Here’s a great article on safety Atari Bigby who had a down 2008 after an exceptional 2007:
But he was battered. More so than anybody outside the Packers knew.
“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.”
“In some ways but you know what, I think if you know a player then you just trust that whoa, that’s not the same guy. You know what I mean?” Bigby said. “And the whole season last year, I mean from Game 1 on, that wasn’t me. But I try to be a team player and I stuck it out for them even through the pain. I wanted to show them that I was there for them.”
“I think we want to get Atari back to 2007 and that’s his goal,” said safeties coach Darren Perry, who tutored [Troy] Polamalu with the [Pittsburgh] Steelers. “He’s eager to get back out there, but he knows he has to be a little bit patient and not rush it. Our goal is to get him back to that form and get him comfortable in this system so he can go out and show what kind of player he’s going to be.”
It is an absolute necessity for Bigby to be back in 2007 form by the start of the season. The secondary was that much weaker without his physical play back there in 2008. He does have more competition in 2009, but that can only bring out the best in him. Until then, the Packers need him to develop for the 3-4 and get healthy so he can be the NFC North’s Polamalu.