Packers RB Coach Believes Eddie Lacy Can Lead The NFL In Rushing

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 | 0


Green Bay Packers second-year running back Eddie Lacy blossomed into a star in his first year in the NFL in 2013, running for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns with star quarterback Aaron Rodgers on the sidelines for most of the year with a broken collarbone.

Rodgers is back this year, and Lacy figures to be in an even more prominent role in 2014. With the Packers loaded on offense and ready to put up an insane amount of points, running back coach Sam Gash recently spoke up to The Milwaukee Sentinel Journal to give high praise to Lacy, noting that the Alabama alum could definitely lead the NFL in rushing:

“Without a doubt. He has the capability of being the leading rusher and maybe even combined yards if he catches a lot of balls. I absolutely do think that. I think he’s a bell cow. He’s a big guy, and he’s physical.”

The glaring vote of confidence from Gash is just the latest in a long series of offseason hype and promise for Lacy, who rates as one the top five backs in fantasy football heading into 2014. Much of that success will be predicated on Lacy’ high volume of touches, which means he’ll have to be on the field for three down sets.

That decision ultimately rests on head coach Mike McCarthy, but Gash said if it was up to him, Lacy would be out there every play just like he’s trained to be:

“That’s coach’s call. But I have trained him as a three-down back. He will be ready to go.”

Indeed it is the coach’s call, but if his play from last year were any indication, it’d be foolish for the Packers not to ride their bell cow into the playoffs. All the pieces are in place for Green Bay, and they’ve never had a running back this good since Rodgers took over as starter.

Although they should be airing it out a ton as well, Lacy’s grinding style of running could help the Packers control the clock a bit more.

Rodgers spoke up about this, believing that they got better in the rushing department last year. At the end of the day, however, he said the team has to adhere to what gets the job done:

“We did a better job of it last year,” he said. “We’re always searching for balance, but we’ve got to play to our strengths.”

With an arsenal like thy have, it’s hard to see what isn’t a strength for Green Bay.

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Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.

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