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Mike McCarthy: We didn’t ask Eddie Lacy to lose 30 pounds

during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. Getty Images

Packers coach Mike McCarthy kicked off the offseason by saying that running back Eddie Lacy can’t play at the same weight in 2016 that he played at in 2015, so there’s no doubt that the Packers asked Lacy to drop some pounds this offseason.

McCarthy disputes just how much fat they wanted Lacy to trim, however. There have been reports that the team wanted Lacy to lose 30 pounds, but McCarthy said that wasn’t the case while speaking from the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Thursday.

“The numbers that have been out there about his weight are inaccurate,” McCarthy said, via “The Green Bay Packers have never, ever asked him to lose 30 pounds. That’s totally out of the realm of what we’re talking about. That’s the facts there. He’ll learn from this.”

McCarthy also confirmed that Lacy has spoken with Tony Horton, who created the P90X workout program, about a workout plan for the offseason to get to whatever weight it is that the Packers have prescribed for the back. McCarthy said he’s confident that Lacy will reach that goal and that the Packers will “see definitely a different guy in April, and more importantly in July.”

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44 Responses to “Mike McCarthy: We didn’t ask Eddie Lacy to lose 30 pounds”
  1. rwhite84 says: Feb 26, 2016 6:59 AM

    Expecting him to just find Wii Fit cheat codes.

  2. Rolo Tomassi says: Feb 26, 2016 7:02 AM

    That’s the facts there!
    Why wasn’t Lacy in shape LAST YEAR?
    Why isn’t Lacy working out at the team facility?

  3. JBailey says: Feb 26, 2016 7:33 AM

    They legally can’t ask him to do that. They just told him to step on a scale, write that number down, subtract it by 30, and to weigh that. Just tightening really.

  4. collectordude says: Feb 26, 2016 7:54 AM

    You should tell him to lose 30, McCarthy.
    Not ask.

  5. theofficialshotcaller says: Feb 26, 2016 8:00 AM

    60 pounds?

  6. viking1961 says: Feb 26, 2016 8:00 AM

    MALARKEY needs, to lead by example and LOSE 30 himself ….!!!

  7. eagles1960 says: Feb 26, 2016 8:07 AM

    True, they wanted him to lose 40.

  8. troy43mvp says: Feb 26, 2016 8:08 AM

    I’m not saying that he is fat. I would however be a little concerned when Eddie lands on the injury report with a high Cankle sprain.

  9. pw1265 says: Feb 26, 2016 8:09 AM

    Whew, that’s good to hear.
    He needs to lose at least 40 so I can get that damn picture of him waddling down the field against Arizona.
    Starks would have scored and had a pizza waiting for Lacy by the time he got there.

  10. topcide says: Feb 26, 2016 8:10 AM

    Because it would be so wrong for a coach to tell a pro athlete to not show up fat/

  11. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Feb 26, 2016 8:18 AM

    While I realize there are excellent trainers all over the country, I have personal experience (along with millions of others) with P90X. The program works. The workout and diet combination helped me drop 20 pounds in 3 months and by the end I could do 140 pull ups, 300 push ups and over 1000 air squats in an hour.

    Phat Ed gonna be rollin next year!

  12. hahalolrofl says: Feb 26, 2016 8:23 AM

    Ok so 31?

  13. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Feb 26, 2016 8:29 AM

    No offense MacArthur, but you could stand to drop 30 yourself. My guy eddy will be fine. GO PACK!!

  14. randalpnaditch says: Feb 26, 2016 8:41 AM

    Come on Eddie. A running backs career is short. You have the rest of your life to chow down. Just get it together for a few short years, you can be a beast with some effort.

  15. artvan15 says: Feb 26, 2016 8:43 AM

    McCarthy is a fool. Wonder what part of the team will fall off this next year.

  16. smithdp says: Feb 26, 2016 8:44 AM

    Maybe the 30lbs is what Lacy thought McCarthy could lose.

  17. linemanguy74 says: Feb 26, 2016 8:44 AM

    I bet Rogers said “he has to lose weight,he’s to big for me to throw under the bus”

  18. joker65 says: Feb 26, 2016 9:01 AM


  19. toybkshr says: Feb 26, 2016 9:07 AM

    Yeah – it was only 27lbs!

  20. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 26, 2016 9:35 AM

    Le’Veon Bell’s body fat is 2.9%.

  21. h0metownzero says: Feb 26, 2016 10:06 AM

    Despite some questionable menu choices, Lacy already has twice as many career playoff victories as Adrian Peterson – in just his 3rd year.

  22. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Feb 26, 2016 10:08 AM

    It was actually 80 lbs.
    40 for Eddie and 40 for Mike.
    Eddie immediately began video game training.
    Mike immediately went to lunch. Twice.

  23. thejuddstir says: Feb 26, 2016 10:15 AM

    Most NFL running backs have less total body fat than what Lacy consumes in one day.

  24. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Feb 26, 2016 10:34 AM

    Mike told Eddie, “Stick with me, son.” Standing next to Mike, Eddie will look skinny.

  25. irishgary says: Feb 26, 2016 10:38 AM


    Problem is Bell doesn’t play much does he?

  26. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 26, 2016 10:46 AM

    Bell has never been pulled or benched for being out of shape. Can’t even fathom that being an issue.

  27. In Teddy We Trust says: Feb 26, 2016 10:49 AM

    I thought it sounded fishy when that 30 pounds report came out. Lacy losing 30 pounds is like throwing a deck chair off the Titanic.

  28. stellarperformance says: Feb 26, 2016 11:08 AM

    Wide Left.

  29. freebledsoe says: Feb 26, 2016 11:16 AM

    numba1wiscosportsfan says:
    Feb 26, 2016 8:29 AM
    No offense MacArthur, but you could stand to drop 30 yourself. My guy eddy will be fine. GO PACK!!

    Yep, McCarthy is fat. However he is not an NFL running back who is expected to keep himself in top shape to help his team and earn all that dough. Feast Mode actually got too fat to play last year LOL!

  30. C-Rob says: Feb 26, 2016 11:18 AM

    Its a contract year, so of course Lacey is going to do whatever he can to get paid. Then its back to video games.

  31. fanofpft says: Feb 26, 2016 11:21 AM

    Want a skinny guy? Trade for Lamar Miller.

  32. irishgary says: Feb 26, 2016 11:22 AM


    no Just for getting busted for weed which is a strong indication of a low IQ, and of course being injury prone.

  33. troy43mvp says: Feb 26, 2016 11:29 AM

    Yo Running Back is sooo fat ….when he jumps on the dance floor, the band skips. (rim shot)

  34. filthymcnasty3 says: Feb 26, 2016 11:42 AM

    And yet our bridges remain intact. It makes one wonder.

  35. filthymcnasty3 says: Feb 26, 2016 11:45 AM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Feb 26, 2016 9:35 AM
    Le’Veon Bell’s body fat is 2.9%.


    I always get that number mixed up with his THC level.

    Either way, who cares about RB’s that never play in playoff games.

  36. jrsamps says: Feb 26, 2016 11:48 AM

    Quick that a rubber ducky swim tube that McCarthy wears round his waist during games?

  37. marttizzle says: Feb 26, 2016 12:17 PM

    …however, in the end, my Minnesota Vikings are the division champions!

  38. stlouisfan says: Feb 26, 2016 2:28 PM

    Too bad Eddie doesn’t have everything single thing available to him like a personal trainer , a place to workout , a chef , a nutrition expert , team doctor , time, support staff…………oh wait…

  39. cheeseisfattening says: Feb 26, 2016 2:30 PM

    McCarthy is now trying to backtrack on publically shaming Lacy for being too fat. McCarthy just figured out that airing the player’s dirty laundry in public was not a great idea. The player’s were probably turning on McCarthy for doing that. What is this his first year as a head coach?

  40. marvin1958 says: Feb 26, 2016 6:47 PM

    “crownofthehelmet says:
    Feb 26, 2016 9:35 AM

    Le’Veon Bell’s body fat is 2.9%.”

    Think he’ll finish a season anytime soon?

  41. ariani1985 says: Feb 27, 2016 12:07 AM

    Mike McCheeseburger could drop 250 pounds and still have 3 chins to shave!

  42. dwhitehurst says: Feb 28, 2016 3:53 PM

    Honestly, I had thought Lacy looked about 260, and so needed to lose around 25pnds. You can’t expect any player to be at their Combine weight forever as they still can have growth till their mid-twenties. So Lacy was about 230 coming out. I’d say a goal of losing 25 pnds is a little more reasonable than 30 pnds. But from what he looked like this past season, no one can deny he needs to drop weight. Stay off or at least strictly reduce the bread, sugar, dairy, then keep up with lifting regimen and add High-Interval training 30 minutes/day and he’ll shed that weight very quickly. Not that hard to do for a man in his mid-twenties.

  43. dwhitehurst says: Feb 28, 2016 3:59 PM

    If Lacy can’t show progress in his conditioning by April Draft time, then Packers have to look at drafting his replacement. Would love another Bama RB. Two good prospects from there in this draft

  44. hrmlss says: Mar 2, 2016 2:05 PM

    He moves well for a 300lb man.

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