Sunday’s matchup between the Vikings and Bears features two of the best pass rushers over the last 6-10 years, with Julius Peppers lining up for Chicago and Jared Allen lining up for Minnesota.
Peppers entered the NFL in 2002 and has 91.0 career sacks, including double-digit sacks in 6 of his 9 full seasons. Allen entered the NFL in 2004 and has quickly climbed the charts, registering 91.5 over his career and 48.5 since joining the Vikings in 2008.
While meeting with reporters on Wednesday, Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier was asked if he’s noticed a common trait among the great pass rushers he’s known throughout his football life. Frazier is qualified to answer because he played with Hall of Fame DE Richard Dent in Chicago and he coached Indianapolis Colts DE Dwight Freeney from 2005-06. It didn’t take Frazier long to identify that trait, and his reasoning behind it was interesting to note. The trait he names is not one you’d guess.
Here’s what he said…
“I did play with one who is in the Hall of Fame now, Richard Dent, and it seems to be that one quality when I look at Dwight Freeney, look at Jared (Allen), Richard, those guys have such a passion for rushing the passer along with being great athletes but they’re all smart guys. They have the football instincts and intelligence that you wouldn’t necessarily associate with a defensive end. They’re almost like a linebacker who is calling the defense. I can remember Richard telling me at times, ‘Hey, I’m going to use this move’ and this is in between plays, ‘Watch this guy, he’s going to take this fake and I’m going to be on the quarterback.’ The same thing with Jared. He’ll say at times, ‘I’m going to do this’ and ‘This is going to happen.’ They’ve already thought through what they’re going to do, mimic plays before they actually happen and make it happen. It’s not just being fast or strong. These guys are thinking on their feet and they are tremendous athletes.”
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