Hey, Ed...I said where ya' goin' with that spoon in your hand...
Eddie Lacy, a dominating force his first two seasons in the NFL, took a serious step back this season. Well, listening to Green Bay Packers head coach, Mike McCarthy, it was more a waddle.
"Eddie Lacy, he's got a lot of work to do," McCarthy said. "I think I'm stating the obvious. His offseason last year was not good enough, and he never recovered from it. I had a chance to talk to Eddie today, and that was pretty much the majority of our whole conversation. He has to get it done because he cannot play at the weight that he played at this year."
Lacy did not have a great offseason, showing up at camp a bit on the plumper side, and it limited his effectiveness, even before the injury bug bit. Once he returned, he was then benched in favor of James Starks. The Hulk only got his job back after coming on in relief of Starks and racking up 100 yards in Week 8.
Still, the weight issue is somewhat disconcerting for a bigger back, as were Lacy's remarks when McCarthy initially brought up Lacy's conditioning. The AL.com story has the exact quotes, but Lacy essentially blew off his coaches, stating that Packers management hadn't expressed concern, and that was all he was worried about.
Let's hope this was just a bump in the road and not a Richardson-type issue, where attitude and personal habits derailed a promising career, and by the time it was corrected, it was too late.