The Nov. 16 edition of One on One, has packers.com editor Vic Ketchman interviewing Packers defensive end Mike Daniels. The conversation dealt with things from Daniels overcoming his height “disadvantage” to the fact that he is leading the team in sacks.
Toward the beginning of the article, Ketchman asks how he approaches the game, if he uses strength or quickness more. Daniels’ answer was exactly what you would expect after watching him play. He replied:
Relentlessness, so it would be a combination of quickness and strength. Every attribute that you can think of that you would want to play with is something I try to apply to my game. I just think when you play with a motor or relentlessness, a never bending or breaking will, then eventually you’ll break someone else’s will.
This is the attitude that you would expect from a player who has been overlooked his entire career. One of the reasons that Daniels has been overlooked is because of his height. Daniels is listed at six feet tall, and believes that his height is both a gift and a curse. He says that his height may have cost him draft status, but he is thankful for it, telling Ketchman:
Honestly, if anything, I feel as though I gained a lot because the thing it cost me I feel has driven me to work even harder. I’m happy with how things happened. I’m grateful for being six-foot because, like I said, it definitely has its advantages and already gives me a chip on my shoulder.
That being said, hopefully some of Daniels’ relentlessness will rub off on the rest of the defense this week in practice as the team prepares to take on the best running back in the league in Adrian Peterson.
The Packers who haven’t had a losing streak of more than three games since the 2008 season, will need to beat the Vikings to avoid losing four straight and falling to 5-6 on the season.