2. Refocus Eddie Lacy
Jordy Nelson’s injury was disappointing. A close second was the decline in production for Eddie Lacy. Lacy arrived at camp out of shape, and his poor conditioning was problematic throughout the year.
All looked rosy in Week 1 as the Packers put together a strong offensive display against Chicago. Lacy rushed for 85 yards and a touchdown and appeared to be warming nicely into the season. But an ankle injury suffered early in the Week 2 win over Seattle began a series of struggles that he could never truly overcome.
Lacy had flashes of his former self throughout the season. His 100-yard displays against Minnesota, Chicago and Dallas reminded us just how talented he can be, although a costly fumble marred the strong performance against the Bears.
And fumbles were a consistent issue for not only Lacy, but James Starks too. Lacy fumbled with more frequency than he scored touchdowns, as did Starks. Poor ball security could have played a role in the firing of running backs coach Sam Gash at seasons end.
Lacy is entering a contract year and needs to return to camp as the tackle-breaking machine we came to love during his first two seasons in the league. That Eddie Lacy can help the Packers win a championship.
The coaches need to help ensure Lacy is focused, committed and ready to roll come September.
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