Bigby Better Be Better

Following on the heels of Greg Bedard's piece on Atari Bigby comes an article on the same subject from Tom Pelissero. The general gist of both? Bigby was hurt much worse than he or the Packers (specifically the Packers) let on last season. Bigby talks of not being able to walk across the room in his home without pain, much less the sideline. 

Donald's Designated Driver has been on the case as far as the Packers' treatment of the injury report. I think there's a lot of smoke there, but not without a little fire. I think what this really points out is how desperately short of quality depth the Packers found themselves last season at the safety position. Not only did it force them to make the egregious mistake of moving Woodson to safety but they kept a severely injured Bigby on the field even though they knew he wasn't in any shape to play. Obviously, after the horrific showing Peprah had in Week Three against the Cowboys, there was just no way they were going to put him back on the field, no matter how badly Bigby or Rouse played.

Going forward, I think Bigby will thrive in Capers' scheme. I'm not sure he'll quite be  the  "Packers Polamalu", but I think he'll really surprise Packer fans this year.

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Shootz's picture

June 03, 2009 at 11:25 am

My impression of Bigby during 07 was that (after he got a bit of shakedown and stopped giving away penalties for late hits and kicking the ball into the stands) he was a big hitter who was not afraid to put his body in the line and who made up for not being an elite safety by trying to be everywhere the ball was, which is almost as good in my opinion. The interviews with him this offseason have done nothing but indicate that's exactly where he's trying to get back to and if he can forget about 08 and build on 07 we could have a serious football player back there in our revamped secondary. Collins may want to rethink how petulant he wants to be over his contract talks if Bigby's back near 100%, if Anthony Smith is any good at all and with the word coming down that free safety and strong safety are interchangable in the Packers' 3-4.

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PackerAaron's picture

June 03, 2009 at 11:40 am

Shootz - couldn't agree more. I think every day Collins is out Smith takes another step towards opening up the spot to competition...a competition he would most likely lose given the time he's missing.

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bomdad's picture

June 03, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Bigby's success, like always, will be with someone telling him where he needs to be. So Collins decision making will play a big role. Kinda scary.

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PackerAaron's picture

June 03, 2009 at 12:46 pm

That could be Smith making those calls. You know, the one who's played in this type of system his entire NFL career and who has been there every day of OTAs. ;)

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IPBprez's picture

June 04, 2009 at 03:38 pm

Interesting article. Quote:
"You guys don't even know how bad it was," Bigby said. "But it was something serious. But I wasn't at liberty to explain it."
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This (actually) doesn't surprise me.
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Awhile back, when I essentially picked up the threads of IPB out of the gutter where many had let it drift, we worked directly with one of the local Charity Foundations that supported many Packer & Colt players. The girl who was in charge of it, used to be on a local Radio Show for the Colts, with Mike Prior before Mike became a part of the SB31 Packer Team. She used to work directly with Sharper. I would tell you her name, but I better not.... When the IPB Club gave to Charity in 2004, to Riley Hospital for Kids, it was thru her.
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The gist of it was that a certain Colt player (forget the name now) had injured (actually, broken, I believe) his arm, right in the middle of the 2003 season. He was TOLD to not leave the NipperDome for any reason whatsoever. He was ordered to always be escorted even on the ride home. He had Doctor's orders to keep his sling on, at all times. Obviously - this didn't happen. And, this player was caught out in public quite a few times, without any escort, no sling - basically breaking all rules and spitting on all orders.
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The kicker? The Sporting Press (local & national) was in on the coverup. If you weren't already an insider to the Colts personnel groups, then you probably had no idea, even if this player were to walk right by you. THE PRESS went out of their way to SHUT UP. Not a word was printed up anywhere. TRUE STORY!
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So, in this Bigby case, I'm sure at least the local Packer Press were quite well aware. Certainly, they had their suspicions and aren't nearly as stoopid on sports injuries as some might want to say.
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I like the fact that Bigby is all juiced (?) up about making '09 ...HIS year. Building on '07 is exactly the right mental attitude. I'd like to be using the machihne hear him in the workout room as he & Redding work to finish the healing process. You have to know Coach Perry can't wait to get HIS hands on Bigby. Tell me I'm wrong!

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