Much has been said about how Julius Peppers will affect the way offense game plan against the Bears defense. Sure enough, teams false start and double and triple team when they line up against Peppers.
The attention that Peppers commands will naturally force one-on-one
match ups against the other defensive lineman. It's up to Peppers'
teammates to win those match ups.
Israel Idonije has been winning his matchups and is consistently in on
almost every play. Izzy leads the defensive line with 4.5 sacks, 13
tackles and 9 assists. In addition, he has 2 passes defended and is
second on the team with 2 forced fumbles.
Idonije has succeeded at every position the Bears have asked him to play - special teams, defensive tackle and now defensive end. Izzy made up the wall on special teams that Devin Hester ran behind and into the the record books. Last season, he saw extensive playing time at defensive tackle and was the Bears most effective defensive lineman.
What will happen when teams start game planning against Izzy? They can't
double team both Idonijie and Peppers.
Moving into the second half of the season and with plenty of film to study Idonjie, I'm only guessing that teams will start paying more
attention to him.