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McCarthy addresses Driver being inactive

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 6, 2013 – 2:32 pm

Donald DriverHead Coach Mike McCarthy on Sunday discussed the difficulty in leaving veteran WR Donald Driver on the inactive list for what might have been his final game at Lambeau Field. It was the fourth time Driver has been inactive this season, with the three occurrences in the regular season coming in Weeks, 13, 15 and 17.

“Donald Driver is a class act to say the least,” McCarthy said. “He’s a pro’s pro. He does everything you ever ask of him. We’ve had conversations of late here, … and he’s handled it very well. He’s an excellent teammate. Everyone clearly understands what he means to the organization and what he’s done.

“He’s out there preparing every day, getting ready to play. He may have an opportunity this week. We’ll see how it shakes down. Those are very difficult decisions to make, when you have a healthy 53, to get to 46.”

McCarthy pointed out that the final decisions for the gameday active roster often come down to special teams, and rookie LB Terrell Manning was activated for Saturday night’s playoff game against Minnesota. Manning proceeded to earn a game ball on special teams from the coaches as well as the “Big Hit” award, McCarthy said.

“That’s why you have to make those kinds of decisions,” McCarthy said. “That’s part of the way it sorts out in game-planning and obviously special teams plays into it.”

A couple of other notes from McCarthy’s Sunday press conference:

–He mentioned it only in passing, but McCarthy made reference to rookie RT Don Barclay playing his best game to date. Barclay started the last four games of the regular season and was making his playoff debut.

–The only injury reported from the game was a hamstring injury to TE Jermichael Finley. McCarthy said the medical staff has told him it’s “nothing of a serious nature,” but he did not address Finley’s status for this week.

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135 Responses to “McCarthy addresses Driver being inactive”

  1. By tony hanson on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply


  2. By BB/NW ND Fan on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    It’s nice to hear that McCarthy understands Driver’s importance, but He NEEDS to PLAY Driver. The receiving core has just not been the same this year without him. They are out-of-sinc. The offense will need some help in San Francisco.

  3. By Shahin on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Surprised yet happy Jordy Nelson wasn’t listed as an injury with the way he limped off the field toward the end of the game.

  4. By Canadian Bill on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Very sad to see Driver inactive but the team always comes first. Hope he gets another chance this year and it would be fantastic if they win the SB. Then he can leave or retire a true winner like he always portays himself. Still wondering what in the world NY is trying to say Go Pack

  5. By 50 yr fan on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Great teams Don’t treat Great Players like that. Very sad that Packers are no longer A Great Team or they wouldn’t have treated Donald Driver as they have!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. By Osi on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    50 yr fan dude, Driver is old what do you expect when there is plenty of younger talent that are performing better than him?

  7. By Darrell on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    I’m a Driver fan, but who do u take out and put Driver in?

  8. By Beth on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    They need to play him, We need an experianced player that can keep his head in the game and not drop the ball.

  9. By rodgersrules on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Everybody loves Driver but he brought this possibility on himself pushing the team to resign him to play another year when it was obvious there were too many quality receivers for him to get much playing time and he wasn’t going to be on special teams. You can’t activate somebody for a playoff game who isn’t likely to contribute just because everybody likes him and he’s been a great Packer. Even more so now that the entire receiving corps is essentially healthy. It just doesn’t work that way.

  10. By Ryan on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    I hope to see him hang his helmet up for good as a packer and im sure he will. But then again still seems like he wants to play. Hope it don’t lead to a trade. And trading 85 is just plain dumb. You put him in a slot rout and he is golden. Just saying younger is not always better!

  11. By tsohn on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Donald Driver deserves to play. He’s paid his dues. He still can make plays, give him a chance. When he’s out there he has been open at times but doesnt get the ball,why? There has to be someone else u can put on inactive list. He can still play!

  12. By Darrell on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    There won’t be a trade with Jennings cuz he’s a free agent, I definitely hope we keep him, but GB doesn’t like to pay…and there’s just not enough room for Driver to play with the young talent we have

  13. By bryan86 on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    One thing the packers not being a great team because of this is a stretch.Its about the organization as a whole in an effort to improve upon the future. Dallas with Emmitt Smith, Frisco with Rice, Vikings with Carter and you can say Rams with Jackson it happens all the time.If he chooses to retire he can start and finish with the same team and that will look nice in Canton one day.

  14. By Darrell on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    I like the draft-and-develop philosophy, but when u develop a player, why do we let him go? To me, its like defeating the purpose…lol

  15. By tom on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Hate to break it to you bryan. As good as DD’s numbers are there is no shot he will make it to the HOF

  16. By Mike Mehn on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Donald Driver has been an awesome player and more importantly a great role model. His overcoming adversity as a youngster to become what he has, is a great story. I know he has given back to the fans and the community. Best Wishes to you Donald.
    I will sure miss your smile

  17. By tez on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    I ve been a fan of Driver for a very long time, This dude lead the packers in Receiveing yards and catches, I mean You still have to give the man a oppturnity, hes a playmaker.

  18. By Larry on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    I think we can say goodbye to Jennings. That might be OK though because most times when these guys get that “huge” deal, they are too busy carrying the money bag to catch the ball !

  19. By Big O on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Tez, I fully agree, Drivers made some of the most imposible catches i’ve ever seen, he’s earned his chances!!!

  20. By Dan A on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Can understand how people would like to have DD active, but special teams is vitally important during the playoffs. Certainly respect the many years that DD have given to the Packers, but this is playoff time.

    Go Pack Go!!

  21. By Stroh on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Too bad this is happening to a great Packer like Driver. But as I said in training camp, Driver should retire. He’s done nothing this year to show he can play even w/ all the injuries to Jennings and Nelson he could never get on the field. Whats he got 8 rec for 70 yards? Too bad it had to end this way but it was painfully obvious that Drivers usefullness in GB had ended. He used Dancing to force the Packers into re-signing him or have a public relations incident to deal with. Driver got what he deserved for it, alot of bench time and the indignity of being a healthy inactive in a home playoff game. Time to go away Donald, respected you alot until this year.

  22. By Rose on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    I think Driver should play in the playoff he has proven time and time again that he has great ball skills.On the flip side if he wants to retire I would rather him be healthy when he goes. DON’T TRADE #85!!!!

  23. By michael on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    If the Packers are inevitably going to lose a receiver after this year they should consider trading James Jones for high value defensive player and re-sign Greg Jennings so they don’t lose Jennings for no value.

  24. By Kyle on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Wow it’s amazing how many people that have zero clue how NFL rosters work. Everyone loves Driver, but at his age, he is not even close to beig as good as Nelson, Jennings, Cobb and Jones. There’s only so many game day spots available!
    And they aren’t TRADING Jennings, they just won’t have enough cap room to resign him and he wants Larry Fitzgerald money. Get a clue

  25. By Jesse on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    i am a driver fan he is my favorite player of all time he can still play but nobody thinks so because he is old but the truth is he plays like hes 30 just without the speed tho

  26. By Spark on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    DD is great and Greg Jennings is also very good…do any of you think you know more then the coaching staff that sees these guy everyday? C’mon, if MM thinks DD needs to sit then he needs to sit. Same with Jennings and Finley. Some of these comments are based on emotion not logic.

  27. By Jerry on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Don is a true leader of this team. He is always putting his team first always unselfish! I hope that when Don retires from playing the game he is given the opportunity to stay with the team as a receivers coach. He would be a great teacher to the younger players leading by example. If something happens unforseen to another receiver Don should be given the opportunity to step in with out fear! Good luck Packers just 3 more games to go!

  28. By Tyler Tutt on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    You realize Driver wasn’t 100% right? You would have to be a moron to start someone for the novelty of the move. Yes he potentially missed his last game at Lambeau, but he would have been on the field if he would have contributed more than Macmillan.

  29. By Tyler Tutt on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    No we need the most dynamic players out there. They can all catch, that’s their job. Cobb was tied for 6th with the most dropped balls in the NFL should they have benched him for Driver?

  30. By Tyler Tutt on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    He didn’t bad mouth anyone his agent did, and him and Rodgers have been meeting every week to look at film and build chemistry. He has less dropped balls than Cobb and Jordy this season. Sounds like you need to reevaluate your post.

  31. By Katrina on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Donald Driver is such an important part of this team, personally, I will be ashamed of the packers (for the first time ever) if they don’t resign him. He’s a great football player, yeah, he’s getting older, but he’s still a lot better than some of this younger ones…and the packers are such a family oriented team..

  32. By ChicagoPack on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Let Finley take a rest and play ‘Double D’

    Chemistry in the playoffs and YAC is what will carry us to the ‘Big Dance’

    Coach….”Let Him Dance!”

  33. By rick sutherland on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    If mm is calling the offensive plays,why does he always get so darn conservative in a playoff game and run everything up the middle instead of running plays like in the first half.if you do this in sf youre going to get your tails kicked all over the field.dont be so dam conservative and predictable all the time in your play calling.about dd he should be able to play hes had enough concussions in helping this team over the years.

  34. By Stroh on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Rick, the Packers were up by 3 TD’s when McCarthy got conservative and the vikes hadn’t scored a TD all game. Would you rather Rodgers keep dropping back and get hit and possibly end up like RG3? That would really help the Packers SB chances wouldn’t it?

  35. By k on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Don’t agree with that decision at all!

  36. By jgarzon on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    I want to see DRIVER play, he always comes through when his on the field.. His one of my favorite players!!!

  37. By johnkersting on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah, I’m a 50 year fan too and I respect MM’s decision overall, we have a lot of health right now and DD knows he will absolutely be used if/when he is needed and he delivers. Nice to have so many play makers, but that might not last. Injuries doomed RGIII, Ponder and we got the gifts from that.

  38. By asp24 on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    I would like to see DD play, he is one of the best WR out there. I think what is going on with him is terrible. Where ever Driver goes I will support him no matter where he is. GO DD!!!!

  39. By Duke on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Ted that’s the best comment I’ve read…while I agree Driver has been a important part of the teams recent history he’s not as effective or usable with all of the depth at WR. To activate T. Manning instead of DD was a smart move, Jones or Hawk get hurt and we a on thin ice at MLB smart move IMO

  40. By Gomez on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Donald Driver, the face of the Green Bay Packers.

  41. By Kenny on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Everyone that sees it as some sort of slight to Drive, just isn’t grasping how roster decisions are made. It’s very rare that you would have 6 WR’s active on gameday. You can only have 5 eligible receivers on a given play. The Packers also use their TE as a slot receiver a lot. There is no need for 6 WR’s barring injury. Especially 1 that does not play Special Teams.

    Driver was inactive because Ross was being used as the primary Kickoff returner. He may very well handle all of the kick return duties in the future to get Cobb away from the risk of it.

    Drive is a Packer Legend and always will be. However, he isn’t one of the top 4 WR’s on the Packers team anymore.

    If Cobb handles all the kick return duties against the 49ers, Drive will likely be active as the 5th and Ross inactive.

  42. By Adam on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Activating Driver instead of Finley would be one of the most bone-headed moves that a team could make. I understand that people dislike him because of some drops but he makes defenses honor a playmaker. Do you really think that any defense would be worried about DJ Williams or Tom Crabtree? GOD NO! Driver is far past his prime, and as sad as it is to see him go like this, he wouldn’t help at all.

  43. By Jon on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    That string at the end by the same poster was the best part of this thread. The coach knows whether Driver is at least the 46th most useful person on the team or not. Clearly he isn’t. The end. Nobody is doing anything wrong, here. Neither Driver nor MM.

  44. By Bryce on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Honestly, Im disappointed by the clear bandwagon nature of some of these comments. That and the lack of knowledge of football. Driver will always be one of my all-time favorite Packers but he belongs nowhere but the bench right now lifting up the team and being a motivator for the WR corps. No, Driver will not be in the hall of fame. I would be surprised if he didnt get a spot in the PHOF though. As far as the Jennings thing goes, I think we have no choice but to let him go. Jake Long is a free agent after this season and I really hope we will make the right moves and get a solid OL together to protect the Franchise. I would prefer the money go there. We have way to much young talent at WR.. I am loving Ross btw. OL, OLB, and RB should be addressed first this offseason.

  45. By HumCo.PackFan on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Jon and Bryce you both are on point, but one thing I would like to see MM do is remove Cobb from Punt duties. Ross looked more than capable, but MM has SP trust issues and it is the playoffs.

  46. By Duke on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Keep Ross out there, try to keep Jennings if at all possible, say bye to Finley, win the SB, then draft OL, DE, ILB, SS, HB, OL, OL, OL, OL, OL you get my point. Then the talent in GB will be so great the team win by Default, they’ll become the Chuck Norris of the NFL, like Brett Favre can throw a football over 60 yards, AARON RODGERS CAN THROW BRETT EVEN FURTHER!

  47. By RichardSRussell on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Everybody loves Donald, perhaps the most universally beloved Packer since LeRoy Butler, and justifiably so.

    I’ll be happy if they put him in for the last dozen plays in the Super Bowl, by then safely out of reach. I’d love to see the final play be him standing all alone in the end zone with the football, lighting up the universe with that fabulous smile of his.

  48. By THEGPS on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    That is exactly how “great teams treat players” . That is one of the hardest things to do. MM and TT have to job of putting the best players on the field for any given week , and they are among the best at doing that.

  49. By john isenberg jr on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    as long as he play next week and the super bowl everyone will happy coach.

  50. By Barry on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Reason for Drivers not being active is VERY simple–Special teams..except for a VERY FEW starters like Rodgers..90% of players are expected to play on one of the 3 special teams. Donald did in first few years of his career but not is very ineffective. Driver is not our #1 WR. So now we would be suiting up a player that MAY play 1-2 plays a game, maybe ZERO and no special teams.Roster spots are do valuable and specail teams to important to have guys on sidelines not doing anything through whole game.

  51. By Eric on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Team comes first. Driver has his legacy. Do you actually think McCarthy wouldn’t play him if he was capable as the others. C’mon man!

  52. By Robert H. Hollenbeck on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    I have been a Packer fan since 1958 I was so unhappy the Packer’s would not have #80 active for maybe His last time to play at home!!!!!!!!

  53. By linda holtger on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Game’s not the same without that wide receiver DD s smile!

  54. By Chris Erdman on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Lets show Mccarthy, everyone wear 80 this week. Donald Driver is a top receiver and a true packer. Thanks Donald we miss you out there.

  55. By Packers! EH! on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Sit cobb! ross runs foward when he receives KO or Punt.
    cobb runs ahead 5 yds but runs back to 20yds to make something outta nothing!. when thats isnt always the better move.
    DD in cobbs position enough said
    cobb isnt needed in the RB position DD in cobb slot positon

  56. By Rusty Draper on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    The Packers need to find a way to show DD what he meant to the team. If they make it to the SB he should play Period .

  57. By todd on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Some of these comments are absolutely ridiculous. Donald Driver has been a great Packer. He “was” a very good if not great receiver. That is past tense. He is 37 years old. Just because he won DWTS (which I have never watched) doesn’t mean he is a viable receiver on a team loaded at that position. The object is to put your best 46 on the field. The object is to win the game. It is not to placate DD fans.

  58. By aj on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Hey why not let driver play quarterback or linebacker while were at it. Come on people get real. Driver is at best the 5th receiver. People saying that Driver should replace cobb or playing any other position than receiver are nuts. I love Driver just as much as anyone, but McCarthy is doing whats best for the team.

  59. By Mike on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    i have a feeling a lot of the negative talk about MM and TT, and uneducated love for DD as a receiver is from women and fans of dancing with the stars.
    it’s universal amunst packer fans that DD is a great guy and has done an incredible job – but now their are at least five receivers more productive than him. it’s packers coaching and management duty to put the best team on the field and be prepared for injury at all positions.
    enough with the “play DD or i’ll hate MM and TT”, etc. even driver wouldn’t agree with that lack of knowledge.

  60. By Rusty Draper on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    As far as DD retiring I still feel he could play on another roster. As long as it is not the NFC Div. I don’t have a problem with that . If that is what he wants , he will always be a Packer no matter what . If there is a team that wants a player that gives his all , has great leadership skills and has good work ethics and would be a great player and mentor . If he decide’s to retire well I wish him nothing but the best. I would love to see that dynamic smile of his go into broadcasting . Best Wish’s and Good Luck DD whatever you decide we love ya, thanks for all you have done, on and off the field .

  61. By Sam on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    All of you who are clamoring for DD to play cannot truly call yourselves Packers fans. Part of good coaching is putting the players who give you the best shot at winning on the field, and that’s precisely what McCarthy and his staff have done. It’s sad that Donald is no longer part of that group anymore — I love him as much as the next Packer fan — but the reality is that there’s no longer any place for him in our receiving corps

    Donald still has some gas left in the tank, and I’m sure there are many teams around the league that would welcome him with open arms (Bills, Panthers, Jaguars, Browns, Vikings, etc.), but our depth at WR makes it impossible to put him on the field. End of story.

  62. By Dale on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Donald Driver makes BIG catches in BIG games. Experience can overcome youth and speed. It’s not that he needs to be in on every play but if he is healthy he needs to be in the game and allowed to contribute. What Charles Woodson offers to the defense is what Donald Driver offers to the offense.

  63. By Apes on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Rob be a fan of the TEAM then, team comes first! Individuals make up the team, yes, but they are not the team. You probably are the same guy who was upset they let Farve walk, say they are over paid, dance too much, etc. things change my man… Gotta change with em or you just sound like a whiner!

  64. By Mike on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    actually, if the fans complaining about driver not playing were to coach the team driver would be the #1 receiving option with favre as the qb. same ones complaining about management when rodgers was given his shot (like our young receivers are getting)

  65. By Apes on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Get a clue man!!!! Out of sync??!?! Yeah they need a 37 year old to ‘revitalize’ the offense. I understand the emotional connection but the best 46 dress and those are the facts jack!

  66. By Sam on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    There is no shortage of big plays from our receivers, Dale; when our offense has been stagnant, it’s been largely due to inefficiency on 3rd-and-short, and giving up too many sacks.

    Another thing worth pointing out: Driver has 3 drops this year, and he’s only been targeted 13 times. He nearly had drops on back-to-back plays earlier this year (against Arizona, I think). Every receiver drops the ball occasionally (even Larry Fitzgerald, if incredibly infrequently). Stop acting like DD would make a huge difference if he got more opportunities.

    Again, I LOVE Donald Driver, but he’s on the bench for a reason right now.

  67. By Duane in mke on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    It is a shame they brought Driver back to decorate the sideline, or shall we say ‘Sittin with the Stars.’
    Since they brought him back, they should have given him every opportunity to play. If he showed he couldn’t, then so be it. But, next year Driver will be gone, there has been talk of not bringing back Finley because of his antics and Jennings because of the potential cost.
    Who does that leave us with. Yes we still have Nelson, Jones and Cobb, but after that we have only Boykin and Ross.
    There has been alot of talk as of late that all 5 receivers are now healty and back in the lineup so we can spread the field. Looks like we will need to do that with only 3 next year.
    Was handling Driver the way they did their way of preventing another Favre situation???

  68. By James Kopesky on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Emotional decisions are not normally the best decisions. It’s in our nature to question because we care so much. God love Donal Driver, but this was a decision based on what was best for the team. I will no longer question McCarthy after watching Shanahan’s totally indefensible handling of RGIII.

  69. By ron on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    at bryce, i actually think the OL next year will be fine, Bulaga will be back. Sherrod will be back ( I hope) and Barclay is doing a really good job menaing that bulaga could move to LT. So I think the OL will be fine next year.
    For the DD lovers, We are not hating DD.
    we understand you’re loyalty and wanting DD to continue on forever, I love DD and I remember many of his incredible catches. But, I am also realistic about his situation and for DD I believe its time to hang the cleats up after the season is over. Hope he’s able to suit up against seattle in the conference championship game so he can say farewell to the fans in uniform. If he’s inactive maybe the NFL will wave the protocal or rule and allow DD to dress.
    Hope he stays with the team as a WR coach. Edgar could move back to RB coach.

  70. By Sam on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Duane — even if DD retires, and we lose Finley and Jennings, we’re left with THREE top-tier receivers; don’t act like that’s a bad thing. There are very, very few teams who will be able to compete with that trio.

    Boykin and Ross have not seen many opportunities at all. They could very well develop into difference-makers once they have their chance to play (Ross has shown signs of great playmaking ability on special teams in the last two weeks, which could translate to success as a receiver). Even if they don’t, the Packers have always been great at developing young wide receivers, and that is made exponentially easier with a QB of Aaron’s caliber running the offense.

    With or without Driver, Finley and Jennings, our receiving corps will be strong for years.

  71. By chadro on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    DD WAS the man. He should be happy to get a ring this year, But Cobb is the future at WR. He can really do it all. When we let Jennings go as a FA, it will still leave us with Nelson, Jones, and my guy Cobb. That is a good core at WR to keep building from. # 80 I hate to say is old news. I can see Jennings going to Miami to reunite with Philbin, I would like to keep him, but I rather get an elite HB. Maybe trade up in the draft and get Montee Ball. That would be somthing.

  72. By northerner on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Great contrast how the Raven’s treated Ray Lewis knowing this was his last game compared to the Packer’s Coach who had Donald Driver standing on the sidelines not suited up watching probably his last game at Lambeau Field. Sad.

  73. By chadro on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    I agree Sam. Build from the draft like we always do. In the NFL you have to part ways with dudes that are still able to produce. Be a PACKER FAN, and have faith in TT, MM, and the team.A lot of haters when they let Favre go, look how that turned out. There is no other QB I rather have than Rodgers. Watching him and #4 in practice every week made it easier to move on with Rodgers.They made the right move then. I am confident that they will do so in the future, and the team will continue to get better.

  74. By Califonia Cheese on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Donald Driver is as important as Ray Lewis ( without all the hype… ) his last home game was yesterday, he even rode the bench inactive, where’s the big stories on this ? nah he don’t need all that, he’s above it… he’s a Green Bay Packer !

  75. By D'Anna Cox on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    This is a sad time for a lot of fans Donald. We got to see you with your family, and also really felt like we knew you after Dancing with the Stars. That made us all feel closer to you and your family. You made us really proud, as a Packer Player. You are a great player, A great family man and we all Love you and your family, God Bless DD


  76. By Shedly on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Bench Finley, play DD

  77. By Mike on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    sad time? packers just won a playoff game.
    go post on dancing with the stars site.

  78. By Katie on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Please play and KEEP Donald Driver. My family loves his electric smile! :) He is fun to watch and great for team moral. Such a positive guy who still has the moves.

  79. By Barlowmaker on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    The same folks who are whining about treatment of Driver are the same folks who were wining about the treatment of Al Harris, the treatment of Brett Favre, the treatment of Aaron Kampmann etc. etc. Driver is through – he can’t get open and can’t play special teams. He’s not one of the best 46 players on that roster any more so he doesn’t deserve a spot of the active game day roster.

  80. By Jeremy on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    The fans don’t seem to get it on this one. Yes, we all love Driver, any Packer fan would be hard pressed not to. That said, it’s the coach’s job to put the best 46 players into the game plan. This hasn’t just been this one week, its been all year long. Driver has been around and despite the injuries, he hasn’t done anything. That says something. The organization liked him enough to bring him back, so its not that they didn’t want him to hit the field. If he wasn’t DD, he probably would’ve been cut instead of merely being inactive. Think about it that way, and then tell me the organization is in the wrong on this one.

  81. By JonathanH on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    I understand Coach McCarthy’s difficulty in choosing 46 out of 53 healthy players. Donald Driver has proven himself as a extremely talented player not only throughout his history with the Packers, but recently as well. He has caught every catchable ball thrown his direction during the last couple seasons.

    It would be both honorable and beneficial to the team progress let Donald Driver finish his career in a Packers’ uniform on the field.

  82. By Julie Kreisman on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Hard place to be. But DDhas always given everything he has yo the Packers and fans. It would only be fitting to see him in the game. We love what you stand fir Donald

  83. By mike chittim on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Driver deserves to play out the rest of the season. He is always willing do do whatever is necessary dont leave him inactive

  84. By shannon on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Deactivate the 3rd string qb and suit up driver. If Aaron gets hurt and 2nd string qb Cobb can play qb. Let Donald finish the season and career as a Packer!

  85. By StephenR on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Dear Coach McCarthy, Donald Driver has proven time and time again that he can perform to the level of play required out of the Green Bay Packer organization. His presence on the field demands the respect of CB’s and Safeties all over the league. Suit him and place him in play, even if he doesn’t catch the ball, he will pull the more dominant defenders off Cobb, Nelson, Finley or Jennings. Wisconsin begs you to allow DD to “go out with a bang”. God Bless GO PACK GO!!!

  86. By Brittany Hageman on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    I love DD he is my favorite player of all time! I have been watching him since I was in Kindergarten, I don’t understand why the the best wide-receiver and one of the best Packers ever to be in green and gold is in his street clothes. I love you Donald Driver and I will be sad when he leaves. It will take me awhile to be able to watch a Packer game and not say throw it to Driver!

  87. By James Genett on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Mike remeber last years playoffs who was the only WR that caught every ball thrown to him? Hint it was Donald! Let the man play! He can catch the damn ball and is not afraid to do so in the middle. LET HIM PLAY!

  88. By randi on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Let DD play. He deserves it ,t least one more time.

  89. By wisco13 on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    I say play DD. He was good enough in the beginning of the season when you needed him, he’s still good enough now. He is a veteran who has the leadership skills needed on the field. I don’t see any of the other WRs at his level leadership wise yet. Deactivate the 3rd string QB. DD is one of the most consistent players in the league and it would be shameful to not play him. Don’t forget last year against the Giants when he was THE ONLY WR to catch every ball.

    I understand where McCarthy is coming from, but there is room to let him play at least one more game. Don’t push him out like this. The Packers are better than this!!

  90. By Peg on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    He has done so much for GB and the Packers. The least they can do for him is to let him be an active member of this team. He wants to retire as a Packer, let him retire going out in glory instead of letting him fade away.

  91. By Karen on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    There is no excuse good enough for not letting Donald play! He deserves the RESPECT of the Packer organization. He is a great player and NEEDS to be on the field. The fans WANT him to play! Come on McCarthy and Thompson, let Donald play! The fans have spoken!!!!!

  92. By Ann Mares on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Please let Donald play!!!!!!! He is a winner

  93. By Janine Hessler on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    PLAY Driver, the man busts his butt, takes pay cuts, obviously WANTS to be a PACKER, USE him, WE WANT DRIVER, WE WANT DRIVER, put him in action, he is a veteran player that deserves the honor and respect and WE WANT TO SEE HIM in action!!!

  94. By Janine Hessler on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Play him while we got him and he is still capable of making good plays, why waste a good thing, duh, pay him to just stand there, come on, lets get his rear on the field and see him in action.

  95. By Cole on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    I understand not playing him, but at least do something to show him our appreciation for all he’s done for the team and the community. Give him some positive recognition. He deserves it!

  96. By Lynn Jenkins on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    How very sad to see Donald Driver on the sideline of an important game dressed in street clothes! This man has given so much to the Packers over the years, and certainly can be counted on to HANG ONTO THE BALL. Unlike Mr. Findley, he is consistent and certainly this will be his last chance to dress and play in a Packer game.
    Please reconsider this decision Coach McCarthy. You have more talented depth in your receiver team than any other team in the league. How can you live with yourself. Difficult decision I know but some things just need to be done.

  97. By greenandgold1972 on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Hey, there is still a good chance for another GB home playoff game. He’ll suit up then

  98. By Troy Katzer on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Please play him. He is the most loyal packer the organization has ever seen play this man he deserves the opportunity to help the packers win another Super Bowl

  99. By JBBB on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    The Packers are owned by the fans…so listen to them! Activate DD!

  100. By Christine Rasmussen on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Packer Management!! PLEASE let Donald shine for the Packers for at least one more catch… he will be leaving with one final addition to his already amazing legacy! PLEASE?

  101. By Shane Farrell on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    LET HIM PLAY!!!!!!

  102. By Canadian Bill on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    This is all hilarious

  103. By SLG on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Donald Driver deserves to play based on his consistency and high ability. He has EARNED his spot on the roster. He is not slow or the least bit out of shape and can keep up with any oppenent. You save your best for when you need them most, and we need DD in there against the 49ers. Finely dropping balls will not fly against a team like the 49ers.

  104. By Laurie Strebe on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Let Donald Drive the Packers to the Superbowl! #80Luv

  105. By Al on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Show DD some love. He is a true player who deserves attention.

  106. By Kristi Zumach on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Donald Driver being inactive is disgraceful to the Packer organization. What does that tell the future leaders of this team when dedication and years of hard work lead, not only to being sidelined, but not even being aloud to dress for what could be your last games with the franchise you’ve helped build? Donald has not only dedicated himself to the Packers, he has dedicated his time and money to the community. He deserves better and so do his die hard fans who love to see him make the big plays.

  107. By Mary on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Let Donald play and lets hope for 1 more home game so we can show him our apprecitation for him.

  108. By Bryce on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Kristi, how is it disgraceful? Is it also disgraceful that we are continuing to let our young talent in the secondary (Burnett) make the defensive play calls over Woodson who has handled that responsibility through the duration of his time with Green Bay? It is disgraceful as a franchise and a business to pay and play players based on what they have done rather then for what they can offer. Many fans fail to realize, this is a BUSINESS. Super Bowls pay the bills and build onto the prestige.

  109. By Ed on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Who do you deactivate? DD doesn’t play special teams

  110. By Gwen on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    No where in this article does Mike McCarthy give a REASON that DD is not playing. DD earns a spot in any game by his record, and being the only Packers receiver to catch the ball in last years playoff game. Why he would ever be put behind those other receivers that missed balls and were the reason for our playoff loss is inexplicable. Because they are YOUNGER??? Great teams put their BEST men on the field. And Ray Lewis getting honored with DD on the sidelines-is a disgrace. I have always been proud to be a Packer fan. Right now I am ashamed and quite frankly disgusted. Nothing justifies the treatment DD is getting from the Packers.

  111. By Gomez on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Calm down folks. Before signing his current contract DD stated he wanted to play two more years and retire as a Green Bay Packer.

    Guess what? That contract is coming to an end very soon and Donald gets to retire as the most beloved Packer of them all. He’s going in style, and he IS going his way.

    These past two seasons Driver’s biggest role has been to mentor the younger recievers. What you see Nelson, Crabtree, Jones … doing this season is what they have been learning from, maybe, the greatest wide reciever in Packers history (on stats, character, commitment and loyalty).

    I say, to heck with Favre, Donald Driver’s # should be retired.

    We love you Donald

  112. By Karen on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    What’s age got to do with it? He plays like a 20 year old. He is a great player. Use him Mike.

  113. By Julie on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    Coach McCarthy, Please activate Donald Driver..!!!!!!! DD represents the heart and soul of the Green Bay Packers. He has dedicated his NFL career to the Packers and deserves to play. Let him in COACH….!!!!

  114. By Apes on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    Stop being a fan then… Switch to another team … We wouldn’t miss you at all!

  115. By Tyler Tutt on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    When he was playing he averaged less than 1 reception a game and 6 yards. I suppose you’ll blame Rodgers for that. You people give Packers fans a horrendous name….

  116. By Tyler Tutt on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    You need to get your head checked. Woodson is a first ballot HOF player. Driver will be a PHOF at most. Did you see Woodson get into the backfield and tackle AP for a loss? Maybe 3 people in our team have done that this year. What has Driver done that is comfortable? Ill say it again you guys are giving Packers a poor name.

  117. By jollier on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    I think that Donald still has “it”. I don’t think that Rodgers is very willing to throw to him and I can’t understand why. He still has great hands. I like Rodgers, but maybe he is hung up on the “age” or the fact that Donald was Brett’s go-to guy. We will see how Rodgers feels about things when he is that age. For now, I hope to see Driver playing this week and think that he can help. Playoff experience is important. I also wish Donald and his family good health and happiness in whatever this next year brings.

  118. By The Truth Hurts on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    You activate the best players to give you a chance to win that game. Period end of story. McCarthy obviously made the right decision as we kicked the ViQueens butt and the rookie he activated earned a game ball. I suppose the same people mad about this would have kept Favre instead of starting Rodgers!!

  119. By Rick P. on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    DD has been a great Packer and a better human being. Unfortunately, his time has come. Too many younger W.R ‘s. I just hope he retires a Packer and don’t make the same mistake Brett made. Go Pack Go !!!!!!!!!!!!

  120. By Cory on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    Driver has been a great player for the Packers for a long time. However, he does not play special teams and he doesn’t return punts. You can’t make a case to activate him and only have him play a handful of snaps. Hopefully he decides to hang it up this after this year because I’d love to see him retire as a Packers. Open your eyes people winning comes first.

  121. By AZ Packerfan on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    As a lifetime Packer Fan I must disagree with those who seem to think that both player and fan loyalty are not important. NFL may be a business but not to the fans. We are not fans of the business, we are fans of the game and the people who make up the game. So to not expect that true fans would be disappointed to see DD on the sidelines in possibly our last home game is ludicrous. Donald is who my AZ born kids have looked up to all these years as the face of the Packers. He deserves our respect and emotions. Go Pack Go!

  122. By Janine Hessler on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    Thank you, exactly what I think. If he is going to go out, he should be able to do it IN ALL IT”S GLORY, not just “oh there’s poor Driver sitting on the sidelines” and now he is retired. What a great player. Plaaaaeeeeese. Play him, everybody, especially someone as dedicated to the Packers as he has been DESERVES the right to finish in glory.

  123. By Stu dulek on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    It was sad watching the all time leader in receptions for the Green Bay Packers stand on the sidelines in a game that was decided before the fourth quarter. Just a shame. Packers need to do something to rectify this…maybe retire his number?

  124. By Rita Hibbard on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    Donald has earned the right to finish out the season and that means all the way to winning the Super Bowl!

  125. By Cheryl on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    If this might be Donald’s last season, then let him play at least a few times.

  126. By marlene h on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    I WAS a Packer Fan for Years { I am 70 ].I have not seen such disrespect for Footbal players as I have seen with the Great G B Packers..Not Great in my eyes anymore .Since Mc Carthy & TT, the Packers have gone downhill in my eyes & in many people my age ..The Packers are a Cookie Cutter team ..Not unique anymore ..Donald Driver is another casulty………………….

  127. By AZ Packerfan on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    Although I have always been and will remain a Packer Fan, I too feel like we no longer stand apart. What difference does it make that we are community owned if our actions are just like all the other teams. Based on most recent news post that both Nelson and Cobb didn’t practice today looks like we will see DD after all….maybe playing him last week would have kept Cobb and Nelson healthy while giving DD the respect he so deserves at Lambeau.

  128. By Oshkosh Fan on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    I think Donald Driver should play and retire after we win the Super Bowl. When he was on the field this year he did make some nice catches when the ball was thrown to him. First he needs to suite up, put into the game and finally have the ball thrown to him. Ted Thompson really would like to see him gone since he is the last of the players he took over. Dancing with the Stars proved fan loyalty and forced Ted to keep him one more year but did not force Ted to let Driver play. Whatever happened to the crossing route with Driver for the short yard 1st down?

  129. By Bob Calkins on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    I’ve got a picture of Donald Driver with his arm around my son’s shoulder and both grinning from ear to ear. His wide reciever’s coach was yelling at him to get inside for team meetings, but DD wanted to make sure that all of the fans that waited got an opportunity to get a photo first.

    I’m sure that you all have fond memories that are similar to this and we all think that # 80 is one of the most charismatic football player of all time. I too would like to thank him for his work and dedication to the Packers Organization and Packers Fans.

    Now that the emotional side of this issue has been resolved. The facts are that only 46 players can suit up for any given game. To be one of those 46 players, you need to be able to contribute in muliple areas or be an elite player like Rodgers or Matthews that give the Packers the best chance at winning the game.

    No Packers Fan that knows what DD has contributed to the Packers Organization wants to see him standing on the sidelines in street clothes, but the reality is that he jsut can’t contribute to the team the way he has in the past.

    I’m a diehard CHEESEHEAD and a loyal DD fan but it is time to allow the next generation of players to continue the proud heritage of being a Green Bay Packer.


  130. By ted6037 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    I have been a true and long time fan of DD….I believe he should be able to be activated to play his last year in the playoffs!….PLAY DONDALD DRIVER!!!!!

  131. By ted6037 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    Also give him the respect he deserves for what he has done for this organization by letting him PLAY!!!!

  132. By Nanimal79 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    I agree that this will be the last year we will see this receiving corp intact. DD will be gone (he essentially already is as invisible as he has been this season). Jennings’s market value will be down somewhat because of his limited game time this year but he is still considered the star of the show. James Jones’s breakout season was well timed for everyone involved. His productivity saved the offense when everyone else was injured and it made Jones VERY marketable for a trade. Prediction: GB re-signs Jennings and trades Jones to make room in the salary cap.

  133. By Barlowmaker on Jan 10, 2013 | Reply

    Dancing with the Stars dimwits.

  134. By paul on Jan 10, 2013 | Reply

    there is still a chance gb will have another home game
    a rematch with seattle would be fitting for the (CALL)

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