“You hope they play you two-shell defense all day when Eddie’s in the backfield,” coach Mike McCarthy told the paper. “But there’s more to it than that, too, because you don’t want to be one-dimensional one way or the other. We’ve lived that life where we were heavy one-dimensional throwing it, and you’d like to have balance. It makes it easier, puts a little less stress on your quarterback, your best player.”
Lacy overcame those 8-man fronts to rush for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns.
"The experience of losing Aaron last year has helped the development of our running game," coach Mike McCarthy said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Running the ball against eight-man fronts is something you have to do in this league. Usually for us, it’s been more situational.
"But to do it on an every-down basis has been a real benefit for us. I think we can expand off that."
Lacy had 284 carries for 1,178 yards (4.1 yards per carry), with 11 touchdowns and 35 catches for 257 yards last year but played in over 80 percent of a game's snaps just four times out of 16 games according to ProFootballFocus.com, suggesting he focused on the first two downs for much of the season.
"Just point him in the right direction and let him go," Gash continued. "Just talk to him about the little things, the part about being a pro. He’s a young guy and he plays hard, but there’s an art to being a pro. I’m definitely not going to mess him up. That’s something I learned a long time, let runners run."
Gash, a former fullback who blocked for Curtis Martin, said Lacy reminds him of Martin in some respects. Martin made the Hall of Fame after rushing for 14,101 yards and 90 touchdowns in his career.
The awards for the 2013 NFL season were announced Saturday, and
Lacy, the 61st overall pick out of Alabama, had 284 carries for 1,178 yards (4.1 yards per carry), with 11 touchdowns in his first year in the league. Richardson, a first-round pick out of Missouri, registered 77 tackles and 3.5 sacks while starting all 16 games this season for the Jets.
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