this Jan. 2014, file photo, Green Bay Packers' Randall Cobb (18)
celebrates his touchdown catch with teammate Jordy Nelson during
the first half of the NFL football NFC Championship game against
the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. The Packers opened offseason
workouts, moving on from their crushing loss to Seattle in the
NFC title game to start looking ahead to 2015.
GREEN BAY — Mike
Daniels has seen the film of the Packers' last game over and over
again in the offseason.
A stunning collapse
in the NFC title game to Seattle can be hard to forget.
On Monday came time
to officially look ahead for Green Bay with the start of offseason
workouts at Lambeau Field.
Daniels has watched
the Seattle tape. He's hoping to improve by recognizing his mistakes.
"You have to
learn from it and seeing how that's the last game of the season, you
don't get a chance to go over it and evaluate it as a group. So guys
find some time to watch it, break it down and move past it," said
Daniels, one of the leaders on the defensive line.
"There's a lot
of great learning points from it, just like any other game. So that's
the way we have to take it, and the next game is the next week,"
It's more like five
more months until the start of a new season. The broader point from
Daniels and receiver Randall Cobb on Monday was that the team is
though, why the 28-22 loss might still sting with fans.
this Dec. 2014, file photo, Green Bay Packers defensive end Mike
Daniels (76) chases Buffalo Bills' Robert Woods (10) out of
bounds during the first half of an NFL football game in Orchard
Park, N.Y. The Packers opened offseason workouts, moving on from
their crushing loss to Seattle in the NFC title game to start
looking ahead to 2015.
Green Bay led 16-0 at
halftime, and 19-7 with 10:53 left in the game. The Packers still led
by five with 2:09 remaining even after quarterback Russell Wilson's
1-yard touchdown run.
An onside kick
slipped through the hands of Green Bay's Brandon Bostick and Seattle
regained possession. Plenty of other plays contributed to the
Three months into the
offseason, the Packers have regrouped following the setback in
Seattle. One of the few times that the game has been brought up since
then was Monday by reporters asking about the loss.
talked about it. Nobody's really bringing it up. We're focusing on
handling business this season," Cobb said. "New beginnings,
so this is Day 1 in the process."
The offseason program
is about brushing up on the playbook, as well as focusing on getting
faster, quicker or stronger. The atmosphere in the locker room might
be akin to how students catch up with each other on the first day of
class after summer break.
Cobb, who played
college ball at Kentucky, got some good-natured grief from teammates
and former Wisconsin players Scott Tolzien and Jared Abbrederis after
the basketball Badgers beat the Wildcats in the Final Four.
"Yeah, I have,
and that was the first thing that I heard from everybody, of course.
Yeah. I don't really want to talk about that," he joked.
Cobb is back after
agreeing to a four-year, $40 million deal last month. The Packers did
let some veterans go on defense: cornerback Tramon Williams signed
with Cleveland, long-time inside linebackers A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones
figure to be focal points of next week's draft, when the Packers will
pick 30th in the first round.
General manager Ted
Thompson did bring back size and experience on the line by re-signing
tackles B.J. Raji and Letroy Guion to one-year deals. Raji returns
after missing 2014 following a biceps injury in the preseason.
Guion turned into a
key piece on the defense in place of Raji. But his return appeared to
be thrown into question after being charged in connection with a
traffic stop in Starke, Florida in February. The case was resolved
last month, with Guion entering a no contest plea to a drug charge.
As far as Daniels is
concerned, it's time to move on with Guion, too.
"He said, 'Hey,
I made a mistake. I need to get back to work.' That's respectful. He
already owned up to it," Daniels said. "He just made a
mistake and we're past that. It's time to get to work and he's been