In Carolina, Julius Peppers was accused of taking plays off. The truth is that Peppers is consistently double and tripled team. Bottom line is that Peppers make plays, whether or not they make it to the stat sheet.
Most of a defensive end's success is measured by how many sacks one has, which Peppers only has 2, but his presence is felt. Not only gets consistent pass rush, he is good against the run, can deflect passes and draws attention away from other defenders. Peppers is one of the main reasons why the Bears defense has allowed only 14.8 points. Last season, they gave up 23.4 points a game.
From Michael Wright of ESPN, check out what Peppers has done:
"Although he's registered just two sacks on the season, Peppers is the only player in the league with two sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception. It goes deeper, according to ESPN Stats and Information.
Peppers leads the league in pass breakups among defensive linemen (4), and his four pass defenses match Chicago's entire total on the defensive front from 2009, when Anthony Adams, Gaines Adams, Alex Brown and Tommie Harris contributed one apiece."
Sure, the season is still young and only time will tell if Peppers can earn every penny of his $91 million contract but so far so good.