The reason for running back Eddie Lacy’s lack of involvement in the Green Bay Packers’ win over the Detroit Lions has come to light.
He was being punished because he missed curfew on Wednesday night. Also punished for the same offense: running back Alonzo Harris, who got the much more severe punishment of losing his spot on the roster.
So at least now we know why Lacy, coming off two consecutive 100-yard games, wasn’t involved Thursday night.
He was out on the town screwing around and Mike McCarthy felt like he needed to send a message.
“It’s something that we handled internally, and that was the outcome,” McCarthy said on Friday.
Without Lacy, the Packers running game was pretty much nonexistent. They managed just 67 yards against the Lions and their leading rusher was Aaron Rodgers, with 27 of those yards.
We get it, though.
Both McCarthy and Rodgers have been harping on preparation — or the persistent lack thereof — for what seems like a while now. This would certainly fall into that category.
“He needs to build off his preparation,” McCarthy said. “He’s put up some yards in the prior games, but he can be better. We need to be better as a team, frankly. I discussed this in our team meeting. There’s a lot more to give. The fine details are not where we want them to be. There’s a formula for us to get it there. That was made clear to our players and with the expectations and the commitment that we’ve made to each other, and we’ve got to do a better job. We’re not clicking for four quarters in all three areas, and that’s what we’re working for.”
So, how about you pull your shit together, Ed?
Okay I understand the disciplinary action but why was he given any carries would he have played more if he had more success with those attempts ❓
This after #12 made it clear that the team lack preparation – Beginning to doubt if Eddy has the maturity
Hope they took away his Madden 2015 as part of the deal …
Well…when he did come in to play, he gave McCarthy no reason to keep giving him the rock.
I remember back when he was drafted, the scouting report on him was he wasn’t committed to football, or that was the sense they got.
I wrote once before, that the Packers are fed up with trying to get him, to get in shape. It’s no secret that he’s carrying an extra 25 lbs or more, ((look at the picture on top of this article).
He’s talented. but he doesn’t seem to have the self motivation to utilize the talent he has. If he doesn’t care, then we shouldn’t either i guess. He looks more like Raji, than a running back that has goals of being a impact player in the NFL. I mean, seriously, take the dreads away, slap the #90 on him, and who do you have?
“We want to apologize second hand for the curfew violation of Mr. Lacy. On December the 2nd, Mr. Lacy, whom regularly patrons our establishment nightly, would refuse to leave after our 10 PM nightly closure though he arrived some time around 8 PM. He even made feeble attempts to bribe members of our wait staff to stay open late, saying quote ‘If y’all jus gonna throw all that out I might as well jus finish it all, ya think.’ ”
-Todd McCallahan, Regional General Manager & Spokesman of Mid-West Old Country Buffet’s.
“After a police escort out, evidently Mr. Lacy went driving around looking for a fast food restaurant open late.”
He’s young, wants to party and get laid. Just like a lot of us when we were that age. The difference is, he could make a hell of a lot of cash if he refocused.
This is probably not the first time for Lacy and Harris. I think the players should be more disciplined based on what they are paid. The reality is when you have 53 + employees you will have some of these things happen in any business. It is human nature.
Didn’t Max McGee and some others in the past have similar issues? When caught they were disciplined just like Lacy and Harris. I believe McGee caught a couple of TD’s in a super bowl after having a hard night. I kind of like those stories. Times have changed. The one thing that always stays the same is once those long nights start affecting you work production to the point of not being a benefit to your employer you are gone.
The difference is Max McGee was a proven commodity at the end of his career.
He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 5th round (51st overall) of the 1954 NFL Draft. He played 11 seasons during which time he helped the team to six NFL championship appearances. He was a Pro Bowl selection during the 1961 season.
There is plenty of time to party in the offseason. I always thought that Jerome Bettis looked overweight, but he always had the performance to back it up. The “bus” probably have been benched if he had 5 carries for 4 yards. If Eddie would have had 20 or 25 yards for those same 5 carries, his punishment likely would have ended with just not starting the game.
McCarthy might be smart here. If he gives Lacy zero carries, people wonder if he is hurt. He gives him just enough to establish he is healthy, ruin the injury cover and make it clear he is being punished. When asked if it is a punishment he doesn’t deny it (Which, for a guy as tight lipped as Mac, means it totally is). Then he won’t even discuss it so it doesn’t become a back and forth, so Eddie doesn’t get to discuss it much either so he can’t start making excuses. I like the arm twisting interpersonal leverage. That’s how you do it.
Crocket wants to play, he’s fresh, he’s pretty darn good. Fuck Lacy and the horse he road in on. You would think that the organization is tired of baby sitting this pretender! I see the rest of the team working hard and are proud to be a part of this organization. Lacy has no heart.
He just wants to survive to the 2nd contract.
Remember when the Cowboys had to hire a babysitter for Dez so someone could keep an eye on him so he didn’t get in trouble?
Now this fucktard needs one also, but it’s about 2 years 2 late to keep him out of pizza hut and golden corral.
At some point when a player doesn’t give a shit, the team needs to stop giving a shit as well. I’d rather have a good team guy who gives you everything he can week in and week out, then some guy who gives you 3 good games a season.
since the loss to the Lions, and the ensuing uproar, it is good to see the coaching emphasis on focus and discipiine leading, albeit slowly to continually improved discipline on the field as we enter the last important quarter of the regular season. MM must be reading some of our articles here on TP, because he seems to be stepping his authority and leadership up to the next level, and it shows, as they fight to get this talented team’s fighting mien turned around. i was esp. pleased with the discipline the O line showed even tho they were obviously hurting… but improved prep for the patched up O squad coming together like they did was heartening.
now we got to find out why mason crosby’s kicking toe seems to cramp up when he is playing the Lions? hopefully it is not pressure.
btw if the coaches last year had emphasized disciplline more, we would not have had Mike Daniels going “bonkers boneheaded” charging the shithawks bench and turning an easy TD from a first quarter turnover into a first and fifteen additional yards, resulting in a FG.
those four points we gave them back due to poor coaching/discipline also could have covered the final regulation score delta, and SB history might have been likely different last season.
anyway if MM has got his finger on it this time, and they continue to prep and coach discipline, focus and ball security, etc. then we should continue to improve and, unlike last year coming into the playoffs “under the radar” but in fighting trim, ready to knock off the favorites, for the first time since 2010 season!
I think you’re right, gort. Lacy’s initial benching was punishment for behavior. He got a chance and did nothing, and his second benching was for performance. Crockett came in, had he same number of carries (5), and got a couple first downs.