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#1 Vertical Asymtope

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 11:28 PM

Before I start with my theory that I want to point out that Julius is hands down my favorite Panthers and would livid if we did not bring him back next year. With that said I was watching my DVD of Super Bowl 38 and could not help but notice how much smaller he wasn then opposed to now. I was focusing all my attention to him and you could see that he would just blow right by the tackle, and it was very noticeable in the first quarter how much pressure he was getting on Brady. It seems like now Peppers just runs right at the tackle and tries to overpower him or back the tackle into his QB instead of beating him on the outside. We all know how hard he works out in the offseason and how big and strong he is, but do you think that it could be holding him back from being better than he is now. I remember in 2004 when he was not only being talked about as DPOY but MVP as well, thats how dominant he was. With that all said I am very satisfied with what Pep has done this season and would just like to hear your thoughts.

And on a side note I just wanted to say how I forgot how good Witherspoon and Morgan were together. I know we all love Davis and Beason but I dont know if there at Witherspoon and Morgans level yet.

#2 djshinodalp

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 11:29 PM

Oh my, this is a new one...

(not saying you're hating on pepps, but an innovative topic on pepps that I haven't seen on here yet)

#3 beastson

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 11:31 PM

I really dont know what to say forreal

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 11:31 PM

Your thread title should have read, "Maybe Peppers is focusing too much on strength rather than athleticism" then you wouldn't sound so insane. :P

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 11:32 PM

I really dont know what to say forreal


He should lose some muscle and go lean... perhaps...

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 11:34 PM

All I know is DeAngelo Williams is way too fast.

#7 Vertical Asymtope

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 11:34 PM

Listen I love Pep as a player but too much muscle can hinder athleticism.

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 11:36 PM

well speed doesn't last long in this league..so it would be wise for him to slowly adjust to a more power style so he can be just as effective late in his career as he was early.

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 11:37 PM

Maybe megadeath is right I should have said he relies too much on his strength than his athleticism, but I do believe that too much muscle has the ability to hinder ones athleticism.

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 11:41 PM

I think its more that moving 2 300 lb lineman is hard. Just saying thats like trying to get around a Lincoln turned sideways in about 3 sec.

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 11:42 PM

He was still trying to use his speed last year and it just wasn't working, he beefed up alot this offseason and is using strength more now. He is still having a good season.

#12 Vertical Asymtope

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 11:45 PM

Believe me I dont think he is having a good season, I think he is having a great season. Once again this guy has been my favorite player since he was drafted. All I am saying is I was watching him from 2003 and he was running past tackles like I haven't seen him do in years. He was so quick back then.

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 01:26 AM

Believe me I dont think he is having a good season, I think he is having a great season. Once again this guy has been my favorite player since he was drafted. All I am saying is I was watching him from 2003 and he was running past tackles like I haven't seen him do in years. He was so quick back then.


didnt u read the SI article hes 28, OVER THA HILL:rolleyes:

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 01:44 AM

yea I think at this point in pep's career he needs to start focusing on strength, he's still fast as heck for a defensive linemen and we still put him man on man on wr's. At some point though you have to stop relying on speed and focus on strength and technique and use your speed only occasional to get by the Oline.

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 02:03 AM

The fastest I seen Pep move was when he forced a fumble against Saints


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