Nov 10, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers defensive end Mike Daniels (76) sacks Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) in the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field. The Eagles won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Daniels will hit somebody if Packers D doesn’t step up


Is Mike Daniels going to have to smack a teammate? Is he?

Because if the Packer defense doesn’t start playing with some fire, some punch, some barbarism, then Mike Daniels is going to start pushing his teammates around — just like all the opposing running backs did last season.

“So I’m personally going to really get the best out of everybody. I don’t care if I have to hit somebody before we get on the field,” Daniels said to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel after a minicamp practice. ” … It’s a barbaric sport. So that’s how you’re going to have to approach it. I’m tired of getting our face punched in by other teams. I’m not used to that.”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer Tyler Dunn seemed thrilled about Daniels’ comments:

Which is precisely what we didn’t hear from players when LeSean McCoy, Matt Forte, Adrian Peterson/Toby Gerhart, Reggie Bush/Joique Bell, DeMarco Murray and Le’Veon Bell gashed Green Bay for 1,096 yards on 194 attempts in seven games down the stretch.

It’s OK to criticize, to publicly let loose, to turn nuclear. Anger can become contagious, and anger was absent when the Packers defense crumbled through November.

The rest of the team recognizes the issue. It’s just that no one has really spoken about it openly. The team is filled with talented players that are conscious, perhaps too much so. Clay Matthews, A.J. Hawk and new addition Julius Peppers are quiet and lead by example. So Daniel has decided not only to acknowledge the elephant in the room, but to be the elephant in the room — stampeding and screaming.

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