Julius Peppers Played Some Defensive Tackle During Bears Week 1 Victory

Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers saw some time at the defensive tackle position on third downs Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

The positional rotation is just one of defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli's new tactics for 2012. As reported by Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune, Peppers made it seem like the rotations were decided by the players on the field.

"We have a good rotation," Peppers said. "We communicate. Sometimes, I want to go inside. Sometimes, I don't. Sometimes, other guys want to go inside. It's basically ... it's a decision that we all make."

On third downs the Bears defensive linemen switched up positions frequently. Peppers, Israel Idonije and Henry Melton all played both tackle and end in those situations with Melton, who finished with two sacks, benefiting the most from the arrangement.

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