Making the case for a Donald Driver return … as a coach

Feb. 6, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Would Donald Driver make a good coach? Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Each and every Packers fan holds a special place in their hearts for Donald Driver.

How can you not like the guy? Always smiling, always laughing, even when he was playing much less last year he was always in high spirits.

Every interview, every touchdown, you just get the sense that he is a genuinely nice person. But with the recent talk of him being open to returning if Ted Thompson came calling (highly unlikely) it got me thinking, why not as a coach?

For starters, how many former players are currently becoming coaches? Whether it be a specific position or overall team coach, former players coaching seems to be an up-and-coming trend that more and more teams are utilizing. Driver always seemed as one of the most approachable people, both on AND off the field.

While his experience speaks for itself over the course of his 14 year career, I could see him quickly becoming a player favorite. While Mike McCarthy already has a receivers coach in Edgar Bennett, why not ease Driver into something along the lines of player development? Ultimately I just think bringing him aboard would contribute to the greater good of the team.

Over the span of 14 seasons, we’ve seen just about everything from Driver and then some. Just when we thought we had seen it all, he goes and rattles off one of the most spectacular touchdown catches ever two years ago against San Francisco.

Experience would be the one feature that would benefit the organization if they were to make such a move. There probably isn’t much Driver hasn’t seen or done. He would be able to relate to anything that might come up with players on the current roster. One can only assume Edgar Bennett draws on many of his past experiences on the field to help him coach and there is no reason to think Driver can’t do the same.

Could Donald Driver become a successful coach in the NFL?

What do you think, Packers fans?

Topics: Donald Driver, Edgar Bennett, Green Bay Packers, Mike McCarthy

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  • Taryn Miller

    In time perhaps,but to bring him in on any level while he still,even if to a lesser degree,offers a desire to play would be detrimental to both him as a possible future coach and the team at this juncture.
    Players play and Coaches coach and the player needs to be fully removed from any urge or thinking he may yet be able to do so…Driver isn’t quite there.