Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris has not-so-found memories of Julius Peppers tormenting the Bucs twice a year when Peppers was with the Carolina Panthers.
Peppers has 15 1/2 sacks in 15 career games against the Buccaneers. The Panthers were 10-5 overall with Peppers, 6-2 when he had a sack, 4-3 when he did not.
''He's been a pain in the neck for us, man,'' said Morris, who has been with the Buccaneers for all but one season since 2002, when Peppers was a rookie. ''He's an awesome player He always finds a way to make plays happen. He always find s a way to get his hands on the ball ... and hit your quarterback. He is certainly one of the premier ends in the league, if not the best.''
Jay Cutler has faced the Buccaneers once in his career -- a victory in 2008 when he was 23-of-34 for 227 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions an a 96.1 rating. But Morris seems to have a good grasp on what the Bears quarterback is all about.
''He's very competitive,'' Morris said. ''He'll get out there and swing it around a bunch. If he gets hot, he's really hot. If you can get after him a little bit and slow him down a little bit, you can get to him and make him frustrated.
''But he's a very good player, very talented -- probably one of the most talented guys we'll play this year. And I've got a lot of respect for what Jay can do and what he's done to us in the past when he was at Denver.''
Devin Hester has faced the Buccaneers only once in his career. As a rookie in 2006, he had a 32-yard kickoff return and a 28-yard punt return in a victory over the Buccaneers at Soldier Field. Morris was coaching at Kansas State that year. But he knows what to expect.
''I was hoping the Bears would leave him at home and not bring him to London,'' Morris said. ''But if he shows up, hopefully we can keep him somewhat out of the game. Hopefully we can do some directional-kick things and try to get him away from the ball.
''Hopefully we can get down and tackle him because he's certainly a dynamic player and a great one in this game and he's been hot. He's rolling.''