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Donald Driver issues thumbs down on Bears' wideouts

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver knows what an effective receiving corps is supposed to look like: dangerous, consistent and productive.

In a blunt comment that’s certain to become bulletin-board material in the Chicago Bears’ locker room, Driver gave a candid assessment of the Bears’ receivers during an interview with NFL Sirius Radio, per Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

“I think Chicago did a great job, and Lovie Smith went out there and got Jay Cutler to lead this team, but one thing they don’t have is they don’t have the receiver group,” Driver said. “They have the running back, they have the offensive line and they have a great defense.

“But you’re going to have to need receivers to make plays down the field, and they don’t have that right now.”

It’s hard to argue with Driver’s scouting report.

With the exception of speedy Devin Hester, there’s no potential impact presence outside in Chicago

Meanwhile, Driver weighed in on former Packers quarterback Brett Favre. 

“Minnesota has a great running game, but they just don’t have the top-of-the-line quarterback that they need,” Driver said. “So, I’m hoping my guy doesn’t go over there, but if he does then I wish the best for him.”

Driver said he has remained in contact with Favre.

Unlike several other NFL players that have grown weary of the drama surrounding Favre, Driver was supportive of his former quarterback and said that Favre’s reputation in Green Bay is undamaged as far as he’s concerned.

“When we talk we just talk about how his arm is feeling and how’s the family,” Driver said. “My own opinion is that his legacy is not going to be tarnished by anything. He’s still going to be able to retire as a Green Bay Packer.

“I don’t think anyone else will ever wear the No. 4 jersey in Green Bay ever again. It would not hurt him.”

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33 Responses to “Donald Driver issues thumbs down on Bears' wideouts”
  1. certaincoachditka says: Jul 16, 2009 10:09 PM

    Given, there are no 1st round WRs in Chicago. But I don’t think Donald Driver of all people, 7th round pick, should talk down young, under-appreciated receivers.

  2. PurpleNGold says: Jul 16, 2009 10:15 PM

    proven quarterback
    too much money to refuse
    retires on three teams

  3. Bob Nelson says: Jul 16, 2009 10:18 PM

    Could be an advertizement for Donald Driver’s services in the future.
    There Bears have gotten better this offseason. But it is difficult to address everything in one offseason.
    There is still time before the season begins.

  4. riverrat says: Jul 16, 2009 10:25 PM

    Donald,
    Don’t give the bears this type of motivation. As for Farve, if he joins the Vikings, I feel the Packers should give his number out to a rookie in training camp. As for putting his name on the ring of honor in the stadium at lambeau, he should never get his name up there either if he chooses the Vikings. He has a choice, stay retired!

  5. myasylum says: Jul 16, 2009 10:35 PM

    Driver RULES!!!
    Possible the most under rated receiver ever, it’s to bad Jennings get all the credit.

  6. mvlonergan says: Jul 16, 2009 10:38 PM

    With the exception of Devin Hester? With the exception of Devin Hester?! The guy had 51 receptions for 665 yards. Those are WR2 numbers at best, and even that’s being forgiving. Donnie Avery was more productive as a receiver than Hester. Michael Jenkins put up 110 more yards on one less reception. Undrafted rookie Davone Bess had more receptions and only three fewer receiving yards per game. Isaac Bruce and Marvin Harrison outproduced Hester. Heck, Matt freakin’ Jones had a better 2008 season. Calling Devin Hester an impact presence is a joke. The guy is NOT a receiver.

  7. Beer With Donuts says: Jul 16, 2009 10:47 PM

    Don’t worry Donald. This is the year Hester is going to break through. It must be true because we’ve been hearing it for a couple of years now, and the pundits are never wrong, right?
    I like Chicago, and I like their football tradition, but they need to go out and grab a WR or two to stretch their passing game past 15 yards. I know, I know, Hester can do that, but when your leading receiver can’t break 700 yards, it’s time to put the word ‘situational’ in front of their name.
    Sorry Devin, but you’re just putting up Justin Gage numbers.

  8. canamac86 says: Jul 16, 2009 10:54 PM

    Even calling Hester an “impact presence” is a bit of a stretch. I think Chicago has been making a mistake in switching him to offense. His TD production has gone way down as he has taken on less of the return duties. Better off keeping him where he can be productive.
    Side note, Driver is a class act just like his teammate, Jennings. Make me proud to be a fan! Go pack!

  9. benniehifive says: Jul 17, 2009 12:57 AM

    the term was “potential impact presence” and given Hester’s speed, he has the potential, and at the very least can take a cornerback and a safety out of a play by simply running a fly route, so yes, I would say he can pose something of a threat. as for Favre…maybe riverrat can tell me why somebody else should be wearing his jersey, let alone a rookie? sorry if he’s hurt your precious armchair quarterback feelings by wanting to play and finding a perfect suitor in one of our rivals…indeed, let’s forget the 16 seasons he gave to the packers, the 14 winning seasons, super bowl appearances, nfc north/central titles, passing records, consecutive start records, mvp records, and whatever else I’m missing here. again, let me apologize to you on behalf of Favre for letting you down…I’m certain that Aaron Rodgers will be twice the quarterback for the Pack that Favre was.

  10. Rasputin says: Jul 17, 2009 1:59 AM

    If Favre comes into Lambeau as a Viking and beats the Packers, then “I don’t think anyone else will ever wear the No. 4 jersey in Green Bay ever again” either.

  11. cliffcla says: Jul 17, 2009 2:29 AM

    I think the Bears have decent receivers. Maybe not a top tier one, But what they have works. What they have not had is a QB to throw them the ball. Now they have the arm, the question is how well will the line protect him. Kreutz is still solid but getting long in the tooth. Both Minnesota and the Packers have solid D’s. I also would consider Bears D Suspect depending on the health of Urlacher’s Back. We will see I think Driver may be eating his words by the end of the year though…………

  12. Cope says: Jul 17, 2009 2:38 AM

    After what Cutler did for Eddie Royal, expect good things from Earl Bennett. Everyone knew who Cut was throwing to his senior year at Vanderbilt, but Bennett still set records. Cutler to Bennett will be successful in the NFL.

  13. JimmySmith says: Jul 17, 2009 6:13 AM

    As a general rule of thumb, current NFL players should avoid giving scouting reports on their divisional rivals….period.
    As for Favre, he is banking on everyone in Wisconsin to forgive him for playing for the Biqueens but if the Packers were smart, they will simply postpone any honors until the Favre begins his permanent dirt nap.

  14. Fan_Of_ Four says: Jul 17, 2009 8:07 AM

    To the Idiots who think Brett should not be honored in Green Bay I must remind you that one of the statues out front of the Atrium is a man who went on and Coached another Team. Grow up for already, he’s a football player who wants to play Football, get over your whiny a$$ self. Packer fans are such children.

  15. aamys1 says: Jul 17, 2009 8:53 AM

    Don’t we have a back up kicker we could give #4 this season? Driver, there are 53 of you that say his legicy is untarnished, but there is a vast PackerNation that says otherwise…

  16. bakler5 says: Jul 17, 2009 9:20 AM

    To the idiot who is comparing the Redskins to the Vikings, get a f-ing clue. Not even close to the same situation, what-so-ever. You must be a Vikings fan if you are that stupid.

  17. bgaima01 says: Jul 17, 2009 9:22 AM

    Isn’t Donald Driver like 40 and on a team that was 6-10 last year? The Bears have the same WRs as last year and were 9-7 then

  18. green&bold says: Jul 17, 2009 9:27 AM

    As a packer fan I could care less that Brett plays for the vikings. He’s not going to play for the packers so he can play wherever he wants. I get why people are mad but I think it has to do with reality crashing down around them. People in WI all believed that Brett was just like them and one of their own…..Probably believed if they ran into him at a bar he would have a drink with em. Just have to learn to deal with the fact that people didn’t know him like they thought they did.

  19. empty13 says: Jul 17, 2009 9:32 AM

    http://www.judasfavre.com

  20. EricEmpire says: Jul 17, 2009 9:35 AM

    So the guy that has Brett Favre to thank for his career thinks a QB can’t make the receivers better?
    Duly Noted.

  21. GoUPackers says: Jul 17, 2009 9:59 AM

    I think Favre and Driver are deluded if they think that Favre’s reputation and legacy have not been impacted already — and the man hasn’t even put on the Vikings helmet yet. There are countless Facebook groups (e.g., “Favre is Dead to Me”), reports of people taking down and even burning their Favre memorabilia, and examples of fans marketing T-shirts blasting Favre (e.g., “Judas Favre”).
    This sentiment would increase several fold if the Waffling One signs on the dotted line.
    When it is unusual in today’s NFL for players to stay on the same team their entire careers, they don’t understand that fans do stay on the same team, and rivalries are important. The Minnesota Vikings are an intense rival of the Packers, one of the better rivalries in the league. Anyone in the purple jersey is an enemy, including the greatest Packer of all time.

  22. charges_pending says: Jul 17, 2009 10:00 AM

    I love it that every bears fan thinks that Devin Hester is going to save this teams offense. Listen. Devin Hester is a return “specialist” and nothing else. How many recent kick returners have made anything better than a third wide receiver? Look at Desmond Howard or Dante Hall. 2 guys who came into the NFL playing wide receiver. How did they do playing wide receiver in the league? Not worth a damn. If they werent good at returning the football they wouldnt have made it past there first contract.

  23. gobearsgo says: Jul 17, 2009 10:01 AM

    FWIW, watch game tape from last year and Hester had no less then 12 times when he was open past the last defender and the pass didn’t get to him. Improve the QB, improve the WR.
    He also caught 25 passes in the last six games, which is even more impressive considering how badly Orton struggled down the stretch (after the ankle injury). Extrapolate out his stats from the last six games, and he’s pushing 1000 yards for the season. I would think that certainly qualifies as a “potential impact presence.”
    The rest? Completely unproven. Woefully unproven. Hopefully they get good reps in training camp/preseason and are ready for Lambeau week one.

  24. purpleguy says: Jul 17, 2009 10:27 AM

    Driver’s comments are correct, although I can’t imagine McCarthy is too enthused, since he prefers his players to exhibit the interview enthusiasm and candidness of a day-old cheese curd. As punishment, Driver will probably now have to pick up McCarthy’s donuts and pizza before each training camp practice.

  25. cheddar is beddar says: Jul 17, 2009 10:36 AM

    Where are all the Viking knob-slobs who love to call out candid, honest remarks from current Packers as “PR driven” regarding Favre? So DD says that he doesn’t want Favre to go, but wishes him the best, and do they think that the Pack’s PR department contrived that one too?

  26. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jul 17, 2009 10:54 AM

    # Fan_Of_ Four says: July 17, 2009 8:07 AM
    To the Idiots who think Brett should not be honored in Green Bay I must remind you that one of the statues out front of the Atrium is a man who went on and Coached another Team. Grow up for already, he’s a football player who wants to play Football, get over your whiny a$$ self. Packer fans are such children.
    —————————-
    That is such an ignorant and stupid post, like most of your are that I’ve read. To even compare the two just shows your unwavering blind love for your hero. Did Favre even autograph your knee pads??
    Lombardi retired as the coach in Green Bay, handed over the reigns to a new coach but stayed on as the GM. After one season, he THEN decided he wanted to coach, but didn’t try to rock the boat and demand his old job back. (Hmmmm….sound familiar???)
    He also didn’t lie, call everyone else liars only to have his own agent accidentally confirm that his client was lying when he was flapping his jaws. Oh and let’s not forget, Lombardi didn’t go coach the Bears to “stick it to” his old team for not letting him take back his job after he retired from it and a successor was already in place.
    To even compare the two shows how ignorant and really stupid you are in trying to defend what is obviously your only hero. I suggest cuddling up with those knee pads and trying to relive old memories.

  27. Snarky Snide Sniper says: Jul 17, 2009 11:01 AM

    Christ, we finally get a rare Bears story and it has to be hijacked and sullied by all the Favre-sh1t…
    “The Bears have no WR’s” say all the dumb parrots who simply echo whatever the media is saying.
    There’s a difference between not having one big name #1 WR and not having ANY wide receivers.
    Everyone seems to forget–the Bears have one of the league’s BEST tight end tandems in the league (Olsen & Clark), which has combined for over 100 catches last season (and with sh1tty-to-mediocre QB play).
    And it was actually Forte who LED their team in receptions last year.
    Now, about Hester–he’s primed for a stellar year, his 3rd, the traditional break out year. He knows the playbook now, has the experience, and FINALLY has a QB to get him the ball deep.
    I expect no less than 1000 yds from him this season.
    Plus, he’s heard 9850670578604987690578 times this off-season that “the Bears have no receivers…Hester’s not a #1…who will Cutler throw to?” etc.
    You don’t think all that adds up to an ENORMOUS chip on his shoulder, one that will translate into his performance on the field?
    Hester’s numbers have doubled each year at the position, and he’s continually improved, including a hot streak in the final 5 games last year–until he STOPS improving at the position, I think he’s earned the benefit of the doubt.
    So now consider:
    Hester
    Forte/Jones
    Olsen & Clark
    Bennett (who Cutler has rapport with, and who is in his second year so knows the position)
    Then the young unproven (but promising) talent– Knox, specifically, who’s a burner, and Iglesias, who might be a solid possession guy.
    Consider also that their offense was able to at least get some points on the board with Kyle freakin’ Orton at the helm (someone was scoring enough to win 9 games last year, and it wasn’t ALL defense and special teams)…but NOW? With CUTLER and some upgrades?!?
    Look out.
    Just because the Bears don’t have some big name primadonna stud WR doesn’t mean they don’t have PLENTY of weapons.
    Don’t be shocked if they have at least 2 offensive players on the Pro Bowl by year’s end…and not linemen, either.

  28. bears4ever says: Jul 17, 2009 12:56 PM

    # riverrat says: July 16, 2009 10:25 PM
    Donald,
    Don’t give the bears this type of motivation. As for Farve, if he joins the Vikings, I feel the Packers should give his number out to a rookie in training camp. As for putting his name on the ring of honor in the stadium at lambeau, he should never get his name up there either if he chooses the Vikings. He has a choice, stay retired!
    ————————————————-
    dude u r an idiot!!!!! one thing that a lot of people dont realize is that vince lombardi didnt retire a packer!!!!! he spent his last season with the red skins!!!!!!
    would everyone please please please get off the favre wagon?!!!!!
    oh by the way u spelled favre wrong dumb ass!!!

  29. sweetness says: Jul 17, 2009 2:45 PM

    “I love it that every bears fan thinks that Devin Hester is going to save this teams offense. Listen. Devin Hester is a return “specialist” and nothing else. How many recent kick returners have made anything better than a third wide receiver? Look at Desmond Howard or Dante Hall. 2 guys who came into the NFL playing wide receiver. How did they do playing wide receiver in the league? Not worth a damn. If they werent good at returning the football they wouldnt have made it past there first contract. ”
    charges_pending….. Let me just point out that you’re an idiot… Do the names Deion Sanders or Steve Smith ring a bell? Now I’m not necessarily stating Devin Hester will have as great of a career as either of those two, but I want to point out that they BOTH started out their careers returning kicks!!! And btw, Jay, Cutler is going to save this teams offense! ;-)

  30. im4purple2 says: Jul 17, 2009 4:14 PM

    dear whatthehellisgoingonoutthere, you are as stupid as your mama is. Why do insignificant little worms like you come on her all filled with anger over Brett Favre and what he does with his life. You poor deranged fool! You need to get off the computer, get out of your mama’s basement and get a job. That would be a start. Being a 40 year old virgin would make me angry too, but you have to snap out of it and worry about how f’d up your life is before you take shots at someone who made a difference with his. Your kneepads joke was really funny. At least to my 2nd grade son. Favre rocks whatever color his shirt is and you suck no matter what!!!!! People like you make a great arguement for abortion rights!!

  31. J.Cannon says: Jul 17, 2009 4:24 PM

    All Driver did was tell the truth. The Bears do not have any good wide recievers on their current roster. They had a running back lead the team in receptions last year with 63. Thats not indicative of a team with good wide outs. Bears homers can slice it anyway they want and say well we have this guy and that guy and if this than that. Shut up. Look at the facts. On the positive side the Bears have made some good free agency moves by bringing in Tiniasamoa (too lazy to look that one up) and Orlando Pace and the trade for Cutler was big and should lead to an increase in production from Olsen and Hester. But bottom line is Cutler he has no proven wide outs to throw too. Donald Driver was correct deal with it.

  32. chi-luv says: Jul 17, 2009 7:08 PM

    as a die hard bear fan, I hate to admit it but driver u r
    right. d hester is not , i repeat is not a reciever
    a great return guy, but sucks as a reciever
    why?? please answer someone! would u fix something
    that’s not broken!! hester is the best return guy in the business. now he’s just avg joe on the field,
    management always stick their finger up their butt
    trying to save a buck

  33. Philtration says: Jul 17, 2009 9:02 PM

    So says the one time 7th round pick who plays for the 6-10 Packers.
    How have the Packers done against the Kyle Orton/Rex Grossman lead Bears the last 5 years Donald?
    I think that you have other things to worry about instead of the Bears receivers.

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