Driver plays daily double
“Every time I step on the field people already know that they’re going to double me,” the Packers’ wide receiver said Thursday.
Driver said he even heard opposing corners mention it to him this season in warmups, telling him he was definitely not going to have a good game.
Driver has a team-high 39 receptions for 440 yards, but he’s well off his pace to try to have his fourth consecutive season of at least 1,200 yards receiving. It’s been up to fellow wide receivers Greg Jennings and rookie James Jones to pick up the slack.
Driver said he’s fine with that.
“Basically, when I go into the game I know they’re going to try to stop me,” Driver said. “I trust Greg and James as well to make the plays to win the game and week in and week out they’ve done that.”
Driver said being 6-1 also helps a lot when compared to being more involved in the offense.
“You think about those games last year, I had eight catches and 100 something yards, we lost,” Driver said. “Now, I’m catching three balls and we’re winning games, so it doesn’t matter.”
Jones has 26 catches for 400 yards, while Jennings has 20 catches for 369 yards.
Bigby’s bad day
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said safety Atari Bigby won’t repeat several mistakes he made when Green Bay beat Denver on Monday night, but Bigby’s night highlighted a penalty-filled performance.
Bigby committed four penalties, including a pass interference call in the end zone.
Worse, Bigby, who replaced Marquand Manuel this season, was flagged for a delay of game after kicking the ball when Nick Collins dropped an interception and another for a late hit on Denver receiver Brandon Stokley.
“He made some mistakes, and we’ll continue to talk about them,” McCarthy said. “But there’s a lot of positive things he did in that game, and he needs to continue to do that. But the poor decisions, whether it’s Atari or anybody, we need to eliminate that. Our penalties are too high.”
The Packers were called for a season-high 13 penalties for 103 yards. It was the most penalties in a game since Green Bay committed 14 against Detroit to open the season in 2005 and the most penalty yards in five years.
“I thought we made some improvement in some areas we stressed on the bye week, but we definitely got way too many penalties in that football game,” McCarthy said.
Mike and Herm
Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy makes a triumphant return to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. He launched his coaching career in Kansas City in 1993 as a quality control assistant under Marty Schottenheimer. He later became Schottenheimer’s quarterbacks coach, working with Rich Gannon, Steve Bono and Elvis Grbac.
When he first got to town in 1993, he became good friends with a young defensive secondary coach named Herm Edwards, who was also just beginning his coaching career.
“I used to tease Mike when he came in here with (then-offensive coordinator Paul) Hackett and said, ‘Here comes another genius,’ “ Edwards said. “I always called those guys geniuses in the West Coast offense. But you could tell then, he’s very good, very knowledgeable about the West Coast offense.”
McCarthy, who went to school at nearby Baker University, an NAIA school, said he has great memories of Kansas City. He also didn’t mind taking a friendly jab when asked about his impressions of Edwards.
“Typical defensive coach with a chip on his shoulder,” McCarthy joked. “He’s a lot of fun to be around. Paul Hackett was clearly one of the coaches that made a huge impact on my professional career, but Herm Edwards is a very good coach.”
The Packers’ injury report looked exactly the same as Wednesday with two exceptions. C Scott Wells (illness) practiced for the first time, while WR Koren Robinson (knee) sat out practice after a fully participating on Wednesday.
The other 12 players went unchanged, with TE Bubba Franks, CB Will Blackmon and DT Justin Harrell (ankle) out for Sunday’s game. LT Chad Clifton (knee), S Nick Collins (knee), G Junius Coston (ankle), FB Korey Hall (neck), CB Al Harris (back), WR Ruvell Martin (back), DT Ryan Pickett (knee), CB Frank Walker (knee) and CB Charles Woodson (foot) all participated on a limited basis in practice.