Mike Daniels stands up for Packers’ defensive performances in 2016

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By standard statistical measures, the defense of the Green Bay Packers had its struggles last year.

Green Bay finished 22nd in overall defense, 21st in points allowed and were 31st against the pass as injuries to the secondary led to opponents finding room to move the football. The Packers did finish as the eighth best run defense in the league allowing just 94.7 yards per game on the ground.

But despite some of the obvious issues the Packers had, defensive tackle Mike Daniels feels the unit played quite well given the circumstances.

“Here’s the deal — I’d like to see anybody take a bunch of rookies and put them on the defensive line and at inside linebacker and have the No. 8 run defense in the NFL. And if you take away two plays, we’re the No. 2 run defense,” Daniels said on Total Access on NFL Network.

“Then, look at — OK, we had a lot of young guys on the back-end. On top of them being young guys, they were hurt. One guy had a hernia surgery in season and continued to play (Damarious Randall). Still No. 6 in sacks. So for us to have had the success we had, still make it to the NFC Championship game with as banged up as we were on the back-end, I think we did a heck of a job. Especially against teams coming in full power all season.”

Randall, Sam Shields, Quinten Rollins and Demitri Goodson all dealt with injuries last season that sapped the team’s depth in the secondary. LaDarius Gunter was also forced into a starting role in his second season.

Even with Daniels sticking up for Green Bay’s performances last season, the tenor of their draft class spoke to the team’s belief they needed some help on that side of the ball. Cornerback Kevin King, safety Josh Jones, defensive tackle Montravius Adams and linebacker Vince Biegel were the first four picks of the team’s draft.

But given the circumstances the Packers had to endure last year, there’s reason to believe their defense could take a sizeable leap back forward this year.

20 responses to “Mike Daniels stands up for Packers’ defensive performances in 2016

  1. I am a Packers fan and I am glad we have Daniels. He’s a good player and he’s a stand up guy, unlike a couple of other Packers players.
    But — he’s delusional. He can twist it any way he wants, but the Packers defense hasn’t been a top defense since the days of Reggie White, Gilbert Brown, Santana Dotson, Sean Jones and Leroy Butler.
    The Packers would have won at least 2 more Super Bowl wins had they had a top defense.
    This team has plenty of offense and it’s all on the defense to step up and play well if they are to have a chance to win another Super Bowl. If you look at their schedule, it’s very tough. They play many of the top QB’s in the league who could have a field day with this defense if it isn’t better.
    I have picked them to finish 9 and 7 this year because I just don’t trust this defense. I hope I’m wrong, but it’s what I think will happen.

  2. If ‘if’ and ‘buts’ were candy and nuts it would be Christmas everyday.
    The reason the Packers defense was bad was due to injuries(again…and again), the front office belief you can replace any veteran with a rookie from street free agency or low draft picks, and a defensive system that is very complicated to pick up and go with with limited experience.
    Hope springs eternal for all teams this time of the year(maybe not the Browns or the Jets), but if the Packers defense can move up to mediocre they should make a run(assuming Aaron Rodgers is playing, if not, it’s over.)

  3. Sniff sniff -We would have won the Super Bowl if we didn’t have these injuries- sniff sniff.

    Poor Green Bay, they were the only team to have injuries last year. Excuses are like……….

  4. But given the circumstances the Packers had to endure last year, there’s reason to believe their defense could take a sizeable leap back …..
    Yes, way back…

  5. If they get the secondary straightened out we should have a good shot this year. I don’t see them being any worse that’s for sure.

  6. Big PACK guy here. Hm. Not sure I agree with Danneils on this one. Sounds like excuses for not playing better. Caper’s defense has a loooooong way too go if we plan on beating the vike’s for the division this year. Just my 9 cents. Go pack

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  7. As a close friend of the organization, I can attest that Green Bay will once again be Champions of the NFC North.

    (I know. I’m not exactly sure that’s a huge achievement either – but it’s something.

  8. “given the circumstances the Packers had to endure last year, there’s reason to believe their defense could take a sizeable leap back forward this year.”

    that’s some crap quality writing there Curtis, it is so good bad that you should win last first place in a contest for the best worst blogger journalist on this respected joke of a gossip opinion website.

  9. While I agree with most of the Daniels’ statements, every team has to deal with injuries.
    It’s a fact of life in the NFL.
    And although they experienced an inordinate amount in the secondary last season, I fully expect this unit to bounce back strong this year.

    It could be the defenses’ backbone when you consider the fact that a healthy Rollins and Randall spearheaded the NFL’s 6th best pass defense in 2015 and with the addition of King and Jones, hopefully they can help mitigate the loss of Shields.
    Rookies are always a roll of the dice, and I’m not about to anoint anyone the 2nd coming, but despite what the Barneys will tell you, the sky is not falling!
    skoLOL!

  10. I think most of what he said is true. There was alot to overcome, and clearly they weren’t up to the task in the NFCC Game.

    … but it’s impossible to make excuses for the D given how average or downright BAD they’ve been since winning the Super Bowl in 2010. Terrible defense cost them a Championship in 2011.

    Why they have stuck with Capers through all this is simply beyond me. He should have been canned after the Seattle debacle.

  11. The reason the Packers defense was bad was due to injuries(again…and again), the front office belief you can replace any veteran with a rookie from street free agency or low draft picks, and a defensive system that is very complicated to pick up and go with with limited experience.
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    They have invested heavily on defense;

    2010 – 2nd Mike Neal, 3rd Morgan Burnett
    2012 – top 6 picks all defense, 1 1st, 2 2nds
    2013 – 1st Datone Jones, 4 late round picks
    2014 – 1st HHC-D, 3rd Khyri Thornton, 4th, 6th
    2015 – 1st Randle, 2nd Rollins, 4th, 6th
    2016 – 1st Kenny Clark, 1 3rd, 2 4ths
    2017 – top 4 picks, all defense

    They’re not developing players, or they’re not drafting players that fit their system.

    I have the utmost faith in Ted Thompson and the Packers scouting staff. I believe they locate players who are NFL caliber.

    The problemis the coaches, in my opinion.

  12. Excuses starting early this season for the Cheesers….
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    Funny because I seem to recall Viking fans whining about injuries all season…..and offseason. Difference is we went to the nfccg with all of our injuries. You guys just went home.

  13. Someone should tell this knucklehead the reason they were good statistically against the run is because their opponents opted to pass all day long on that pourous secondary.

  14. This guy is as delusional as his fans. Must be something in the Wisconsin water.

    What am I saying? Nobody drinks water in Wisconsin.

  15. The Phantom Stranger says:
    Jun 21, 2017 12:43 PM
    This guy is as delusional as his fans. Must be something in the Wisconsin water.

    What am I saying? Nobody drinks water in Wisconsin.

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    hahah, as a wisconson resident, I have too laugh beacuse its true! well played 🙂

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