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Mike Daniels’ Secret Weapon is Yoga

Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels has developed into one of the better players at his position in the NFL. He says he’s the best and he credits yoga for helping to raise his game to another level.

Complex did a story on Daniels, but it pretty much exclusively focused on yoga. Probably not what you’d expect from one of the biggest men in the league.

“I say I’m the strongest in the NFL, but the yoga has helped me to a point where I can’t be moved off the line,” Daniels says, “because I know how to get rooted in the ground and use the energy around me.”

Daniels has been doing yoga since before training camp in 2016. He further cites a play in the NFC Championship game that he says he couldn’t have done without yoga.

“I got a hit on Matt Ryan where I beat one guy, flipped my hip one way, then instantly flipped my hip the other way, made a beeline to the quarterback and got a nice hit on him,” says Daniels. “I know I wouldn’t have been able to do that [without yoga] because I haven’t done something like that before.”

This will be an interesting season for Daniels.

After signing a big-money contract extension toward the end of the 2015 season, Daniels’ production dipped in 2016.

After putting up 49 tackles, four sacks and an interception in 2015, his total tackles dipped to 33 in 2016. The number of sacks remained the same, 2.5 off his career high of 6.5 in 2013.

Of course, Daniels was also a focal point for opposing offenses in 2016. He was double-teamed relentlessly.

It would be great for the Packers’ defense if Daniels could get back to being a regular playmaker in 2017.

Joseph Bonham

Joseph is a fiction writer when he isn't doing this. In his spare time he likes to do manly things like drink beer and procreate.



  1. MJ July 5, 2017

    Daniels and his big mouth are not the problem here. It’s the lack of other playmakers that can profit from other guy (Daniels) being double teamed.

  2. Kato July 5, 2017

    Great Mike. You got a hit in a game where you gave up like 45 points. In Mike’s defense no one else in the front seven was a hero or made plays. That defensive line is terrible.

  3. PF4L July 5, 2017

    Mike Daniels says he’s the best, says he’s the strongest…….yadda, yadda, yadda….

    Mike Daniels doing what he does better than anything, talking the talk……

    lol..he’s bragging about hitting Matt Ryan…WOW!! Is he trying to tell us he made a play in the playoffs last season? I must have fucking missed it.

    Was that before or after the Falcons were leading 31-0?

    What does Mr. Daniels do after the Packers defense get their asses handed to them by the Falcons. He tells us how good the defense is, and….how good he is.

    Keep earning that money chumpy, down another pizza, you’ve earned it.

    1. Savage57 July 6, 2017

      Bad Mike. Don’t believe me? Just ask him.

  4. PF4L July 7, 2017

    “Of course, Daniels was also a focal point for opposing offenses in 2016. He was double-teamed relentlessly.”

    When the injury excuse just won’t sell….there is always the other go to excuse of being double teamed.

    Before Mike Daniels came along, i’m assuming no other players in the NFL have been doubled teamed. I’m pretty sure Reggie was never double teamed(sarcasm). Yet another Packer player who didn’t need an “excuse”.

    Maybe the day this upper management is relieved of their duties, it will be the same day some of the Packer faithful sheep stop being apologist and making excuses for this team. God bless that day, it can’t come soon enough.