This whole Eddie Lacy saga is getting dumber by the day. On Tuesday evening it was reported that Lacy would miss several weeks because of an injured ankle. Then Lacy decided he was going to see a specialist and get a second opinion. On Wednesday morning, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy wouldn’t even rule Lacy out of Thursday night’s game.
“He’s going to have to have a wonderful, great 24 hours to play in the game,” McCarthy said. “We’ll see what tomorrow brings, but he will be working in the large rehab group today.”
Do we buy that Lacy actually has a chance to play on Thursday? No we do not.
And here is where the real stupidity in this whole ordeal lies.
First of all, let’s get this out of the way. Lacy has been having himself a nice season thus far, even though he’s an afterthought in the offensive game plan. He has 71 carries for 360 yards and four touchdowns. Most telling is his 5.1 yard average. That’s robust, but as we said, he’s an afterthought in the game plan. Lacy hasn’t even carried the ball 20 times in a game this season. His high, on two occasions, was 17 carries.
More importantly, there is a discernible difference in the offense’s effectiveness when Lacy is on the field. Defenses worry about stopping Lacy, so the Packers’ offense actually looks decent at times. Not so when he isn’t out there.
And now he probably won’t be out there for a while. Why?
Failure. Something we have all become accustomed to over the past year.
Lacy never should have been on the field last week against Dallas. His ankle injury, which he suffered the week before, clearly wasn’t healed enough for him to go. So now it’s worse because he played on it.
Of course, with James Starks also injured, the Packers really didn’t have much of a choice but to play Lacy. For whatever reason, they didn’t have another tailback on the roster.
So the stupidity starts with Ted Thompson for not stocking his roster with the proper players. It then flows down to Mike McCarthy for playing a guy that shouldn’t have been playing.
You think you saw some bad offense before? Just wait until you see what this shitshow looks like without Eddie Lacy.