AM Quickslant: Now It’s For Real, The Pads Come Off

Well it is the first day of padded practice this morning and as you pour yourself that morning cuppa Packer Defensive BacksJoe on this Monday, may visions of big hits and flying helmets dance in your heads…wait…scratch that. May visions of big hits that DON’T cause injuries and the soon-to-be flying helmets of Seattle Seahawks dance in your heads. It makes a difference when the players put the pads on and today will be the first day of separating the men from the boys. 

The risk won’t go away…

When Training Camp switches to padded practice it changes the whole demeanor of the camp. We’re probably gonna see a tussle or two today and that is a healthy thing as our O-line in particular gels and our D-line does the same. Then, when the opponent steps on the field, the aggression just gets amped up from there.

Live hitting is SO important to getting a team ready for pre-season action which is in turn critical in preparing for the season. It starts today and both the coaches and the players will be excited. However, live hitting also puts players at risk and the potential for injury may have some Packers fans holding their breath.

Will the vocal leader of the defense please step forward?

mikedanielsMike Daniels has done a LOT of talking about how this year’s defense is gonna smash some people in the mouth. He went so far as to say that even in practice, he doesn’t see team-mates across the line from him, just Vikings and Bears and Lions. I LOVE this guy and the attitude he has brought to the defense this offseason. But today is the day that the rubber starts to meet the road. The Packers have had some great players on defense but have yet to find a vocal leader the likes of Mike Daniels. We have needed it for years and this guy seems primed to deliver!

So what do you think Packernation? Is Mike Daniels gonna be the guy that helps Green Bay’s defense find the attitude that they have been lacking? For me it is always wait and see but I also think it is important to believe…when it comes to Mike Daniels, I believe!

Do you?

GO PACK!!!

 

AM Quickslant: Now It’s For Real, The Pads Come Off
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4 thoughts on “AM Quickslant: Now It’s For Real, The Pads Come Off

  • July 28, 2014 at 12:40 pm
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    Time will tell but if he walks the walk like he talks the talk it could be a good season for the interior d line

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    • July 28, 2014 at 12:49 pm
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      That’s definitely the bottom line. A very vocal leader can get an entire team pumped but if he doesn’t also perform the enthusiasm isn’t sustained for long.

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  • July 28, 2014 at 1:11 pm
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    Very true J.R. I have high hopes for the front 7 this year if they can stay healthy! But that’s the key word. With Bj back at NT and having a healthy CMIII with Peppers opposite they could be a force that gives most O-Lines fits this year.

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  • July 28, 2014 at 10:23 pm
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    I expect big things from Daniels this year with a motivated Peppers, healthy Datone Jones and Matthews, and Raji back to his true NT position. Daniels could very well have double digit sacks and lead by example as well as with his mouth.

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