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Julius Peppers: Still Lazy

Julius Peppers

You’ve probably heard the stories about how Julius Peppers takes plays off on a pretty regular basis. Apparently, a change of scenery hasn’t done anything to alter his style.

USA Today has noted Minnesota Vikings homer Tom Pelissero at Green Bay Packers training camp this week. He’s dropping all kinds of nuggets, similar to fat man and king nuggetologist Peter King. One of said nuggets is that Peppers seemingly gives approximately zero shits about practice.

It’s tough to get a read on OLB Julius Peppers, who clearly knows how to – ahem – pace himself during camp. But McCarthy told me all indications are he’s a great fit. It should help Peppers that the Packers have no intention of playing him 800-plus snaps like he did last season in Chicago.

Yes, that should indeed help. Playing Peppers fewer snaps means he’ll be taking fewer plays off.

Now, we’re not going to sit here and chastise Peppers for not practicing hard. We knew what we were getting when we signed him — a guy with freakish ability who, because he has freakish ability, coasts on his talent more often than most guys.

Of course, most guys don’t have that much talent to coast on, so it kind of works itself out in the end.

Peppers is a guy who always could have been greater than he is, if he just would have tried harder. But he never did and we’re not expecting him to now.

He’s still pretty good giving a half-assed effort. And who knows. Maybe keeping him fresh will make him want to give full effort more often.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Cheese August 6, 2014

    His girlfriend is pretty fresh.

    1. TyKo Seamboat August 6, 2014

      She been around the block & back…plus shes got a kid. NEXT!

      1. The Money Mike August 7, 2014

        Good, then as long as she’s clean, she knows how to fuck, and good. You got something against kids? LOL

    2. Phatgzsu August 6, 2014

      And has tits made out of metalloids; sure she’s hot, but she ain’t THAT hot, esp. for some making double-digit mils per year.

  2. chad lundberg August 6, 2014

    If its just one player then I can live with that. But keep in mind, veterans are looked up to by younger players, and when they see him getting away with laziness, they are sure to pick up on that.

    Randy Moss became a total cancer because it was leaked what he was saying to the younger players – “dont worry about what the coach says, as long as that paycheck comes in, youre fine”. That guy got kicked off of 3 teams in less than a year.

    He damn well better produce if hes gonna slack off.

  3. T. Jervey August 6, 2014

    He can do whatever the hell he wants in Training Camp if he gives the team close to the 10+ sacks that he is capable of.

    1. Kozak August 6, 2014


    2. Deepsky August 6, 2014

      Right on.

  4. billybong August 6, 2014

    yah, what a lazy dude…he should be going 110% like a rookie trying to make the team and come up lame with a hammy injury or maybe an ACL….dumb like a fox old vet, leave him alone, if he craps out in the real season then start with the bitching…

    1. Archer August 6, 2014

      Agreed – Good Call. Don’t want him to tear an ACL like Barclay…

  5. Organicbuzz August 6, 2014

    He was a BEAR. Cutty might of spoiled his work ethic.

    1. Kato August 6, 2014

      might have*

      Sorry, I am a dick. I just am super annoyed when people say might of.

      1. Abe Frohman August 6, 2014

        a pet peeve of mine also

  6. Lynn Fuckin' Dickey August 6, 2014

    I’m no expert, but shouldn’t a guy who is playing an entirely new position actually, you know, take some reps at that position?

  7. Organicbuzz August 6, 2014

    Old school common sense would say “yes” to that question Lynn Fuckin Dickey.

  8. TyKo Seamboat August 6, 2014

    He signed a 3-year deal with us. With each day the season gets closer, I am getting more excited about this guy. I expect him to go hard for 2 of those 3 seasons.

    2 nice things of note: 1.) Hes never played opposite of a talent like Clay Matthews 2.) Check his stats…he is NEVER injured & plays 16 games a season

    1. Kato August 6, 2014


      In essence it is a one year deal. With a two year option. All the guaranteed money is in the first year. So if he shits the bed the first year, we owe next to nothing in 2015 and 2016 as far as the salary cap goes.

      And yes, he is always injured. Never injured bad enough to where he misses a bunch of games. He has been battling chronic arthritis in his knee for a few years now. I think as long as they keep his snap count down to keep him fresh and move him around the defense that will help him out quite a bit. And yes, playing opposite Clay Matthews helps.

  9. Organicbuzz August 6, 2014

    That might have helped Julius seem professional. Think he will play 19 for the Pack? Maybe if he paces himself. How’s the grammar?

  10. iltarion August 6, 2014

    Man, are we talking about PRACTICE?
    Not a game. Not a game that I die for. We are all in here talking about PRACTICE.
    Man, I know its important. I do.
    But what are we talking about? PRACTICE?
    We are talking about PRACTICE.

  11. Packer Bob August 6, 2014

    Total TMZ Packers gets its sources from a Vikings homer? This explains much.

  12. Skinny August 7, 2014

    Have you guys acually seen practice now days? Shit, its about the equivalent to YMCA football practice, they fuckin hand out snacks and listen to music for a couple hours now. Its a fuckin joke.