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Mike Daniels Sets the Tone at Training Camp

Green Bay Packers’ fifth-year defensive tackle Mike Daniels is not resting on his laurels.

First it was first-round pick Kenny Clark who got a tongue lashing from Daniels in Wednesday’s practice. Tackle Don Barckley felt the force of Daniels’ wrath on Thursday, getting punched in the helmet soon after the team’s first full-pads practice was underway.

Daniels’ rise to the top of his profession is proceeding nicely. He is clearly not satisfied with being ranked No. 95 on the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2016 list.

A fourth-round draft choice in 2012, his tackles over the past three years have risen from 28 to 47 to 49 in 2015. Daniels has also notched 16 sacks in that time.

For both his leadership and strong play, the Packers awarded Daniels with a lucrative contract extension before the end of last season. The four-year deal was for $42 million, and it came with a $12 million signing bonus.

The trash-talking, bull-rushing, disruptive overachiever plays with aggression and physicality, and he wants his teammates to do the same.

All offseason Daniels talked about the need for the defense to play nasty.

This week Daniels has been practicing what he preaches.

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  1. Big Gay Clay July 28, 2016

    Daniels is crazy as fuck. “Don’t run in my hole again” is what he says to Adrian Penison

  2. Jake July 28, 2016

    These redirects are getting ridiculous. I gave up on the article below this one after four of em. I realize y’all gotta pay the bills, but at what cost? That said, I like that Daniels is smacking around ol’ campbody Barclay.

    1. PF4L July 28, 2016

      Hey hey hey now!! Don Barclay isn’t a camp body, he’s O-line depth.

      In another thought, i fucking love it. Daniels isn’t being a bully, it takes someone strong, to weed out the weak. We need more of this. Players like Daniels, makes weaker players feel accountable and embarrassed when they end up getting bitched slapped, This defense needs an identity in the worst way. just like our offense needed one last year. Now, if we could only find a ilb.

  3. Tucson Packer July 29, 2016

    Yeah, as old school as we are, I would still like a legitimately nasty and intimidating defense on all levels.

  4. Empacador July 29, 2016

    Maybe some of that will rub off on McCarthy. I wish the Packers had that killer instinct as a team to put people away early and keep them down. Watching some video of those ’95-’98 teams under Holmgren might help. If you’ve never seen the ’95 playoff game against the 49ers, I highly recommend it. Watching Wayne Simmons abuse Brent Jones early in that game, and the beat down they put on Steve Young. Daniels would have fit right in with that group.

    1. PF4L July 31, 2016

      Agreed…Fritz Shurmur was in his own league. One could argue, the 96 Packer defense is in the top ten defenses of all time. To put it in perspective, the 85 Bear defense gave up only 12.4 ppg. Shurmur’s defense in 96 wasn’t far behind, giving up only 13.1 ppg.

      Informed Packer fans know, it wasn’t just Favre, Holmgren, White and Co. that made the 94-98 Packers successful. Shurmur doesn’t get near enough credit for those defenses he put on the field.

      Read up on some of Fritz Shurmur write ups about how he coached, his philosophy’s, how he handled his team internally, how his players viewed him. And also how he gave them the freedom to go after it. Capers has absolutely nothing on this man in comparison.

      RIP – Fritz Shurmur