The Arizona Cardinals eliminated the Green Bay Packers this past weekend, forcing head coach Mike McCarthy to begin looking ahead to next season. Following an uncharacteristically disappointing season on the offensive side of the ball, McCarthy had some choice words for one of their key contributors.
McCarthy boldly stated: “Eddie Lacy, he’s got a lot of work to do. His offseason last year was not good enough, and he never recovered from it. He cannot play at the weight he was at this year.”
It’s a surprisingly direct remark by the normally reserved McCarthy, but one that appears necessary. After consecutive 1,100-yard rushing seasons to start his career, Lacy stumbled to 758 rushing yards on 187 carries this year. He was also benched two different times during the season for various reasons.
Listed on the depth chart at 5’11”, 234 pounds, Lacy looked like a far cry from the tackle-breaking, deceptively elusive back seen in his first two seasons.
Each Packers game served as evidence that Lacy was out of shape, but none more so than their most recent postseason loss. Lacy found a wide-open crease with nothing but green grass in front of him, but huffed and puffed his way to a 61-yard run before getting run down. It was the kind of play any other running back in the NFL would’ve scored on.
Unless Lacy wants to be moved from running back to the offensive line, he will need to shed a few pounds before next season.