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New coach sees some Curtis Martin in Eddie Lacy

Eddie Lacy, Jason Hatche AP

New Packers running backs coach Sam Gash has blocked for some good running backs.

But he said his new pupil reminds him of one of the best of all time.

Gash said after watching film of Eddie Lacy, he sees similarities to Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin.

Even though he’s bigger, same mentality,” Gash said, via Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Curtis didn’t like watching football. If anybody watched his Hall of Fame speech, he was a guy who didn’t necessarily like watching football, but he was instinctive and just a great player.

“Eddie is pretty similar in his mentality. But you watch him on film, which I’m just starting to do, he’s an exciting prospect.”

Gash has also blocked for backs including Thurman Thomas, Jamal Lewis and Deuce McAlister, so he knows what it takes.

And after watching Lacy’s rookie year on tape, he said his challenge as a position coach would be not overthinking things.

“Leave him alone. Let him run,” Gash said. “Just point him in the right direction and let him go. Just talk to him about the little things, the part about being a pro. He’s a young guy and he plays hard, but there’s an art to being a pro.

“I’m definitely not going to mess him up. That’s something I learned a long time, let runners run.”

Lacy provided a nice balance to the Packers offense this year, keeping them afloat during Aaron Rodgers’ absence. And if they can keep the quarterback well next year, they have the possibility to be even more dangerous.

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21 Responses to “New coach sees some Curtis Martin in Eddie Lacy”
  1. theleaguesbest says: Feb 11, 2014 8:38 AM

    Too bad for the rest of the NFC North.

    What’ya gonna do, when Eddie Lacy and the Green Bay Packers run wild on you!

    #THE 13 Time World Champion Green Bay Packers

  2. whatjusthapped says: Feb 11, 2014 8:58 AM

    Its good to have a top 10 RB that is on the ascendency of his career, with more touchdowns and less fumbles than the other option, a RB that is turning 30, gets injured more often and is losing a step. Sound familiar Viking fans?

  3. musician0785 says: Feb 11, 2014 9:20 AM

    I know this fool didnt just try and compare AP, and Eddie Lacy…..One guy has Aaron Rodgers, and the other has only had 1 season of competent QB play from a guy that was 41….easy Vikings fan, you havent even won the offseason championship yet

  4. leftlaneisforpassingonly says: Feb 11, 2014 9:31 AM

    Does that mean when his contract is up he is going to skip town for a division rival?

  5. osiris33 says: Feb 11, 2014 9:47 AM

    Curtis Martin? You mean he’s a slightly above average back with excellent durability who only made the Hall of Fame because he played in New York & Boston?

  6. gbmickey says: Feb 11, 2014 9:53 AM

    With Rodgers and Lacy the offense will be a juggernaut specially with an offseason to plan.

  7. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Feb 11, 2014 10:01 AM

    Maybe you can figure out a way to get more than 4.1 yards per carry out of him.

  8. purpleguy says: Feb 11, 2014 10:14 AM

    As long as the Pack has Rodgers at QB, they could have BJ Raji at RB and still have a good offense. As a Viking fan, Lacy doesn’t scare me a bit; however, Rodgers and the quality Pack WRs are a different story. . . . .

  9. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Feb 11, 2014 11:10 AM

    Eddie Lacy is the kind of running back you can pick up in the second round of any draft. If Toby Gerhart got the carries, he would have better numbers than Lacy.

  10. gohawks7 says: Feb 11, 2014 11:50 AM

    I always chuckle when I see the words “Curtis Martin” and “Hall of Fame” in the same sentence.

  11. zinjaboy says: Feb 11, 2014 1:42 PM

    1. Emmitt Smith 18,355
    2. Walter Payton 16,726
    3. Barry Sanders 15,269
    4. Curtis Martin 14,101
    5. LaDainian Tomlinson 13,684
    6. Jerome Bettis 13,662
    7. Eric Dickerson 13,259
    8. Tony Dorsett 12,739
    9. Jim Brown 12,312
    10. Marshall Faulk 12,279

    4th all time in yards is Martin. Are you looking at the same list I am? Quite a chuckle indeed.

  12. zinjaboy says: Feb 11, 2014 1:45 PM

    I’ll take 4.1 yd/carry from him. High octane passing game from a future hall of famer takes care of the rest.

  13. filthymcnasty1 says: Feb 11, 2014 3:10 PM

    Even with Rodgers missing half the season, 4.1 yards per carry was good enough to win the division.

  14. axespray says: Feb 11, 2014 4:37 PM

    4.1… that the average wins per season Peterson’s had in his career?

  15. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 11, 2014 4:43 PM

    I don’t remember Martin being fat.

  16. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 11, 2014 4:44 PM

    Or… he meant that Lacy looks like he just ate Curtis Martin.

  17. gbmickey says: Feb 11, 2014 6:02 PM

    Awwwh crown are you still bitter that your steelers passed on the rookie of the year?

  18. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 11, 2014 8:17 PM

    Not at all mickey, I wouldn’t trade you Bell for Lacy and Starks both.

  19. roastbeefsandwich says: Feb 11, 2014 8:41 PM

    Meanwhile Matt Forte beat both AP and Lacey in rushing, receiving, and touchdowns, so everyone should just quiet this pissing match down.

    Hopefully Lacey keeps improving, its fun seeing him run over the defense.

  20. inbredcheesehead says: Feb 12, 2014 3:21 AM

    i like to call hem ED LICE get it as a joke dont get mad my packer brothers i am on your side eddie is the next ron dayne but just much gooder because he is a packer and there coaching is best

  21. inbredcheesehead says: Feb 12, 2014 3:24 AM

    roastbeefsandwich says:
    Feb 11, 2014 8:41 PM
    Meanwhile Matt Forte beat both AP and Lacey in rushing, receiving, and touchdowns, so everyone should just quiet this pissing match down.

    Hopefully Lacey keeps improving, its fun seeing him run over the defense.

    shicage is pretty bad there only weapon on offence was fort’e and he is easily to much over payed

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