the plays. Peppers and Green Bay win here if you ask me.
Peppers Will Have His Ears Pinned Back:
You might be wondering, “What does Sports Mockery mean when he says Peppers will only play half the amount of plays than he did last year?”
Well, in Dom Capers 3-4 defense, Julius Peppers will only have to play in passing situations like third down or second and long. He will have the ability to come in, pin his ears back and attack the quarterback. No more having to play every down and have the weight of the defense on his back. He can just sip on Gatorade with hat in hand and wait for a passing situation where he can have his way with most right tackles. No more having to worry about demanding double teams with Clay Matthews opposite of him and he’ll be able use his array of pass rush moves as a way of practice and perfecting his craft.
Now, as you can see, the Pack paid Peppers only half of what he was owed to have an eventual Hall of Famer and one of the best 4-3 defensive ends to come off the sideline and rush the passer on crucial passing downs. Win Peppers and Green Bay.
Peppers Bring Insight to the Packers Biggest Competition:
Not that head coach Mike McCarthy or defensive coordinator Dom Capers need any help game planning for the Bears, but now they have a player that knows many of the ins and outs of a struggling defense and defensive coordinator. He already made himself at home in Green Bay and, I’m sure, has no problem sharing everything and anything to help the Pack beat the Bears and make another playoff run. While the Bears still have a lot of work to do to match the consistency of the Green Bay Packers. The Pack are locked and loaded to make another title and with the help of a Hall of Fame veteran they are on the right track. Green Bay wins, again.
As much as we needed to get Peppers’ big money off of the books and sign more players to make this defense young and competitive, it still falls under, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Don’t get it wrong, the loss of Julius Peppers was the Packers gain.
At a very reasonable price, they got one of the premiere pass rushers in the league and they got a very smart football player who knows the ins and outs of a defensive coordinator who is still trying to figure it out himself.
What Do YOU Think?
Let your voice be heard: was the signing of Julius Peppers in Green Bay the Bears gain or the Packers gain? You decide!
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The History of Mike North:
Mike North is one of the most iconic voices in Chicago sports talk history. His voice is up there with Harry Carey and Jim Cornelison as one of the most recognizable voices in all of Chicago sports. However, until recently, I haven’t heard that voice in almost ten years mostly because I moved from Chicago to Los Angeles eight years ago (days after the Bears lost to the Colts in the Super Bowl).
As a kid in the early 1990′s I can remember driving around my dad’s green convertible Chrystler LeBaron with the top down, baseball bat and glove in the back on my way to Hayes Park listening to Mike North on The Score. I remember my father telling me how North went from selling hot dogs to having his own radio show. That’s my kind of guy. You could tell he would be good at both with his loud voice and engaging personality.
Turns out that the staff of Diamond Broadcasting, the owners of the radio station WXRT, would frequent his stand. So, North kept bugging him to let him sit in for the vacationing, Bob Verdi, on the short sports segment on WXRT. They suggested that if he was interested in a radio career that he lease time at WSBC. He took their advice and started his own show called the “NFL Handicap Show” in 1990. Diamond Broadcasting later bought the station, kept North on, paired him up with Dan Jiggetts and started the show “Monsters of the Midday.”
He worked in Chicago radio for the next 18 years until his contract ran out in 2008. Since then I haven’t heard much of Mike, until one Sunday afternoon I was driving in sunny Santa Monica and I heard this familiar voice on my dial — it’s, Mike North! Fox Sports loves this guy and has him working every morning for 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. PST with Andy Furman and has a show on the weekends by himself. As loud and borderline obnoxious North can be, I am very proud to have one of Chicago’s own still doing well and working all the time on a radio dial I frequent often. Attaboy Mike North!
Sources: Daily Herald, Wikipedia, CSNChicago, Chicago Tribune, Bleacher Report
Author informationNoel BaxFeatured Columnist at Sports MockeryGrew up on the southside of Chicago, moved to Los Angeles to become an actor as well as write endless amounts of versions of the 2014 NFL Mock Draft.TwitterFacebookGoogle+The post Is the Loss of Julius Peppers the Bears Gain? No, and Here’s Why. appeared first on Sports Mockery.
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