Mike Daniels is one of if not the best defensive player on the Green Bay Packers and that wasn’t handed to him.
He didn’t have the prototypical size or freakish athletic ability. He worked his ass off to become good. That’s how he’s known on the field — plays hard, high motor, disruptive.
So it’s not surprising he’s about football 24/7, as he told Ryan Wood on Friday.
Mike Daniels: "There's no magic button you can push on gameday. There's no Harry Potter spell you can cast. You have to be turned on 24/7."
— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) January 7, 2016
While you’re probably amused by the Harry Potter reference there, what’s not amusing is you could also read that as “there are some guys who aren’t turned on 24/7.”
Honestly, that would also come as no surprise.
This is a Green Bay Packers football team that had to have a talk about playing video games earlier in the season.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has spoken about preparation — and the lack thereof by some of his teammates — multiple times.
Was this a subtle reminder by Daniels to those guys on the eve of the playoffs?
We’ll probably have a good idea come Sunday.
Adams…he’s culprit right there…him and Lacy.
I watched that special on billecheck and he had a team that year that was insane done. It’s not really surprising that there is a lull after a year like last year. What I don’t understand is how a guy can go from top in the off-season to a total slouch during the season. Not to mention why eliminate a value cog in the coaching like receivers coach Edgar Bennet. Makes no sense to me after all he developed since he started. Imo Daniel’s is just telling it like it is were not that close to any breakthrough.
This starts with more than the Packers. The beating NFL players take is unbelievable so it is hard to criticize the Players association for wanting to reduce practice times, the amount of padded practices, etc. The fact is most players are now in a league that says football is not all important, you should not practice as many hours, you should not hit as much, you have a life after football, you will make a very good living without as much effort.
I like guys like Daniels who realize it is the hard work, time, and blood that they put into football that will earn them and their family the life style they want. Daniels knows football comes first everything after that is the reward. Not all are like Daniels and I do not believe the new restrictions on NFL teams practice times, and padded practices will cultivate more Daniels, in fact it will cultivate more businessmen not football players.
First it is less off season team practices, then it is less training camp padded practices, then less padded practices during the season. Next thing you know you have multiple players believing preseason is a waste of time. No need to take risks in those practice games. The regular season is a nuisance to play. Hell why put out a full effort all the time when you could get hurt, or wear your body down. All you need to do is make the playoffs, then you can turn on that switch. Before you know it the only game that you will see be played at full speed is the super bowl, but shit what does that matter because win or lose you got there,and now you can be in those commercials and media events that are so critical to your football career.
Do not change Mike, the NFL needs more football players with your attitude, otherwise we will be seeing games with guys in business suits and filming commercials during the commercial breaks.
looks like all four AFC SB candidates remaining have been in a SB vs the Pack before!
if the pack can get to Carolina next week, they’ve got a great shot to get to SB fifty – which would be their fiftieth reunion SB vs a previous SB opponent that is 75% chance that they’ve lost to the Pack previously!
a great way to celebrate our 50th reunion SB!!