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Is This Donald Driver Criticizing Aaron Rodgers?

We all know that idiot Greg Jennings has something up his butt about his former teammate Aaron Rodgers. Well, Donald Driver was asked about where Jennings comments could be coming from this morning on Mike and Mike.

And Driver, surprisingly, gave what appears to be a somewhat critical answer about how Rodgers didn’t protect his receivers.

“We’ve always said that the quarterback is the one that needs to take the pressure off everyone else. If a guy runs the wrong route, it’s easy for the quarterback to say, ‘Hey, I told him to run that route’ than for the guy to be like, ‘Well, I ran the wrong route,’” Driver said. “Sometimes you ask Aaron to take the pressure off the guys so we won’t look bad, but he didn’t want to do that. He felt like if you did something bad, you do it. But I think that’s the difference. You want that leadership, and I think sometimes you may not feel like you got it. You have to earn that respect at the end of the day, and I think that’s what Greg was probably referring to.”

Hmmmm…

So Rodgers doesn’t make excuses for guys when they screw up? That seems totally like something a receiver would expect their quarterback to do. Because receivers never screw up, you know?

And certainly not a prima donna like Greg Jennings! I wonder if Christian Ponder will be making excuses for Jennings this year?

Maybe. Maybe that’s why Jennings is already in love with Ponder. Hell, he’s a terrible quarterback, but at least he makes excuses for his receivers!

As for Driver, he went on to say what a swell guy Rodgers is and we’re sure everything is hunky dory, but you kind of have to wonder what’s going on.

Remember, Jermichael Finley’s agent once criticized Rodgers for not being a leader. I wonder where he got that notion from? Maybe from Jermichael? Maybe because Rodgers didn’t make excuses for Jermichael when he screwed up?

It’s probably a good thing Rodgers throws the prettiest ball in the NFL.

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57 Comments

  1. TyKo Steamboat August 15, 2013

    He was on Jim Rome today 7 basically said he preferred Farve to Rodgers in almost any situation.

    1. TyKo Steamboat August 15, 2013

      *&

      1. Cheese August 15, 2013

        Rodgers isn’t a leader because he doesn’t make excuses for receivers that fuck up their routes? How about taking responsibility for your own actions.

  2. TyKo Steamboat August 15, 2013

    FOR THE LOVE OF CHRIST CAN WE PLEASE JUST SIGN DAN CARPENTER ALREADY?!?!?!

    1. GBslacker August 15, 2013

      no, thanks — we’ll stick with the choker…

    2. Phatgzus August 16, 2013

      Well, he’s currently not meeting with anyone because he’s with his wife who is pregnant and past her due date. Regardless, I don’t think they’ll sign him, unfortunately, because then they’ll have to eat Crosby’s contract and pay Carpenter and he probably wants to be paid somewhere near the same rate as Crossbar Barbie. I can’t quite envision the Packers shelling out that kind of money to their kickers, not with the expiring contracts they’ll have to deal with next year.

  3. CO Bob August 15, 2013

    Donald didn’t put on purple. He can say what he wants and it won’t be skewed.

    Jennings’ comments only flush down the MN toilets.

  4. GJ85_AlwaysBeGreat_d00d August 15, 2013

    I’ll spell it out. What they’re basically saying is that Aaron is a poor leader because when his wide receivers make mistakes he doesn’t take the blame. Makes PERFECT sense.

  5. Mike R August 15, 2013

    DD was on the NFL AM this morning, and backed up Jennings, basically said he was telling the truth about Rodgers. There obviously is some issues with some of the ex-receivers and Rodgers. I’m sure this is fairly common, you just don’t always hear about it. Just like any other work place, people don’t get along, there’s alliances, etc. Rodgers has always been pretty vocal about Cobb, James Jones, and Jordy. It seems like those are his boys. I do love DD, but his comments about this don’t real mean a whole lot in my opinion.

    1. Savage57 August 16, 2013

      I seem to remember that it was AR that was in the DTWS audience supporting his teammate, not BF. So now he goes and throws AR under the bus.

      No good deed goes unpunished.

  6. Deepsky August 15, 2013

    I remember Vince Lombardi said of leadership: Leaders cover for those that don’t want to look bad. Or maybe he didn’t say that.

  7. Don Q August 15, 2013

    It sounds like receivers that don’t get or didn’t get the ball thrown their way enough times get or had gotten butthurt over it. Build a bridge and get over it.

  8. Sgt Handle August 15, 2013

    Gee……… What a couple of pussy’s.. If you screw up you own it and make sure it dont happen again. These two guys need to grow up. Glad they werent next to me in Iraq.

  9. just some guy August 15, 2013

    WTF? a QB who doesn’t take the blame for a dumb ass receiver who doesn’t know what route to run? sounds like that QB supports accountability. James Jones gives a great quote when asked about this non-issue: “It’s everybody’s responsibility,” Jones said. “Everybody in here is a man. You’re not in college no more, you’re not in high school no more. When you make a mistake, you have to own up to your own mistake.

    “Just because we have a good quarterback, it ain’t his responsibility to take everybody else’s wrongdoing. If we make a mistake, we own up to our mistakes. When he makes a mistake, he owns up to his. He lets us know when (we’re) wrong, and we let him know when he’s wrong.”
    how about that…………….?

    1. Kyle August 15, 2013

      Spot on.

      1. geopack August 16, 2013

        No mystery as to why Aaron would speak up for guy like James.

        1. Dave August 16, 2013

          yeah completely agree, if it weren’t for AR, JJ would have been a mistake on Thompson’s record. love having that man on the field and in our locker room. true display of leadership there, standing up for a guy who was on the block but shouldn’t have been.

    2. Phatgzus August 16, 2013

      Damn skippy. This is your job, you get paid millions of US dollars to do it, do it well, if you fuck up then it’s your fault, be an adult and take responsibility for your actions. If you were a construction worker who put a arching ball through the side of a newly built house you wouldn’t expect those who put up the wall to take the blame and say “our bad for putting that wall there.”

  10. GBslacker August 15, 2013

    this irresponsibility is just bizarre — it’s like pre-school !

    Reminds me of a video…
    A guy steals a car with a hidden camera. He has a big time — music, playing drums on the steering wheel, dancing behind the wheel. After a few blocks, the car dies and the doors lock… and he goes into an absolute panic.

    When the police appear, his first words are: “I didn’t have nuthin’ to do with this”

    In retrospect, and after further analysis, I’ve come to the conclusion that this, too, is Rodger’s fault.

  11. PF4L August 15, 2013

    Love Driver….But Driver should talk about Driver…Not what he “thinks” Greg Jennings meant. Just sayin.

  12. DD August 15, 2013

    Your beloved DD adamantly confirms Awon Wodgers is a prissy little douchebag and you still can’t accept it, so you start throwing insults at him? Jeez.

    1. the real russ letlow August 16, 2013

      you must be dreaming DD, you are not beloved on this site.

  13. SA packerfan August 15, 2013

    What is he talking about? The coaches cannot be interacting and understanding Rodgers’s decision making ability without him telling the truth about the status of any receiver. So Driver and Jennings want Rodgers to lie and cover for them if they mess up to show leadership. Driver – rethink your position dude!

  14. Savage57 August 15, 2013

    Paraphrasing that old country classic…

    “Put another chip on the shoulder,
    Cook me up some bacon an’ some beans”…

    (anyone that gets this spent too much time in honky-tonks in the late 70’s)

  15. ay hombre August 15, 2013


    Deepsky:

    I remember Vince Lombardi said of leadership: Leaders cover for those that don’t want to look bad. Or maybe he didn’t say that.

    Awesome.

    Awesome.


    Deepsky:

    I remember Vince Lombardi said of leadership: Leaders cover for those that don’t want to look bad. Or maybe he didn’t say that.

  16. I’m very surprised Driver said this. I always thought Jennings was just trying to stir the pot about his old team, but it looks like his comments have some validity now thanks to DD. But good news for Packers fans is that leadership is overrated. Rodgers is proof of that. He is and will continue to be the best QB in the NFL (willing to make excuses for his WRs or not)

    1. Savage57 August 16, 2013

      Nice post. Cogent thoughts, devoid of any inflammatory vitriol.

      Appreciate it.

    2. Abe Frohman August 16, 2013

      I’m not sure leadership is overrated. I think what we’re talking about here is differing opinions on what constitutes “good” leadership.

      My .02 is that Rodgers has enough responsibility and pressure on his shoulders as is. He doesn’t need to unnecessarily add to that by covering the mistakes of his receiving corps.

  17. MadCity Packer Fan August 15, 2013

    DD can you grab a bat and smash your computer so we don’t have read your dumb trolling posts? Thanks Nancy.

  18. DD August 15, 2013

    Basically I (Donald Driver that is) was making a roundabout, passive aggressive explanation of the fact that when Erin screws up he tells the coaches the receiver ran the wrong route. That’s the way a woman thinks, it’s never her fault. I was just dancing it around it a bit before. Now I’m just saying it. #Smile!!!!

  19. Don Q August 15, 2013

    Clearly this DD turd can’t read, is obsessed with Aaron Rodgers and has no life because he wastes his time trying to tell a small demographic of Packer fans “how we should think and act”. His Mom must be real proud of her son/ daughter. Hopefully Karma will nip DD in the butt when he goes to prison for stalking NFL players. Sicko!

    1. DD August 15, 2013

      Jeez, you mad? Don’t take everything so seriously. Not trying to hurt your feelings.

  20. Phatgzus August 15, 2013

    As unfair as the scenario DD is portraying Is, I get it. Oftentimes, being a leader requires you to step ip and support your guys even when you know they’re in the wrong, this is one of the major ways trust is built and obviously you can’t be a leader w/o the trust of your cohorts. As it is the skill position players (esp. receivers) are, in general, the least intelligent and, consequently, least mature players, ergo they need to e coddled more than other players. It’s not fair but that seems to be the way it is, the QB usually has to act as a parent to the receivers, TEs, and sometimes RBs. Additionally, the coach knows virtually everything that’s happening on the field (unless he’s a pissed off Vince Lombardi) so he almost always knows who fucked up on what play, thu the only thing that can be gained by talking to him is the trust of a fellow teammate. It seems that the QBs who are close with their coaches (such as Brady and A-Rodge) have been criticized by receivers who are former teammates, which I find somewhat intriguing.

    I’m definitely not saying Rodgers isn’t a leader, I certainly enjoy his personality and he has the vote of confidence from players such as Raji, Matthews, JJ, Cobb, and Jordy. Furthermore, DD played most of his career with Favre and the 2 are close friends so this may just be an issue of loyalty to the gunslinger, especially since it comes on the heels of Jennings denouncing Rodgers. More than anything this seems like the media’s pathetic attempt to reanimate the Favre-Packers/Rodgers controversy.

    1. Savage57 August 16, 2013

      On the leadership thing, AR has a challenge before him to ease into a more voluble role as parent, friend, coach, critic, motivator, etc., while still maintaining the incredible, laser-like focus on the field that he’s shown over the years.

      One aspect of leadership that I think is always overlooked is that leadership is a given thing, never taken. Humans will follow someone to the ends of the earth if that person shows a genuine and shared commitment to singular and common interests and goals. People look to leaders to define direction, instill focus, engender commitment and motivate action.

      This is the next step in his development and maturation that AR will have to take as he becomes a true-veteran QB. He is smart enough that he’ll learn to fine tune his style to the individual (as was Lombardi’s greatest attribute) so that his leadership works for everyone without diluting the certainty of the course of action that he sees as necessary.

    2. Abe Frohman August 16, 2013

      I’m not so sure it’s a question of a lack of intelligence in the receiving corps. The playbook is pretty complicated. They also have reads as to what the route tree looks like. The QB and the WR need to be on the same page for chemistry to occur. That said, WR is probably the least “team” oriented of the group on offense. They only have to beat their man. They are flashy. They score the TD’s. It’s more ego and immaturity, in my opinion, that seems systemic to the position they play. They’re mostly prima donnas. I’m very surprised to hear this crap coming from Drive.

      I completely agree that the coach knows who’s doing what.

      The ironic thing here is that the QB needs to know everyone’s routes, their reads and their progressions. He’s now required to make excuses when the receivers mess up their one job? I don’t get it.

  21. Iltarion August 15, 2013

    Driver was also interviewed by Kyle Brandt today. Brandt asked him a bunch of Rodgers vs. Favre questions, and DD said “Brett” on every one.

    It is becoming obvious that Brett’s leadership style was different than A-Rodge’s and that the older WRs like DD and Jennings were used to Brett’s style.

    I think Brett wanted to be liked in the locker room. He was one of the boys and that was his style. I think Rodgers wants to be respected, and isn’t as concerned with being liked. He demands a lot from himself, and expects others to do their fricking jobs.

    Jones, Nelson and Cobb are used to Rodgers and get his style.

    What is amazing to me about this is that Jennings and Driver didn’t come off as divas at all when they were here. Who knew?

    1. Abe Frohman August 16, 2013

      Well said.

  22. rebelgb August 15, 2013

    Of all the Negros in this world who are always looking to shun responsibility for ANYTHING, I always thought DD was the exception. A stand up guy who believed in personal accountability.

    Apparently he is just like the rest of them……

    What a shame.

    1. Cheese August 15, 2013

      What the fuck does the color of their skin have to do with anything? The only thing “man” about a man is his mind, everything else can be found in a pig. Take a look at the James Jones quote posted above if you want to see personal accountability.

    2. Savage57 August 16, 2013

      Holy shit!

      Negroes?

      Aside from your post being being racist as fuck, who in the hell uses that term anymore? Did you just emerge from a bomb shelter after 50 years?

      1. Tucson Packer August 16, 2013

        My father had a Lab teacher in his University years during the early 60’s. This lab teacher stated “The proper term for Black People is to address them as Negro” This lab teacher was an African American himself.

        Just thinking, Savage could have used a lot more “interesting” words there.

        1. Tucson Packer August 16, 2013

          *rebelgb rahter could have

        2. Phatgzus August 16, 2013

          It may have been the politically correct term back in the day, but seeing as the 60s was the pinnacle of political and social unrest, that may not be the most reliable decade from which to draw politically correct terms.
          The contemporary general consensus (among most or all ethnicities) is that Negro is a disparaging term, not much less so than 3 other commonly used dysphemisms.
          Not judgin’ just sayin’.

    3. Sgt Handle August 16, 2013

      I wish you were next to me in Iraq….You woulda been fragged imediatly.

      1. Savage57 August 16, 2013

        Good idea, but waste of a grenade.

        Garrotte?

    4. Abe Frohman August 16, 2013

      I’m pretty sure that if you looked at the demographics of the people on social programs, you’d find that the majority of them are honkies. (since you opened the door back to the 50’s, I figured I’d walk through it at least as far as the 70’s).

    5. Phatgzus August 16, 2013

      Rebel, was your name by any chance inspired by Johnny Rebel?

    6. Dave August 16, 2013

      rebel, stfu and gtfo. you are an embarrassment in every way possible. you are a prime example of all that sucks in this world.
      Sgt, please and thank you sir.

  23. Kozak August 16, 2013

    Bart Starr was the greatest leader the Packers have ever seen ( and Aarons roll model). He would BLISTER guys in the huddle if they screwed up. Ultimately he would accept the responsibility for the success or failure of the offense as a whole. NOT a leaders job to make excuses for his guys. Really surprised at DD.

    1. Phatgzus August 16, 2013

      You state that one of the best leaders in packer history took responsibility for the failure (or success) of the entire offense then you subsequently state that it’s not a leader’s job to make excuses; seems a tad contradictory, unless you’re implying one can take responsibility without making excuses for others, which I certainly agree with.
      I too did not expect this from DD, still a great dude and anquintessential Packer in my book, but I’d be lying if unsaid the nature of these comments isn’t somewhat off-putting.

  24. SA packerfan August 16, 2013

    Is Rodgers a coach? No, well than what the hell with having to protect the other players. Are DD and Jennings that weak that they cannot take credit for their own mistakes? I guess so. Sad for them, they look weak and petty.

    I can hear the wide receiver coach now; “no we don’t have to work on anything, Rodgers says they always run the correct route and timing is perfect…well then it looks like they have extra time to make some deodorant commercials”

    Is it Rodger job to be liked or to win games?

  25. vj August 16, 2013

    Aaron is a quiet, lead by example kind of guy…though he does have some swagger to his game, he plays for the mental challenge and the fun of it. Whereas Tom Brady and Peyton Manning walk up and down the sideline bench barking orders and rallying the troops to go to war…different types of leaders…Aaron is good…the other two are superior or rare.

  26. BB August 17, 2013

    Sooooo, pretty much every receiver that gets away from you guys says Rodgers is a selfish and full of himself – not a team player at all, and that means those receivers are all dicks?

    Just checking to make sure I got the story right.

    Hmmm… Maybe if your star QB thought more of the team and did not take a 1/3 of cap space you could afford an o-line that didn’t suck donkey dick, or a running back that doesn’t look like Fat Albert or maybe even a defense that could stop a high school team from scoring 35 points.

  27. the real jeff ircink August 17, 2013

    time to turn on the beloved DD now, Packer fans. go ahead….

  28. PF4L August 17, 2013

    Anyone that wants to disparage Aaron Rodgers….Have at it. Because at the end of the day, when all is said and done. If Rodgers keeps playing the way he has ( no reason to think he won’t). He will be in the discussion as maybe the best QB the NFL has ever seen. Which will be discussed heavily, when Rodgers is nominated for his 1st ballot Hall of Fame…Nuff said.

  29. PF4L August 17, 2013

    Try winning a MVP with a 31st ranked defense, a lower than average O line, and no running game. Rodgers should win MVP every year. This team wins maybe 3-5 games without him. THAT’S the most valuable player.

  30. Apeshit August 17, 2013

    Stfu Don D if your smile wasn’t so big you would have been gone prior to 2010. I seem to remember when things were going swell that 80 said 12 was a lot better that 4 because 12 didn’t lead his wr into danger or hang them out to dry like 4 did…. WR are a bunch of vaginas that is for certain.