Eddie Lacy will make the Packers offense more physical. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Eddie Lacy - the Big Bang Theory



Looking at the current Green Bay Packers roster, General Manager Ted Thomas has achieved his goal of becoming a bigger, more physical football team with 27 defensive players.

They also have gotten bigger and more physical on offense. On an NFL football team, one position in particular can change the image of a football team from being – shall we say, less physical than their opponent – into becoming a hard physical team.

That position is running back. Nowhere will ripples run throughout the league more so than if a team like Green Bay can come up with a physical running game to complement an already explosive offense, one led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

With the defense having already gotten bigger, stronger, and more physical, the offense also has gotten more physical, hence the title of this article, “The Big Bang Theory.”

With the addition of a bruising running back like Eddie Lacy, along with a new found commitment to the running game, a back like Lacy can single-handedly change our image into a physical football team, more so than an entire defense could.  If he can consistently run close to how he ran against the Rams (eight carries for 40 yards), he alone would change our image in a hurry, sending the rest of the league into a feeling of dread.

Overlook the lost runs he had in the Seattle game and Kansas City games, because with Rodgers in the game, if they play eight man up close to the line of scrimmage, Rodgers will make them pay.

Football is the ultimate team sport, and if Lacy can get those tough yards down at the goal line and in short yardage, that is not only a help to the offense but the defense as well, keeping them off the field by keeping the chains moving.

Another good thing about Lacy is he is a good blocker and getting better in blitz pick-up. John Kuhn did not fare well last season as the third down back, so I see no reason to try him again.  I have had enough of third and 1, or fourth and one and Kuhn getting stuffed for a loss. Give the ball to Lacy.

Lacy can be the three-down back – so let him.

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  • Mike Brand

    lacy will work all the way til mm decides to pass all the time and putting cobb in as a rb just to have 1 more wr thats what killed us last year with the niners . harris was hurting the niners then ole mm decided lets just pass . sometimes you just have to question our coaching staff

    • WaJA

      If MM decides to stick with the plan of running more, as he spoke about in the off season and our defensive coaches actually did learn something at Tex A&M and our defense is better..

      UGH.. that is a lot of ifs. Isn’t it? *GRIN*

  • WaJA

    BINGO! This article is spot on! #27 is what makes the upcoming game against San Fran such a highly anticipated drama. Will Lacy’s lack of NFL experience mean he is a project only to get better as the year goes on? Or will he and #12 be in sync from game one? To me, that makes GB’s first game well worth watching. GREAT ARTCILE

  • VEEJ

    YIKES…NO. You cannot change a culture predicated on pass protecting into a physical run blocking oriented team with one avg. at best draft class. Let me help. 49ers= LT J Staley (Elite run and pass tackle); M Iupati (Elite run guard); J Goodwin (Elite run Center); A Boone (Elite Run Guard); A Davis (Elite run and pass tackle)….then Packers D. Bahktiari (talented but young and raw LT reserve); Josh Sitton (Elite Run and Pass Guard); EDS (Avg. Pass and Elite Run blocking Center); TJ Lang (Good Pass and Run Blocking Guard); Don Barclay (Avg Pass and Very Good Run blocking Tackle).

    Then the FB’s = Bruce Miller (converted D Linemen and punishing blocker) for San Fran vs. John Kuhn (excellent special team player and avg blocker) for GB.

    Then the backs = Eddie Lacy (unproven physical back) for Green Bay, Starks (powerful but injury and fumble prone), ???

    Vs. Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter….need I say more?

    I go also add Defense player by player, but do we really need to go through exercise? Well, we will see next Sunday, won’t we? And I am a Packer’s fan btw.

    • nicholas starling

      I agree with everything you said. I doubt our running game will look very good against the 49ers, but I’ll be hoping all the same.

  • JeffJ

    Ted “Thomas”?? Maybe proof read before submitting

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  • K.L.

    “Overlook the lost runs he had in the Seattle game and Kansas City games, because with Rodgers in the game, if they play eight man up close to the line of scrimmage, Rodgers will make them pay.”

    So true. We all saw how well Lacy can run when Rodgers is on the field. He will have an awesome season if he stays healthy.

  • CLW

    At Bama, Lacey was a man among boys. So far his only good game, was against the Rams. The blocking wasn’t there for any effective running attack. I hope that will change beginning at SF.

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