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.