The parallels between the 2010 and 2017 defensive lines are undeniable.
In 2010, the Green Bay Packers won a Super Bowl behind a defense that ranked second in the NFL in points allowed. That dominance started up front with a defensive line that included starters Cullen Jenkins, Ryan Pickett and B.J. Raji.
The potential is there for Green Bay’s defensive line to be a major force this season, as well.
The playmaker of the 2010 unit was Jenkins. The playmaker of this unit is Mike Daniels. At age 28, Daniels is a two-time Pro Bowl alternate and a two-time selection on NFL Network’s list of the league’s top 100 players. Not only did he have four sacks and eight tackles for losses last season, Daniels had 20 quarterback hurries. The rest of the team’s defensive linemen combined for nine.
“Keep getting better,” Daniels said of his goal. “Everything else will come — Pro Bowl, All-Pro, those accolades that come with being a top player at my position. I already know I am. It’s just a matter of making everybody else believe it. And just being a great leader on this defense and on this team. I feel as though I have the ability to lead the guys to doing something great and get us all to play above our potential.”
The sturdy veteran of that unit was Pickett. The veterans of this unit are Ricky Jean Francois and/or Letroy Guion. Guion was by far the unit’s best defender against the run. He led the unit with 50 tackles — even while playing more than 200 fewer snaps than Daniels. However, he had no sacks and only 1.5 hurries. With a four-game suspension looming for Guion, the Packers added Jean Francois, a…
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