Last week, Lacy sent a tweet detailing a 30-day workout plan set to begin on June 1 as he attempts to enter training camp in the best shape of his life. That dedication to fitness had to begin sooner for Lacy to cash in on some of the incentive money in his new deal.
Lacy’s weight has been something of an ongoing fascination of the football cognoscenti. Back in March, Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Lacy weighed in at 267 for one of his free-agent team visits.
Last year, the Seahawks’ run game ranked 23rd in efficiency by Football Outsiders, after finishing third, first, seventh and first the previous four years, respectively.
The addition of Eddie Lacy beefs up the backfield that already boasted pint-sized bulldozer Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise. The trio could form the most dynamic backfield in the NFL, if they stay healthy.
It’s the second release for Cox in the last seven months. The corner was cut by the Titans in late November after recording 42 tackles and three interceptions in 11 games for Tennessee. Seattle signed Cox in January after DeShawn Shead suffered an ACL injury in the Seahawks’ playoff loss to Atlanta. Around the NFL’s Chris Wesseling wrote in January that the 30-year-old Cox had a chance to carve out a role with a strong training camp, but he won’t get that opportunity in Seattle.
The Seahawks swapped one former Titan with another, announcing the signing of defensive end David Bass in the release. Bass has appeared in 49 games over four seasons, registering 85 tackles, two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and one forced fumble while playing for the Titans and Bears.
It’s easy for a fan to say let it go already, but in a way it’s kind of endearing that the team’s core players have carried the burden this long. We often paint today’s football players as distant from the rag-tag, pre-free agency gladiators who were synonymous with one team throughout their careers. This, at least, shows us that wins and losses still resonate.
As for the practical matter at hand (winning games this season and cheap jerseys and returning to the Super Bowl), this all falls on coach Pete Carroll. Carroll has made a living off of his ability to create positive atmospheres and if this is still festering somewhere deep inside the locker room, he needs to find a way to weed it out for good.
“A person that’s dedicating their life to creating change, why wouldn’t you want that type of leadership in your locker room? Why wouldn’t you want to give (a chance to) a person that’s dealt with people calling him wanting to kill him because of his choices in life? I don’t know why people feel like that is a problem,” Bennett said.
“I think Kaepernick getting an opportunity to be on our team would be really cool, really a good base for him because you have a coach like Coach (Pete) Carroll who’s up for challenges like that, you have an owner who … gives back to homeless, you’ve got players on your team that give back in the community, you’ve got Russell Wilson, who shows our team is built around community. So this is a perfect place for him.”
If you’re picking a team that could represent the NFC in this year’s Super Bowl, the sexy choice would be the Dallas Cowboys. They’ve got the best record in the conference (at 8-1) along with two rookie sensations that are only improving with each passing week (quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott). If you’re using more sophisticated logic, then it’s wiser to start thinking about Seattle as the team to beat on that front. The Cowboys may be more fascinating, but the Seahawks look more dangerous at this stage.
This is what happens when you walk into the Patriots’ backyard and earn a hard-fought victory. It’s also the result of overcoming injuries, finding a way to acclimate unproven players in key roles and refusing to allow a slow start to infect an entire season. “The resolve, the focus and the leadership we have allows us to be in moments like this,” said Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll after his team improved to 6-2-1. “We’ve got experience and the right type of guys. We’ve been banged up all year … [but] it feels like our guys are really ready to make this turn and see how far we can take this thing.”