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Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks not concerned about Eddie Lacy’s weight

Eddie Lacy runs for Packers first down versus Giants in 2016
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Pete Carroll is one of few head coaches to achieve success at both the collegiate and professional level.

For those who are use to winning championships, it is a chess match to find pieces that will sustain the level of quality play for years on end. While media pundits and fans praised the self-proclaimed best defense in football “Legion of Boom,” Seattle’s rushing attack sets its physical tone.

After running back Marshawn Lynch totaled 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns in the Seahawks’ run to a Super Bowl championship in 2013, Carroll and company have struggled to keep a consistent balance.

Fifth-year quarterback Russell Wilson accounted for 4,000-yard seasons in 2015 and 2016, but the feat came as a result of having much pressure on him to move the ball. The addition of former Alabama and Green Bay Packers star Eddie Lacy should put Seattle’s trouble to rest, and despite Lacy’s recent weight issues, Carroll isn’t too much concerned.

According to Seahawks’ digital media reporter John Boyle, Carroll told 710 ESPN Seattle that Lacy’s a “big back in classic fashion. He’s an exciting guy to add to the mix.” Per an article from NFL.com, Carroll continued with “235 pounds for a player of Lacy’s build is not realistic,” and for him, he wants to see the former second round pick closer to 240-pounder mark in the fall.

Lacy’s style will complement Thomas Rawls – who’s also a tough runner – and change of pace back, C.J. Prosise. He collected two 1,000-yard rushing seasons in 2013 and 2014, before signing with the Seahawks.

Stephen M. Smith is a managing editor and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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