Should Jermichael Finley’s Chemistry Comments Cause Concern?

Jermichael Finley - Packers vs. Giants playoffs.

How big of an issue is chemistry for Finley?

One of the biggest disappointments during the 2011 season for the Green Bay Packers was the overall play of Jermichael Finley.  Even though he is coming off the best statistical season of his career (55 receptions, 767 yards and eight touchdowns), he was still expected to do much better.

On Wednesday, Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com reported on what Finley said following practice.  One thing that instantly caught my attention is when Finley states,

 ”I would say no offseason program. I couldn’t get the chemistry with the QB.”

This is a revealing comment because chemistry is arguably the most important thing between a quarterback and his receiver.  If the two aren’t on the same page, it’s unlikely that positive events will take place.

So, is this comment from Finley regarding his chemistry with Aaron Rodgers something to be concerned about?

Best-Case Scenario

The best case scenario is that Finley and Rodgers find their chemistry with a full offseason together and Finley puts up numbers similar to Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints or Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots.  Finley absolutely has the potential to become a truly special player in this league, but he has yet to fully tap into that potential.

If the reason for that has been chemistry, and that gets fixed, the sky is really the limit for him as a player.  With his ability to create mismatches on all levels of the field, Finley could instantly become the best tight end in the league.

When you consider that Finley had what many teams would consider a successful year lacking chemistry with his quarterback, it’s scary to think what he might do if chemistry between him and Rodgers starts to formulate.  Of course, chemistry has nothing to do with hands, but I’m assuming that Finley will also become more focused on the game in this best-case scenario.

Worst-Case Scenario

This is going to be a little scary.

The worst-case scenario for Finley is that there simply isn’t any chemistry between him and Rodgers and what we’ve seen for the past three years is exactly what we’ll get as far as production goes.  Is that something to be upset about?



Donald Driver: Packer for Life?

Packers WR Donald Driver

Donald Driver: Packer for life?

When Donald Driver tweeted that he’d be a “packer for life”, speculation around the Internet and Twitter grew rampant.  Did Driver just re-work his contract?  Had he been released and will be retiring at the end of the year?

Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk.com spoke to Driver’s agent, Jordan Woy, who stated that, “the Packers have always wanted Driver back.”

He went on to add,

“He has been busy with the DWTS show and the team knows that.  I discussed deal structure with the team a while ago and we will work out the details once Donald returns to Green Bay.”

This clearly doesn’t put an end to the questions surrounding Driver and Green Bay’s plan for him in 2012.  However, upon first glance, it definitely appears as if Driver could be back for another year with the Packers.

This is certainly a bit puzzling because of the depth at wide receiver that Green Bay is already blessed with.  Without Driver, the Packers still have Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, James Jones and youngsters like Dale Moss and Tori Gurley.  So, with all this younger talent, where does Driver exactly fit in?

The honest truth is that he doesn’t fit in, and unless Green Bay plans on making him a coach for the foreseeable future, using a roster spot on him seems like quite the waste.  We all have to say goodbye to the players we love at some point, and now is the time for Driver.