Despite a decent statistical performance this season — 910 rushing yards and six total touchdowns in 17 games — Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy is deep in the doghouse.
The Packers have tried several approaches with Lacy, a former Alabama standout, including soliciting advice from Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban.
Following a heartbreaking playoff loss this past weekend, Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy outlined a new plan: tough love.
“He’s got a lot of work to do,” McCarthy said (via GreenBayPressGazette.com‘s Weston Hodkiewicz). “I think I’m stating the obvious. His offseason last year was not good enough and he never recovered from it. I had a chance to talk to Eddie today and that was pretty much the majority of our whole conversation. So he has to get it done because he cannot play at the weight that he played at this year.”
Lacy entered the season weighing 234 pounds (according to the team). Alabama’s website reported Lacy to be 220 pounds entering his junior season in 2012.
Update: The Packers have fired running backs coach Sam Gash, according to Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.