“If you see it, Dude, it is no dream.” Walter Sobchak may very well have misquoted Theodor Herzl at Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels if he were, you know, not a fictional character.
Like The Dude, Mike Daniels is an interesting cat. So it probably isn’t surprising that Daniels has an interesting plan to get the Packers to the Super Bowl.
“It’s just a matter of really seeing ourselves in the Super Bowl, envisioning it, and knowing we can get there, because we’ve gotten very close,” Daniels said.
“As you get older, you get that much more mental toughness, and a lot of wisdom comes with it. I’ve been around a couple years. I’ve been in the playoffs every year, been to two NFC Championship games, been in divisional games, and I know this team can get there, it’s just a matter of making sure we all can believe we can get there.”
No doubt. Very few people ever accomplish anything without believing they can do it.
It starts there.
That alone isn’t going to do it, though.
The Packers are going to have to stay healthy (ha!). Okay, let’s say relatively healthy, which for the Packers means only 8-10 guys on injured reserve. They’re going to have to have a number of young players raise their games, some significantly. They’re going to need leadership.
We have a decent idea where the leadership is going to come from, Daniels being among that group. He’s setting the tone early, which is great, but the Packers will need some things to break right in order to end this drought.