It Sounds Like Mason Crosby is on a Short Leash

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Mason Crosby blows it

Mason Crosby blows it

Yes, we know how you feel about Mason Crosby. The Green Bay Packers are carrying him into the season as their kicker despite what you think, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll exit the season with him.

After posting a horrendous statistical season in 2012 (63.6 percent on field goals), Crosby appears to be on a much shorter leash this year. Coach Mike McCarthy, who came out with the “Mason Crosby is our kicker” line last year, isn’t offering any such assurances this time around.

“I think we’re starting the season and everybody has to perform to a standard. When that standard isn’t met, those are the conversations that Ted and I will have, and we’ll move forward accordingly,” McCarthy told Paul Imig.

McCarthy also told Imig the Packers were looking at kickers in the draft. Instead of drafting someone to compete with Crosby, the team brought in street free agents Giorgio Tavecchio and Zach Ramirez.

And then they gave the job to Crosby again…

Or, rather, Crosby won it…

“Mason Crosby won the job. I’ve been impressed with his body of work here, particularly at the end of training camp,” McCarthy said.

Toward the end of camp, Crosby did look good, but he started it where he left off last season — shanking everything to holy hell. Remember Family Night? We sure as hell do — Crosby was 3-for-8 on field goal tries.

If that guy shows up again, the Packers better have a Plan B.

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9 Comments on "It Sounds Like Mason Crosby is on a Short Leash"

  1. Kyle

    Haven’t heard any updates about Havard Rugland. Would be nice to have him on the PS in case things go downhill with Crosby.

    • Abe Frohman

      There’s no advantage in it. PS members are free pickings for any team out there. If we need him, we can always call. He doesn’t have to be there.

      This year’s PS appears to be to supplement the few positions of need on offense that we shorted in favor of making some tough cuts on d. I would rather have a reserve lineman getting reps than a kicker.

    • E. Wolf

      If the Pack had not restructured Crosby’s deal, I would say cut him and sign kickalicious. At the slightest sign of the shakes, get rid of him and bring out kickalicious.
      Crosby reminds me of Chuck Knoblauch. Had all the physical tool but somehow developed a pyschological complex that he could never overcome.

  2. Cheese

    I don’t believe all this bullshit about Crosby missing kicks because of his confidence. His confidence is down because he can’t make any kicks. He’s been in the league at least 6 years. If you’re not confident in your ability to perform by now it’s probably because you suck and don’t belong here.

  3. Kristofer from Oshkosh

    What ever happened with the kickalicious workout? I think Havard Rugland would be a much better option for the Packers to pursue. Even tho the guy is still raw, anything is better than that joke of a shank, Crosby.

  4. the real russ letlow

    Crosby should be on a short leash. But if he stays in the groove he was in to end camp he won’t have to worry about the leash. Every time Crosby comes out to try a FG, my gut does flip flops and I hold my breath when he kicks. Lets hope we score lots of TDs and don’t need a FG in the closing seconds to win. I just don’t know how you can trust that he won’t go back into his slumpy funk at any time.

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