The Facts: HC Mike McCarthy knows that Lacy takes (and delivers) punishment that other backs don't because of his bulldozer running style. McCarthy said he's not concerned with changing Lacy's willingness to run over people instead of around them, and that the best way to preserve him is to limit his touches. "It's a learning experience," McCarthy said. "I'm conscientious of how many times each guy touches the ball, how much each guy plays, especially the running back. I think you have to be smart there."
Diehards Line: In terms of carries, Lacy's average per game last season didn't even crack the top 10 in the NFL last season. He ranked 13th with 15.4. McCarthy said the 246 attempts he gave Lacy didn't reach the target he had set, but he liked the way he limited Lacy's snaps and carries early in the season and increased them down the stretch. In 34 games over his first two seasons, including playoffs, Lacy has carried 611 times, which ranks fourth in the NFL behind Seattle's Marshawn Lynch (709), Murray (653) and Buffalo's LeSean McCoy (647). His carries in 2013 (305) and 2014 (306) were almost identical, so if anything McCarthy has found some balance. Look for more of the same going forward.