Fighting The Ball

I wouldn't want to be in the film room with Jimmy Robinson this week.

The notorious perfectionist will see plenty to help instruct this week at practice, but here's hoping he splices together Donald Lee's drop in the end-zone and Donald Driver's drop on a free-play and has them on loop every morning when his receiving corps comes to work.

Both Donalds make the same mistake, and the funny thing is, it's something that gets drilled into receivers in Pop Warner football as one of the biggest fundamental mistakes they can make. (Indeed, I can still hear my dad telling me not to do this in the backyard)

Both receivers jump as the ball gets to them, for no reason whatsoever.

This is particularly noteworthy when you go back and look at Driver's drop last week when he does the same thing. There's no telling what has caused two seasoned veterans to revert to such fundamental mistakes, but the tape doesn't lie.

The guess here (and that's all it is, a guess) is that both players are desperate to show outsiders (fans, media, etc) that this Packers' team will be just fine without Favre. Rodgers' is their guy and they want to show how much they are behind him. All three drops are a classic case of a receiver "fighting the ball" and not "letting the game come to them". Both those quotes are cliches, but, of course, cliches become cliches because of their inherent truths.

Both Driver and Lee need to stop pressing and let the game come to them.

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