When Rod Marinelli was the Bears defensive coordinator, he and coach Lovie Smith were comfortable enough giving Julius Peppers the freedom to line up where he saw a significant matchup advantage.
What was once an anomaly has now become a norm. A curious one, but perhaps one that is a telling sign of where Marc Trestman has taken the Bears offense in less than two seasons.
If the Bears want to end their four-year postseason drought it's going to start and end with the play of their revamped defensive line.
The hits start coming Sunday when the Bears go full pads for the first time on Day 3 of training camp in Bourbonnais.
Stephen Paea was feeling healthy and confident after Tuesday's Bears OTA at Halas Hall. It'd been awhile since he'd been either. The same can be said of the Bears' defensive line.