Eddie Lacy Needs To Lose Weight: Coach
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy was about as direct as he could be Monday night: Running back Eddie Lacy must lose weight and return next season in far better shape if he hopes to regain the bruising, productive form he showed during his first two NFL seasons.
“Eddie Lacy, he’s got a lot of work to do. His offseason last year was not good enough, and he never recovered from it,” McCarthy said during his season-ending news conference two days after his team’s 26-20 overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday in the NFC divisional playoffs. “He cannot play at the weight he was at this year.”
The Packers’ problems on offense were manifold in 2015, but Lacy’s inability to play at his expected level complicated matters. Lacy appeared in 15 games (12 starts) but finished with just 187 carries, far off the workload of his first two seasons. He scored just three rushing touchdowns, a far cry from the 20 scores he piled up over the course of his previous two seasons.
I like Eddie Lacy because he probably hides chicken wings in his locker. pic.twitter.com/9fDm8POduE
— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) January 17, 2016
Lacy added 24 carries for 152 yards in two postseason contests, including a career-high 61-yard rumble against the Cardinals on Saturday night. But he had just 28 yards on his other 11 carries in Arizona, a performance emblematic of a frustrating season.
Lacy is listed at 5’11” and 234 pounds, though a report from training camp put him at 242.
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