I know I’m a few days late to this party, but you got to love Mike Daniels‘ fighting words about the Green Bay Packers defense. Last season, Daniels was an effective player on a not-so-effective defense. He was clearly one of the fiercest players while linebacker Clay Matthews was out. Daniels recorded 6-1/2 sacks last season and he has been adamant about his fellow teammates following his lead.
In a story done by Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel, Mike Daniels stated that, “If something has to be said, I’m going to say it … If somebody has a problem with it, we’re grown men. We play a violent game. We get paid to be violent. So why not? If you deck somebody in the locker room because you have a disagreement, there’s not going to be any sensitivity training.”
Daniels also said he was “tired of getting our face punched in by other teams.”
The Green Bay Packers lack a mean-streak on defense. Opposing teams have grown accustomed to a soft lackluster defense by the Packers and Daniels is out to fix this.
Daniels’ voice is exactly the motivation that the Packers need going into this season. “I think that’s been our biggest problem on defense,” Daniels spoke of a lack of meanness on defense. “So I’m personally going to really get the best out of everybody. I don’t care if I have to hit somebody before we get on the field.”
Well said, Mike Daniels.
I, too, would hit someone before I sit down to watch the Packers on Sundays if I knew it would get everyone pumped up and mean. I don’t care if it’s my neighbor who’s a Vikings fan, the old lady down the street, or the bag boy at the grocery store. I will hit someone if the Packers’ defense doesn’t show up.
It’s a fact. The Packers defense needs to be meaner and Mike Daniels is a leader who can relay that message and back it up on the field.
Let’s hope everyone is listening.