For this year that could be a possibility because Pep was happier this year than he was in 2008 or 2007. After the bye week, Pep was great (and even before the bye week he was great against Philly). The only times where he wasn't was when his hand was broken. But the haters wanna count that as "taking plays/games off" because it supports their agenda. They see a play where he isn't making a sack or tackle in the backfield as "OMGZ HE'S TAKING PLAYS OFF!" without realizing that he could've been told to do something else and that any other time he's been playing really well.
I am with you in thinking that Pepp is a great player, and I think losing him will hurt us more than people think. Alot more than people think actually. As I said earlier, 30 years old doesn't mean crap for a guy with pepper's freakish build and athletic ability.
I don't think he actually takes plays off, but my one and only criticism of him is his lack of a secondary move when he gets engaged with a tackle from time to time. Seems a lot of times once a tackle locks onto him, he is taken out of the play instead of fighting through a block or making a counter move. I can see how people get frustrated when they see this, because I do. This is what allows teams to block him with one man instead of commiting double teams to him all game. If you have a decent tackle that can lock him up on that initial punch, sometimes he seems to hang back and play to block the pass.
Then, you have games like the Vikings where the whole statement I typed is totally blown out of the air and proven false.
Edited by SouthCakPanther, 16 February 2010 - 10:07 AM.