Eddie Lacy: I’m not hurt, I’m not overweight, I don’t know what it is

AP

Why is Packers running back Eddie Lacy playing so badly? Some people say his ankle is bothering him. Others say he’s overweight. Lacy says neither of those is the case.

Shortly after coach Mike McCarthy announced that James Starks has been promoted above Lacy on the depth chart, Lacy told reporters in Green Bay that he’s not sure why he’s struggling, but his ankle is fine and he’s not too heavy.

I honestly don’t know what it is,” Lacy said, via Michael Cohen of the Journal Sentinel. “Definitely, I’m off to a different start. I’m not playing how I was the previous two years. Later on in the season, maybe it’ll pick back up. But as of right now, this is just the move that is going to be. This season [Starks] has definitely been the better player between the both of us. That’s just the move.”

Lacy has yet to record a 100-yard game this year, and in the last four games he has a grand total of 33 carries for just 78 yards, with three fumbles. He’s not complaining about the decision to demote him because he knows it’s the right move for the team.

“Who knows how long it’s going to be like this,” Lacy said. “Maybe things pick back up for me and it’s right back and we’re never having this discussion again. You don’t know where this could lead to. But as of right now, for the team, this is pretty much the best move.”

The Packers have to be pleased that Lacy is handling his demotion with class. Even if they would have preferred that he play well enough that he wouldn’t have to be demoted at all.

144 responses to “Eddie Lacy: I’m not hurt, I’m not overweight, I don’t know what it is

  1. As a Packer fan I hope Eddie figures out what the problem is real soon.. Maybe he has a touch of Trent Richardson Syndrome.

  2. Not overweight? What? His conditioning is not good. He is over weight, especially considering he a is a professional athlete. He is not a lineman. He should be trying to drop about 15 lbs.

  3. I think I would have gone with the “my ankle is hurt” bit, at least with the public who will always be filled with doubters. Lacy has shown he can be a top back in the league, if it’s not an injury or being overweight it must be in his head. Only being a fan and not a player I have never been able to understand these issues that players deal with, maybe it’s just the pressure that comes with success.

  4. Fat Eddie, isn’t that what he’s called? You don’t get that nickname by not being overweight.

  5. After Mark Ingram lost a few lbs a couple years ago it has rejuvenated his career. I’m sure if Richardson’s weight and conditioning was under control it would’ve benefited him. Lacy could lose 15 easy…all he needs is a little extra speed and he’ll be scary

  6. patfic15 says:
    Nov 12, 2015 9:49 AM
    No, Eddie. You’re just a Bama RB.
    ____
    Who would’ve thought that Ingram would be the best of the bunch and he’s nothing special really…

  7. Me thinks teams know the Packers can’t/won’t beat them deep due to Nelson’s injury and Rodgers continuously checking down, throwing screens, and otherwise passing his stats even more than usual. So just rally and tackle everything short while sending guys after Rodgers. If Lacy gets a handoff, he’s to fat and slow to make anyone miss so it’s an easy tackle but you don’t have to worry about him.

  8. juice08 says:
    Nov 12, 2015 9:42 AM

    I’m sure the Vikings trolls will stop by to let us know exactly what it is.

    ———-

    And you guys troll Viking topics to let us know what Teddy Bridgewater is. So don’t go there.

  9. When you’re an NFL running back you have to run for as long as possible before being tackled once you are given the ball. Eddie doesn’t do this. You also have to be almost angry when someone tries to tackle you. Eddie isn’t. You also have to make guys miss, so that you can run further. Eddie doesn’t do this. And your offensive line has to prevent tacklers from getting to your running back so that he can run further. Packers o-line doesn’t do this.

    And he’s fat.

  10. Seriously, you and your coaching staff can’t just decide that you’ll be good. Some players aren’t good, whether it’s mind, body, or whatever, most players we see on the field are somewhere in the middle 80% of the talent spectrum. That’s Eddie Lacy. You already have two consecutive HOF quarterbacks, don’t expect every skill player on the team to be great or even good.

  11. Everyone can tell he is overweight, unless he is making the move to fullback. He is too heavy to have the kind of quickness needed to hit the hole. He is running with heavy feet.

  12. Hey, I like this defense. When something is wrong, just sit there and confess that it isn’t happening.

    Tuscaloosa logic at its finest…….

  13. juice08 says:
    Nov 12, 2015 9:42 AM

    I’m sure the Vikings trolls will stop by to let us know exactly what it is.
    ————————————–
    Kind of like what the Packer trolls do for every single Viking thread which it would be nice for both team fans to stop the BS.

    I don’t consider myself a troll since I don’t comment much in other team threads. Lacy is a decent RB but if I were to guess by looking at him I would think he’s somewhat overweight. I’m not sure what he weighs now compared to previously but he does look heavier. I’m sure whatever the issue is he will get it fixed. Packer or not, I’d hate to see a good talent career go down. Stay classy Eddie. You’ll figure it out.

  14. Rodgers can’t make him look better, when he won’t help himself look better.

    Drop 20 lbs, work on conditioning, and he would probably be having a good season.

    I’m starting to think that, Wisconsin isn’t a place for eddie… Bars every quarter mile, so stopping for a blatz, and brat 6 times on the way home from practice, and spending time in the offseason at the AP ball handling skills has basically made him gain 20 extra pounds, and a little fumbleitis.

  15. I don’t understand why GB doesn’t give Harris a few reps- is he that bad, doesn’t practice hard, misses assignments? What gives?

  16. A healthy 25 yr old athlete doesn’t just completely lose it overnight. I’d start looking at off the field stuff.

  17. I’m a Packer Fan here. People can call him all the names under the bus. But when your O line has been getting beat every play, and down 26 points of course his numbers will be down. I believe the play calling is part of the problem.

  18. juice08,
    You’re confusing Vikings Fans with Packer’s fans.
    Packer fans are the one obsessed with the Vikings and somehow related everything to them regardless of the topic.

    As evidenced quite clearly by you.

    Your team, your player, an article about him and nothing other than him and the team.

    And yet YOU are the FIRST to jump in and post on the article, and of course.. it has nothing to do with the article or content. Just a swipe at Vikings fans saying they will show up to tell you why Eddy Lacy is not doing well.

    Geesh…

  19. One bit of advice. When you get the ball, don’t look for a pile of 8 or 10 huge bodies and then run into the back of them and stop. Instead, and this is just me, a non football player, turn right or left and try to run around them. Two bodies can’t occupy the same place at the same time. Physics.

  20. It’s simple, he’s off the roids from Bama…look at how much weight Mark Ingram had to lose to be worth a damn. Trent Richardson had to leave behind the roids too, see his lack of production. Derrick Henry is the exact same, and watch someone overreach on him in the draft.

  21. Its crazy that Mark Ingram is the best RB out the Alabama bunch of Lacy, Richardson and Ingram..

  22. i’ll give him credit for not crying about it or throwing other people under the bus
    )

    As out of shape as he is, he couldn’t throw a doughnut “at” a bus. Not that he would give up a doughnut.

  23. “Definitely, I’m off to a different start. I’m not playing how I was the previous two years. Later on in the season, maybe it’ll pick back up. But as of right now, this is just the move that is going to be.

    Signed
    Lendale White
    Trent Richardson
    Marcus Dupree

  24. Ok. Let’s pretend the reason isn’t because he’s slower and fatter than ever.

    Another reason could be that defenses simply don’t have to worry about Rodgers as much. He currently ranks 17th in the NFL in passing yards. He’s averaging anywhere between 35-40 less passing yards per game than in the past. And that is after the Packers defense has given up two huge leads and the Packers had to pass to get back into those games (and still lost).

    Or how about because Jordy Nelson (the “next man up” hasn’t manned up) is gone. Defenses simply don’t have to give up the run now against the Packers because they are so worried about the passing game.

    In other words, Eddie. You are not only fat and slow, but your past success was clearly because defenses had to worry about Rodgers, and only Rodgers, in the past.

    Also, when Rodgers is merely good, and not great, the Packers lose. They usually wait until playoff time for that to happen, but they are ahead of schedule this year.

    I have no doubt the Packers are still a good team in the NFL, because they still have Aaron Rodgers. But this team is also clearly coming back to the Pack (pun intended). I believe the window is closed on any Superbowl runs for the Packers.

  25. “Who knows how long it’s going to be like this,” Lacy said. “Maybe things pick back up for me and it’s right back and we’re never having this discussion again.”

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    It’s one thing to support the team. But holy cow. This sounds like a guy that has given up and just doesn’t care. I mean, don’t you want a guy that is being benched to have at least a little fire in his belly and not be ok with the benching?

  26. The guys has put up 1500 plus yards from scrimmage and 10 plus TDs in each of his first two seasons. Writing him off now would be a mistake. Then again it’s mostly Viking fans calling him a bust, and I can see why they give up on people so easily. 52 season of failure changes a man’s outlook.

  27. “Who knows how long it’s going to be like this,” Lacy said. “Maybe things pick back up for me and it’s right back and we’re never having this discussion again. You don’t know where this could lead to. But as of right now, for the team, this is pretty much the best move.”

    Wow. He certainly doesn’t sound like someone who wants it badly. A true competitor would be irate that he lost his starting job – even if deep down inside he thought it was best for the team.

  28. there is no problem. you were never that good to begin with and for whatever reason, you were over rated every single year even though there was zero reasoning behind it and an average runner at best. you played well in college b/c you had the most dominant O Line in the country (which is the case year after year at Al… just ask Trent, TJ, Mark to name a few). teams would drop as many as possible into coverage knowing GB is a pass first team and now with nelson out defense can play with one less in coverage and now you have to actually run against a defense capable of stopping the run and you just aren’t very good when the odds are even. what makes you go from average to bad is that you are also fat and injury prone.

  29. Answer-Nelson is hurt, field isn’t stretched, throwing lanes are clogged, defenses can load up, running lanes closed.

  30. Throw him under the bus? He is clearly trying to EMULATE “The Bus.” The game is too fast for that kind of RB anymore. It’s incredibly obvious to any observer that he’s carrying too much weight.

    Coach should ask him to run a timed 40 and show him how much speed he’s lost due to the weight he’s gained. It’s not rocket science. He should actually realize it himself already, as should his coaches, but McCarthy is not a good coach – I think that’s obvious to objective observers, too.

  31. lombardihero says:
    Nov 12, 2015 9:47 AM

    As a Packer fan I hope Eddie figures out what the problem is real soon.. Maybe he has a touch of Trent Richardson Syndrome.
    _____

    That’s so 2014. We’re calling it Eddie Lacy Syndrome now.

  32. Regardless of how much their running game struggles, Aaron Rodgers still gives this team a VERY good chance to win on any day, any game against anybody.
    He is just that good.
    And this is from a die-hard Vikings Fan.

    Dude is flat-out maybe the best ever.

    Counting out Green Bay at this point is a teensy bit premature…

  33. sconnyslovethemsomecousins says:
    Nov 12, 2015 10:30 AM

    Lacy jerseys have been replaced by Lacy moo-moo’s in the Packer Pro Shop at Lambeau. Get ’em while you can!
    _________

    You’re joking, but I’ve been to that Pro Shop and they have literally everything you can imagine there.

  34. Remember when people were saying Eddie Lacy was better than Adrian Peterson because he managed to put up two 1,100-yard seasons? Lacy was running against 6-man fronts while Peterson was running against 8-man fronts. Now that Lacy is facing normal defenses because the passing game has fallen off a bit, he’s showing himself to just not be very special.

  35. Interesting that this is James starks contract year, while next year is Eddie.. Money is a pretty good motivator.
    _____________________________________

    James Starks is only in the last year of his contract because GB only up’d his last contract which expired last year to 1 year. Starks has always had great spurts but he is a 10-15 carry back. If he goes over 15 carries and even further over 20 carries he has a hard time being as elusive and strong.

    This is coming from a lifelong Viking fan. I think Lacey is definitely overweight but he is the guy you want pounding the rock 20+ times.

    Last year the Vikings lost Peterson because of reasons we all know about and Asiata and McKinnon picked up the slack. Neither of those two are AP and last year McKinnon was playing the current GB version of Starks. Better talent but for little less on field time.

    I can’t wait until 11/22 and the last game of season, this is going to come down to the wire I believe.

  36. kissmysandwich says:
    Nov 12, 2015 10:19 AM
    Vikings trolls? LOL Coming from someone who was probably among the Packer trolls claiming Lacy was better than Peterson….bahehehehehehe….and you are?”
    =============================================

    As a neutral fan and longtime reader of PFT, I have to say that Vikings fans are far more trolling on Packers threads than Packers fans on Vikings threads. With Vikings threads, there are a few Packers troll posts However, with Packers threads, it’s guaranteed at least half to 3/4 of the posts are by Vikings trolls.

    Just my two cents as a fan of neither team.

  37. Give him credit for not being a cry baby. All players go through slumps. He’ll bust out in time.

  38. You don’t know what it is? Through the process of elimination, how about starting with fat? Try that. The other stuff will work itself out.

  39. Rest for three weeks, get in better shape, and prepare for the late-season games. Green Bay will need him then and there is no reason to believe he won’t give them what they need.

  40. Doesn’t matter who you are, or who you cheer for, if you are looking at these numbers, there is no one who doesn’t take the 2nd rd pick over the 1st rd pick. Did I mention that you don’t even have to give up 4 draft picks for the 2nd rounder? Only one of them is a BUST.

    SECOND RD PICK
    2013: 284 attempts – 1178 yds – 4.1 ave
    *7th in rushing, 3rd in TDs, Off ROY

    2014: 246 attempts – 1139 yds – 4.6 ave
    *7th in rushing, 7th in TDs

    2015: 83 attempts – 308 yds – 3.7 ave
    *37th in rushing, 32nd in TDs

    FIRST RD PICK (gave up 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th)
    2013: 45 catches – 469 yds – 4 TDs +3 Rushing TDs
    *38th in receiving, 48th in TD’s

    2014: 33 catches – 384 yds – 1 TD
    *87th in receiving, 112th in TDs

    2015: 2 catches – 10yds – 0TDs
    *168th in receiving, NO TDs

  41. joetoronto says:
    Nov 12, 2015 9:46 AM
    The guy has a gut that protrudes from his body and he says he’s not overweight.

    ===================================

    No, he is just aerodynamic. Lol

  42. The Adrian Peterson curse!

    This happens to every RB when a fanbase gets too excited and crowns them the “Next AP”. Not so fast Eddie lol

    Victims of the curse:

    Chris Johnson
    LeSean McCoy
    Arian Foster
    Eddie Lacy

    Whose next?

  43. When I see a guy who can barely get his head in his helmit. that’s overweight. His legs are bigger than Red Woods and he is way to slow to the hole. A great conditioning program without that fat foods would do him well.

    I still say him and his buddy from Alabama, the oft cut Trent Richardson open a bar together called the “Also Rans”.

  44. sansbushman says:
    Nov 12, 2015 12:23 PM
    joetoronto says:
    Nov 12, 2015 9:46 AM
    The guy has a gut that protrudes from his body and he says he’s not overweight.

    ===================================

    No, he is just aerodynamic. Lol

    ———————————————————-

    Now that ther is just dang puny

  45. trapshoot says:
    Nov 12, 2015 12:08 PM
    Give him credit for not being a cry baby. All players go through slumps. He’ll bust out in time.

    ======================================

    Ya like his good buddy Trent R. He broke right out of the league intirely

  46. Eddie,
    YOU HAVE A GUT.

    You are a professional athlete and YOU HAVE A GUT.

    Just because you have been able to produce for your first 24 years with this gut it just means that you have incredible natural ability, however…YOU HAVE A GUT.

    A professional athlete with a gut is officially fat.

  47. Lotta proclamations and certainty here. Packers are 6-2. Lost two games to undefeated teams in their home stadiums. Lots of football left to play and lots of room for improvement. Im looking forward to an exciting second half of the season. Packers are a draft and develop team and they definitely have players that are working on the practice squad and others who are getting healthier so lets just wait and see how this unfolds. Go Pack Go.

  48. I’ll take Lacy’s and Starks’ stats over Peterson’s stats every time. This isn’t Madden or fantasy football. This is real football where the ONLY stat that matters is wins and losses.

    Since drafting Adrian Peterson, the Vikings are a paltry 4-12-1 vs the Packers.

    Since drafting Eddie Lacy, the Packers are undefeated vs the Vikings and have won the division every year.

    Since drafting James Starks, the Packers are 9-1-1 vs the Vikings and have won the division every year except for 2010, when the Packers went into the playoffs as a wild card and went on to win their 4th Super Bowl.

    But yes, please, tell us some more about the “great” Adrian Peterson and how much he’s done for the Vikings. It never gets old; and that, my purple friends, is the true benchmark of classic comedy.

  49. Lacy has always seemed like a RB that doesn’t really get moving until he’s past the line of scrimmage.

    I suspect the problem isn’t so much Lacy as it is with the passing game being down. It’s a slower receiving corps this year that are struggling to gain separation on routes.

    Consequently, defenses can commit more to the run and Lacy isn’t getting that opportunity to get a head of steam into the second level. He’s a bruising back that can still be successful for the Packers (I suspect), but a lot of his game is predicated on a passing attack being so successful, defenses can’t commit to the run.

  50. Give him credit for not being a cry baby. All players go through slumps. He’ll bust out in time.

    Yeah, that jersey will bust out in another couple weeks if someone doesn’t get this guy on weight watchers

  51. The real problem is i drafted him in fantasy that is why he isnt good this year. IM the bad luck guy !

    i should of drafted brady and a bunch of broncos……

  52. He’s not fat, he’s just wide for his age. If he were just another 2 feet taller, he’d be perfectly proportionate.

  53. I don’t buy that he’s not hurt considering the fact that his bum ankle is still being taped up.

  54. All packer trolls were on the Lacy bandwagon claiming his superiority with the best RB of our generation-Adrian Peterson.

    Please, packer fans. Send the dude some Slim Fast, some Weight Watchers…..anything, because he is sooooo large.

    James Starks better have his sprint shoes on, or Lazy may just get mad and eat him.

    Blow pack Blow!!!!!

  55. Wow, 151 fat jokes. Classy. Going to be lots of cleaning up to do in mn today as their trolls just had a massive collective climax. losers

  56. I have been sitting here dying laughing at all these posts. The truth is you are all right – it is clear Eddie is overweight, and losing 20 pounds and gaining elite conditioning in the process could make him one of the best backs in the league for a decade. But here’s my basic question: isn’t that on the coaching staff to show Eddie that? To demand he lose the weight? To paint a picture of the trajectory his career is on (Trent Richardson’s trajectory) if he doesn’t make conditioning his number one priority?!?

    I saw that Eddie said something like – “I have never worried about my weight and I’m not going to start.” Isn’t it on the coaching staff to explain to the guy that this is something that happens to all men as they transition from their metabolic peak from 18-24 and into regular male adulthood – this awful slowing of the metabolism that requires you to eat less and work out more to keep your shape?!? It’s so basic, and you know there are 14 coaches and 35 players who could explain all of this to him, but no one has apparently! Eddie needs some nutritional training, and it’s on the Packers to give it to him! Otherwise they are throwing away an huge resource that they have invested a lot in – why? Because he can’t just figure it out himself?? We all need help sometimes – give him some help Pack!!!

  57. I’ll take Starks over Peterson any day of the week… when given the chance in a NFC championship game, Starks did not fumble away his opportunities.
    Two weeks later Starks was the bell cow that led us to an another Superbowl.

    Starks is wearing a ring… Peterson is not.

  58. RB’s in a contract year do seem to run hard. I.E. Demarco Murray.

    Anytime you lose a player like Jordy it’s going to affect every other aspect of your offense. That high safety doesn’t have to stay back now. They can drop more in the box. You just don’t have the space. A big dude like him needs a head of steam. Now you are getting hit in the back field more. So maybe he should shed some weight. become more nimble. Or pray Jordy comes back as strong as ever.

  59. McDonalds already has Ronald, the Hamburgler, Grimace, Fry-Guys, etc.

    Maybe Eddie could be the new mascot for McDonalds all day B-fast?

    It doesn’t sound like the whole running back thing is working out.

  60. Well dude, then get on a scale and instagram what it says to everyone and put an end to all the talk.

  61. Sorry guys/eddie….it’s my fault …I drafted you 4th overall in my fantasy draft. ..I put the kibosh on u this year….also my apologies to nick folk who I picked up last week as a replacement cause my kicker was on a bye.

  62. Wait…Packer fans assured assured he was better than Adrian Peterson.

    Wait…Packer fans assured everyone he was going to have a breakout season.

    Wait…Packer fans assured everyone that…well you get the picture.

  63. You know what, I get it.

    Packer fans LOVE to dish the trash talk when they are the ones doing it.

    BUT THEY CANT TAKE IT WHEN IT COMES BACK TO THEM.

    Grow up!

  64. I thought he was an asthmatic. Nothing puts more stress on your lungs (obvious he doesn’t smoke) then fat. Of all people I thought he would take care to maintain a certain weight and train a certain way to keep his lungs in shape.

  65. Thier is no sane person who can say Lacy is not overweight. He is the bus 2.0 just embrace it and move on but you buddy are definitely kind of fat especially for someone who trains and runs daily with professionals.

  66. You’d think the Viking trolls would be concerned about Oakland, instead of trying to convince themselves the Vikings are legit……at the expense of the Packers and Packer fans. I guess they can’t help themselves. They’re so giddy.

  67. ““Who knows how long it’s going to be like this,” Lacy said. “Maybe things pick back up for me and it’s right back and we’re never having this discussion again. You don’t know where this could lead to.”

    To me, this sounds like a guy that’s checked out. “Who knows”, “maybe” and “You don’t know” are not things a guy with any confidence says. He may turn it around, lose 20-30 lbs and be able to run hard again. But, with his current thought process, it doesn’t sound promising.

  68. ruvelligwebuike says:
    Nov 12, 2015 11:34 AM
    The guys has put up 1500 plus yards from scrimmage and 10 plus TDs in each of his first two seasons.
    *******************************************

    Except that he didn’t. He only broke 1500 yards in his second season.

    And he surely won’t do it this year.

    Packer fans are so impressed with by a RB that can break rush for a 1000 yards in a season they think they have a legendary player.

    Yes, Lacy won the Offensive Rookie of the Year. But that was a poor ROTY class. Really – a RB that started 15 games and only averaged 78.9 YPG/4.1 YPC wins ROTY?

    The closest I can come to a RB with similar stats winning ROTY is Cadillac Williams – and he outperformed Lacy with an 84.1 YPG average.

    How many posters here even know who Cadillac Williams was?

    In a few years, Lacy will be out of the NFL and be as “big” and as unknown as Cadillac Williams.

  69. Feastmode says he isn’t hurt, yet he was listed as having a groin injury on the crawl durine the TNF game last night. Who’s lying? Him or the Packers?

  70. The guys problem is simple. He isn’t playing with any urgency or fire. If and when any of that returns he’ll be a tough guy to play against. If it doesn’t it makes him easy to beat because he was never fast and never quick. His game is power and violence. He is playing with neither.

    His issues are between the ears.

  71. (Cue Polka music) “None of this matters. Aaron and the Magic Packers will win the Super Bowl this year.
    My aunt Emma’s bursitis is acting up again, and that’s a lock for a Packers Super Bowl win”.

  72. Word out, Lacy practiced all of last week so his not playing against the Lions was a benching and not injury related. He looks like he put on 50 pounds at least. This is not the way of a top second round pick the team was relying on to carry them to the playoffs. This is a guy who doesn’t freekin care. That’s what’s scary. You don’t put on weight in one day, its a process over time and you have to not care as it keeps adding up, to do nothing about it.
    Maybe Aaron Rogers made him feel bad.

  73. diveleft says:
    Nov 13, 2015 12:24 PM
    Feastmode says he isn’t hurt, yet he was listed as having a groin injury on the crawl durine the TNF game last night. Who’s lying? Him or the Packers?

    The packers must be since I read he practiced all of last week prior to the Lions game then didn’t suit up. He was benched. Oh, the bench broke actually.

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