Daniels wants defense to get nasty

Pete Dougherty
Mike Daniels thinks the Packers' lack of a mean streak has been an issue on defense. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media

Mike Daniels is looking for a lot more bite from a Packers defense that he thinks lacked a mean streak the last two seasons.

Last year Daniels became the Packers' best inside pass rusher, and entering his third NFL season this year, he says he's embracing a leadership role that includes fostering a meaner mindset from the defense as a whole.

"A little meaner," he said after Tuesday's minicamp practice. "A lot meaner. Actually, being mean for once, because quite frankly we haven't been. I think that's been our biggest problem on defense. So I'm personally going to make that my job to really get the best out of everybody. I don't care if I've got to hit somebody before we get on the field. If that's going to (tick) them off and they take it out on somebody on the other team, then so be it."

Daniels suggested that the Packers' defense needs to be more punishing during plays and respond when blockers get chippy after plays.

"A lot of times you look on tape the last couple of years, some of our guys get shoved in the back after plays," Daniels said. "I've seen it happen to some defensive linemen. Now that I'm older and I'm a little more vocal, that's unacceptable. Every game, one of our offensive guys gets knocked out (of the game), maybe two, so it's about time we returned the favor to other teams instead of just getting pushed around all the time. It's just a little bit of a different attitude."