Receivers Drops helped lead to Loss to Steelers : Packers Insider

Receivers Drops helped lead to Loss to Steelers

December 23, 2009 by  
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Dec 23, 2009, by Lori Nickel, Journal-Sentinel

~ Without being asked or prodded, Donald Driver came right out and admitted it was just one of those days. It seemed it was cathartic for him to express his frustration as he walked through an otherwise deserted locker room a day after the Green Bay Packers suffered a one-point loss at Pittsburgh.  

A first-half pass slips away from Donald Driver during Sunday’s game against the Steelers. Driver had a tough day hanging onto the football.

A first-half pass slips away from Donald Driver during Sunday’s game against the Steelers. Driver had a tough day hanging onto the football.

Green Bay’s veteran receiver dropped three passes – let’s not count what was just out of reach – against the Steelers. Though he did what he could to make up for his lapses with his three catches, including a 49-yarder that should have led to a field goal in the second quarter, Driver knows how it goes.

Win that game and the emphasis is on the great plays.

Lose it and let the criticism rain.

“You want to put it on me? Put it on me,” he said with a shrug, knowing that was not the case. The Packers did not lose the game because of dropped passes.

But the drops piled on top of other mistakes on special teams and in the defense. And the Packers receivers have had the maddening case of the drops before. In the early weeks of the season, several receivers were dropping passes. And a few, including tight ends, are dropping them again.

The Packers counted on No. 80 to lead the way then, and they might ask him to fix the problem again.

“You know what, I didn’t fix that. I’ll also say, I didn’t create it, either,” said receivers coach Jimmy Robinson. “But they had to get their heads together and that’s what I did. If I did anything I said: ‘Drive, get these guys together and get this fixed,’ and they did.”   Full article here

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