Driver: Packers' opener at 49ers 'the biggest game'
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It's been a long time since the Green Bay Packers have had a season-opening contest with this level of importance.
Former Packers receiver Donald Driver tells 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Afternoon News" that the opener Sunday at the San Francisco 49ers is big not just for that reason, but simply because it's the opening contest.
"Always the biggest game," said Driver, the team's all-time leading receiver.
"You get the nerves. You don't know what type of team you're going to have."
Driver said the Packers also want to know what kind of team the 49ers have when they take to the field and try and avenge their playoff loss last January.
That's partially why, Driver says, the Packers picked up two quarterbacks with experience in the 49ers system to back up Aaron Rodgers - Seneca Wallace and former Badger Scott Tolzien.
"There's always a strategy behind it," said Driver. "You see it all the time."
"That's the way it goes. Teams have done stuff like that many, many years."
Receivers have also had to adjust to different quarterbacks, as the Packers will with Wallace and Tolzien instead of B.J. Coleman, Graham Harrell, and Vince Young who were cleared out within a period of eight days.
But Driver says the receivers will adjust, and so will the QB's - especially Wallace.
"The thing is for Seneca, he's got an opportunity to learn the offense pretty well," said Driver.
"It's still the West Coast offense. Aaron will be able to teach him everything he needs to know."
"They always made the right decisions in everything they do."