Beason changing tune on ex-teammate Peppers

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 201011:06 PM

By John MullinCSNChicago.com

About this time a year ago Carolina Panthers linebacker John Beason was calling out teammate Julius Peppers publicly, raising an issue of Peppers perceived intensity.

Now he would be very, very happy if Peppers left any intensity back in Chicago when the Bears go to Charlotte to play Peppers former team.

I think Pep is going to go down as one of the best ever, Beason said. Truly a specimen and hes an addition to any football team, any defense. The difference is, now that Im playing outside linebacker, that things are more clear to me how important it is having a big dominant D-end.

Indeed you sometimes dont appreciate what you had til its gone. So it is with Peppers and the Panthers from whom hes gone now after eight seasons in Carolina.

Beason, suffering through an 0-3 start then and an 0-4 one now, subsequently explained his comments about Peppers made to a Charlotte radio station. He has gained an even greater appreciation of what Peppers was facing week after week.

I was able to witness it first hand for three years the different schemes Pep had to deal with every Sunday as far as sliding offensive linemen his way and backs chipping in before they went out, Beason said.

It was tough on him but if youre playing opposite him, you should definitely be excited about it because he will definitely command that attention.

No regrets?

Coach Lovie Smith says that the Bears have no regrets about releasing defensive end Alex Brown, now that they also have sent Browns designated successor, Mark Anderson, out of town as well.

OK, then how about any regrets at the $1.75 million tender offer they placed on Anderson? The one that was at the second-round level? Four games at $1.75 million works out to $437,500 per game. Have to think somebody around Halas Hall finds that decision at least a little regrettable.

OL change?

The Bears have shaken up their offensive line during games, sometimes out of necessity, sometimes by choice. With left tackle Chris Williams out for a still-undetermined time with his hamstring injury, look for rookie JMarcus Webb to get a start at right tackle and veteran Kevin Shaffer sliding back into the role of all-purpose swingman that the Bears want for him.

Webb is 6-7, 328 pounds and the biggest Bears offensive lineman. He has been a stellar surprise ever since training camp, playing with balance and control for a rookie, and his power is looked at as a major plus in the run game.

Starting this week in Carolina or against Seattle? Not to be ruled out.

Grant proposal

You have to love Charles Grant a little for blunt honesty, about himself and what hes really after. He began one answer to a question Wednesday, As an old guy.

Grant is 32. Thats a year older than Alex Brown, the guy the Bears released with the public reason that they wanted to give some of their younger players opportunities.

Maybe Grant was being facetious (you almost hope so) but where most players cite a Super Bowl ring as their career ambition at an advanced point of their careers. Not Grant, who got one last year with the New Orleans Saints although he didnt play in the Super Bowl because of an injury: The only thing I havent got out of the league is a Pro Bowl, and I think this is my time to do that.

And if the organization sent Brown away and subsequently signed someone older than he is, what does that say about rookie defensive end Corey Wootton from Northwestern? Or the so-called commitment to young players?

Subtraction by addition?

The back story that may prove increasingly interesting to the Bears is not Brett Favre-Randy Moss but rather Favre-Brad Childress. The Bears saw last season what friction between franchise quarterback and offensive coordinator. A fascinating little tale by Yahoo Sports Mike Silver (http://tinyurl.com/2859j42) gets at some cracks up north that could well be of even more significance if a true fissure develops between head coach and his quarterback.

And maybe theres a huge positive in Moss returning to the Bears division. Moss teams are a pedestrian 8-6 vs. the Bears and now come stories that Moss was feuding with New England quarterbacks coach Bill OBrien (http://tinyurl.com/27z8ssm) and New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, who faces Moss next Monday night when the Vikings go to the Jets, declared Wednesday that Moss quit in the Patriots-Jets game week two (http://tinyurl.com/2auw69o).

Brett Favre and Randy Moss. The Bears are 7-3 under Lovie Smith against Favre teams and 1-1 against Moss teams (just the 2004 Vikings; they missed him with Oakland and New England). Moss could make the Vikings better. Definitely.

Or not.

John “Moon”
is CSNChicago.com’s Bears Insider, and appears regularly on
Bears Postgame Live and Chicago Tribune Live. Follow Moon

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