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Mike McCarthy calls out Eddie Lacy over weight issues

According to the Packers' head coach, the oversized running back needs to get in shape this offseason.

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During his season-ending press conference, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy made some atypically candid comments about Eddie Lacy, namely the running back's ongoing battle with his weight.

"Eddie has a lot of work to do," McCarthy said. "I'm stating the obvious. His offseason last year was not what it should be and he never recovered from it. I talked to Eddie today and that was pretty much the majority of the conversation. He cannot play at the weight he did this year."

The topic of Lacy's conditioning weighed on the Packers throughout the season. McCarthy benched the star tailback multiple times, most likely as a form of motivation. Lacy did rebound late in the year and during the postseason, but he still never matched his performance from previous seasons.

Lacy has one year remaining on the contract he signed as a rookie. With his third season now complete, the Packers can technically open negotiations on an extension. However, with Lacy's weight such a serious concern, it seems unlikely the team begins talks for a new deal in the near future.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an NFL writer for SB Nation and Sports on Earth and is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.