Eddie Lacy: It will be tougher this season

AP

Coming to the NFL can be daunting for many rookies as they struggle to raise their game to the level neeed to compete with the bigger, faster and smarter players they encounter at the professional level.

Packers running back Eddie Lacy didn’t have too hard a time with the transition. He ran for 51 yards in his first two games and then missed a week with a concussion before coming back to run for 1,127 yards and 10 touchdowns over the final 13 games as the Packers won the NFC North. With a year of experience under his belt, there’s reason to believe that Lacy can be even more effective in 2014 but Lacy cautions that last year’s introduction to the league can be a two-way street.

“I think it will be tougher, because it’s not like you’re surprising everyone,” Lacy said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “When you first come in, people doubt you. They know what you did in college, but they don’t know if it will translate to the next level. But once you get that year in and people see what you’ve done and it’s no longer surprising, they’re going to prepare for you the way they prepare for whoever else is good at that position.”

The nice thing for Lacy and the Packers is that defenses being ready for Lacy won’t necessarily make it much easier to stop them. The Packers still have Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, limiting how much they can stack the box with defenders to counter Lacy’s ground game because they’d be at risk of getting beaten through the air. The Packers didn’t get to fully enjoy the dilemmas they can create because of Rodgers’ collarbone injury last year, but Lacy won’t be the only one in for a tougher task this year if everyone feels healthy.

57 responses to “Eddie Lacy: It will be tougher this season

  1. The worst rb in the NFC north.he would be 3rd string on the vikings.cant wait till we shut him down twice next season and let the best RB in the world ADRIAN PETERSON run wild all over the tasteless cheesehead defense.this season will remind u of the 70s and 80s when u were laughing stocks and the vikings dominated.SKOL

  2. This guy is an animal. He doesn’t even look at you he just runs through you.

    Could you imagine being at Lambeau in January and having to tackle him in the open field face to face. Jesus.

  3. The “Wrecking Ball” is going to roll all over the league again this year. Get yourselves ready defenses!! You are going to find out why it is called the “Black and Blue” division.

  4. It will also be tougher because the NFC North should be much improved this year. None of the teams in that division were playoff-worthy last year, but they have all made major steps toward improvement this offseason.

    I don’t see any team in the NFC North finishing worse than 7-9 this year but I also don’t see more than 10 or 11 wins from any of them, either. And with two to three quality teams in both the NFC West and the NFC South, the likelihood of a wildcard team coming out of the North is slim. So all four of those teams will be all-in from the get-go, which should translate to a fun division to watch.

  5. A #3 offense with Rodgers missing half the season. I cant wait for full year with Lacey and Rodgers together look out. Can’t wait to see the hammer steamroll a couple people like he did to Rhodes of the vikings last year.

  6. If the kid can stay healthy, dude will beast this year. I like his running style, mini-BeastMode.

  7. With Rodgers, Lacy, & Cobb on the field at the same time,this Packers offense has the potential to be as good as they were in ’11. The difference will be in the defense.

  8. You’re right Eddie it will be harder. Teams have a lot of film on you now and will game plan against you.

    You’re a good back Eddie, but one guy you can try game plan against and it just doesn’t matter (Adrian Peterson “All Day”).

    I’d take the under on a 1,000 yard season for Mr. Lacy. It will be tough year for ya son.

  9. Remember when Eddie Lacy was a fat slob who wouldn’t do anything in the NFL because of one training camp photo?
    It’s so fun to watch people eat their words about the Packers.

  10. Lacy is wrong about it getting tougher for him this season, it will be far easier for him to gain big yards as the defense wont be able to put eight in the box game after game waiting for him like last season when Rodgers was out,defenses will have to respect the pass or get killed so play action will be fun to watch this season with Lacy carving up defenses.its going to be a fun season in GB barring injuries which seem to decimate the team annually.

  11. While some may say he’s lacking confidence, I think it’s great to hear Eddie Lacy understanding that this season is going to be tougher. His ability though will help Aaron Rodgers immensely.

    When you understand that bumps-in-the-road are coming, you can prepare for them. Lacy will not be surprised when he hits the wall, instead, he’ll be prepared to overcome it.

    He comes off different than previous ‘Bama backs, Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson.

  12. Yes, it will be tougher this season but find solace in the fact that the Packers twice play the 30th ranked defense that lost its best player.

    Serendipity comes in many forms, in the NFC North, it comes in the form of the Minnesota Vikings.

  13. You wanna know the scary thing? Eddie and Aaron only played together for 4 weeks last year!

    Teams are going to have no answer for the GB offense. Stop the pass? Fine. Death by 1,000 paper cuts (4 YPC). Stop the run? Fine. Get ready for 6 TD’s thrown over your head.

    Don’t listen to the trolls. This is the best GB team since 2010 at least. It’s the most well rounded GB team since the mid 90’s.

    #excited

  14. What he really means is that this year will be much tougher, because he will have to face a Zimmer coached defense two times.

  15. Green Bay will only have a good running game if they find an Oline somewhere. An improved running game definitely improves an already potent offense but I don’t see any improvement on an Oline that just plain stinks.

  16. I like that he is attempting to lower expectations before the season starts. Let the play on the field do the talking.

    Always better to exceed expectations than not meeting them. It looks better that way than some who claim they will get 3000 yards rushing and only attain 900.

  17. The biggest advantage this guy has is that he has an MVP QB forcing defenses to play honestly — he’s an okay RB made above average by an MVP QB.

  18. This was taken slightly out of context from a Packer Report article. They forgot to mention that while Rodgers was recovering for nearly eight games, opposing teams were stacking the box for Lacy…and he STILL ate them up. He led them to a third straight North Division crown.

    With Rodgers back and defenses not knowing whether to play the pass OR the run, this could be another SuperBowl run…..if they stay healthy.

    Everyone knows what I have described above is true. The Packer opponents know it as well. The prognosticators will certainly place the Packers in the pre-season Top 5.

    Anyone who believes otherwise has either only recently begun to watch American football, or is a Viking fan denier.

  19. Two GB – MN games last season:

    Lacy – 270 Total Yards/2 TDs/0 Fumbles
    AP – 231 Total Yards/2 TDs/1 Fumble Lost

    Viking fans are in a state of denial as to how good Lacy really is.

  20. Denial? Green Bay has had a pass with the bad QB play in the NFC North. Stafford is an underachiever, Cutler is a pouty man child, and don’t get me started on the Vikings QB problems. Just sayin’.

  21. I don’t understand why the Viking fans on this site are shaking in their boots. After all, Rodgers is a predictable “system” QB, isn’t he? What difference could he make?

  22. Who’s shaking in their boots? It’s not as if we’re not used to great QB play from Green Bay. It’s business as usual as far as everyone else in the NFCN is concerned. The tables only turn if other QBs in the division develop into franchise QBs.

  23. The kid is good, but it’s not like he set the league on fire. I like his potential though, and as an old school Viking fan it’s refreshing to see the Packers running the ball again like they were known for for decades…. as long as it isn’t against my team, ha!

  24. You could see the mantle being passed in the NFCN in head to head matchups during the season from the now self proclaimed soft(run out of bounds) and oft injured Peterson to the in your face R.O.Y. Hammer Lacy.

  25. Certainly sounds like a more intelligent and professional player than Flashy Patterson.

  26. packers havent been relevant since slipping by a injury depleted steeler team in the sb, by a mere six points…..

    itz been five years now…..yawwwn….aaron this, aaron that…yeah….whatever…

  27. He will be productive. The O line is back and healthy, they have added depth, and they have added weapons. I see them obliterating the Vikequeens, and likely winning the division unless they suffer another injury riddled season. The Bears will be tough on offense, but I don’t see the defense being good enough. The Lions? They are still the Lions, they find a way to screw it up. The hapless Vikings will finish last. They may have trouble winning five games this year. Peterson is aged, pushing thirty, his productivity and durability are fading fast. He will have spurts, a few big games, but they just don’t have enough to play with the big boys. Another year with an empty trophy case.

  28. packers havent been relevant since slipping by a injury depleted steeler team in the sb, by a mere six points…..
    ==========
    Actually, it was the Packers who had all the injuries and they still won.

  29. thegreenandcold says:
    Remember when Eddie Lacy was a fat slob…
    ——————————–
    Yes, like it was yesterday.

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