Donald Driver Talks about Jennings, Rodgers
The Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers probably just want to play football and are tired of hearing what his former teammates have to say about him.
On Thursday morning on Mike and Mike on ESPN Radio, former Packers receiver Donald Driver offered his thoughts on the situation between Greg Jennings and Rodgers.
Driver talked about the comments Jennings made to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, when Jennings said Rodgers has to hold himself accountable when all he hears is positives.
In response, Driver said, “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.’ 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.”
Driver doesn’t know what happened between Rodgers and Jennings, or where it started. Driver said he didn’t see it last season or after the Packers season ended in January after an early playoff exit.
When it was all said and done, Driver knows Rodgers is a nice guy.
“He’s a nice guy. I think that’s what you have to respect. I played with him five years so I was able to experience everything he went through. I saw when he first got drafted, he came in with a chip on his shoulder in that draft, and it shouldn’t have been Alex Smith. That’s the way the guy is. I’ve always told Aaron, ‘Don’t forget where you come from because the people are the ones who put you on that pedestal. You didn’t put yourself there.’ I think that’s what we learning now. I’m not saying he’s a bad guy, I think he’s a great guy. I’m friends with Aaron.”