Green Bay Packers defensive end Mike Daniels has taken on a leadership role on defense and he hasn’t been shy about what he expects. He expects the Packers’ defenders to hit the opposition in the mouth and we love him for that.
After the season ended, Daniels suggested the Packers defense was too nice. This came immediately after the Packers re-upped Letroy Guion, who apparently fits Daniels’ preferred mold of “not nice.”
On Tuesday night, Daniels again railed on the pleasant nature of the Packers defense.
“You can’t win Super Bowls having a bunch of nice guys on defense,” Daniels said. “Look at New England, look at Denver, look at Seattle, look at Baltimore. Those are the defenses that are at the top of the NFL. You can’t win with a bunch of pacifists on defense. It. Does. Not. Work.
“We need guys who are going to get after people.”
He then went on to name a few guys who he believes fall into that category.
He listed defensive backs Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins.
“That’s what we have to do. Keep bringing in kids with that mentality,” Daniels said. “I’m just excited for the guys and I think with my elevated leadership role, I have more people who are going to follow my lead in terms of, ‘Let’s go out there and start a riot.'”
You can obviously see who Daniels hasn’t named.
Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Morgan Burnett, among others.
We only single out those guys because, at one time or another, the higher-ups in the organization thought they were leaders. This isn’t to suggest those three guys do not possess leadership qualities, but they certainly don’t bring it like Mike Daniels.
Because let’s be honest here. The Packers defense has long lacked that fire that Daniels brings.
They had it with Charles Woodson. They’ve rarely had it otherwise.
It appears they now recognize they need to do something about it.