The Bears were flagged to 12 men on the field both on offense and defense. That was just a symptom of bigger problems.
His play on the field may be disruptive but in the locker room, Julius Peppers is quiet and unassuming.
But when he does speak, people listen.
The Bears repeated Packers-related behaviors of years past — interceptions and failure to take down Aaron Rodgers qualify as Bears standards vs. Green Bay — and the outcome was eerily the same.
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.