We've spent some time discussing where Chicago will position new defensive end Julius Peppers. Coach Lovie Smith said last month he envisioned Peppers rotating between both sides of the line. The release of veteran right end Alex Brown suggested Peppers might ultimately spend most of his time there.
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune, however, suggests the best option is on the left side:
Bears coach Lovie Smith has talked about moving Peppers around, and that's a fine idea. But the truth is the bulk of his snaps and starts are going to come at one position, and that should be left end. Putting Peppers on the left side would be going against the trend, and that would benefit the Bears. For a while, teams were putting their best rushers on the left side, but all the NFL's best are right ends now. Thus every pass protection scheme in the league is set up to contain the right end against a 4-3 defense. Looking at the Bears' upcoming opponents, it's clear Peppers would have more advantages as a left end.
It's not a bad idea. As Pompei notes, would you rather have Peppers playing against, say, Philadelphia's Pro Bowl left tackle (Jason Peters) or against its right tackle, Winston Justice? It's a point worth noting.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune is waiting to see whether quarterback Donovan McNabb signs a contract extension in Washington. If not, he could become an option for Minnesota in 2011.
Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette considers pass defense the Packers' highest priority in the draft.
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looks at the possibility Green Bay will move up in the draft in order to select a top offensive tackle.
Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com considers whether Detroit will use a "poison pill" contract to grab defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove, a restricted free agent, from New Orleans.
Lions fullback Jerome Felton would like an opportunity to carry the ball more often, writes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.