If you watched the Green Bay Packers this season, you probably noticed that their running back, Eddie Lacy, looked kind of … sort of …. well, out of shape. Lacy has always been on the larger side of what we consider a running back should look like, representative of an era at Alabama when larger-than-life running backs were churned out in assembly line fashion. But something seemed off this season.
Maybe it was the way his gut protruded over his waist line like a man standing at the edge of a cliff, staring down into the abyss. Maybe it was the methodical way he moved behind the line of scrimmage. Maybe it was the fact that after back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons, he carried the ball 187 times for just 785 yards this year. Whatever the case, Packers coach Mike McCarthy decided to say at his end of the year press conference what we were all thinking.
“Eddie Lacy, he’s got a lot of work to do. His off-season last year was not good enough, and he never recovered from it,” McCarthy said. “He cannot play at the weight he was at this year.”
ESPN lists Lacy at 234 pounds, but McCarthy’s comments, and Lacy’s appearance, make that number seem impossibly low. McCarthy even went so far as to bench Lacy earlier in the season for what he called a lack of production, which he now seems to be attributing to Lacy’s weight and lack of conditionning.
We all know how important off-season training is, especially in a sport as grueling as football. It’s clear now that Lacy did not do what his coaches asked of him last summer, and it hurt both his playing time and performance. We look forward to seeing a new-look Lacy at the beginning of the 2016 NFL season.