Although the Green Bay Packers have given every indication they plan to re-sign kicker [intlink id=”152″ type=”category”]Mason Crosby[/intlink], who will be a free agent when the lockout ends, things don’t always go according to plan.
It’s conceivable, although probably not likely, another team will do something to pry Crosby away from the Packers. In that scenario, the team may be forced to turn to a familiar face — former kicker [intlink id=”603″ type=”category”]Ryan Longwell[/intlink], who’s spent the last five seasons with the [intlink id=”35″ type=”category”]Minnesota Vikings[/intlink] and will be a free agent himself.
Interestingly, Longwell didn’t rule out a return to Green Bay when posed the question.
Appearing Friday morning on ESPNMilwaukee.com, Longwell made clear he intends to play in 2011 and said he “wouldn’t mind going back” to the Vikings. Asked if he would consider returning to Green Bay if Packers place-kicker Mason Crosby moves on in free agency, Longwell laughed and said: “You never say never. You just don’t know.”
What’s perhaps more interesting than the possibility of Longwell returning to the Packers is the career arc of the two men in question.
Longwell was a pretty good kicker during his nine years in Green Bay, but he’s become even better since leaving the team in 2006. His field goal percentage has increased in each of the past four seasons. In 2010, he made a career-high 94 percent of his kicks (17 of 18) and has a career percentage of 83.5.
Crosby, on the other hand, has been fairly mediocre since coming to the Packers in 2007. His field goal percentage decreased each of his first three seasons with the Packers, resulting in a below-average 75 percent in 2009, before he rebounded to hit 78.6 percent of his kicks in 2010. In his career, Crosby has made 78.1 percent of his kicks.
Of course, other than their accuracy, the biggest difference between Longwell and Crosby is age. Longwell turns 37 in August, while Crosby turns 27 in September.
So, who would you rather have?
crosby’s got the big boot unlike ryan shortwell
it helps when you are kicking off of a rug in a dome.
wouldn’t mind going back? well DUH. Hmm lets see should I stay with this piece of shit team who can’t manage to win a superbowl or go play for the returning superbowl champs….thats a tough one. Ryan was a great player for us and proved he doesn’t need to be kicking off a rug in a dome he hold a few records in our house.
As far as Crosby goes, I have been a Packer fan for 16 years and never have I remembered thinking OH CRAP when a kicker was up to kick a field goal. Its a crap shoot every time he gets up there, BUT yes he is getting more consistent. I say don’t screw with a winning formula…keep the kicker we got and hold our breath that he has really been practicing during the off season.
OMG< who voted for Shortwell?? Are you fricking kidding me?
The Shortwell has never missed a kick in his career… that was his fault. All of his missed FGs were the holder's fault. Every block was the line's fault, and all of his kickoffs to the 15 yard line were "by design."
In related news, all of Brett's INTs were Bill Schroeder's fault.
Even if Crosby sucked twice as bad this year as last, I would STILL prefer him over Shortwell.
Can I choose neither?! Mason Crossbar can’t kick a clutch field goal to save his life. He’s the reason Rodgers has so few game winning drives.
Crosby’s got the bigger leg. He puts the kickoffs past the endzone more than anyone else. That’s all there is too it.
Longwell doesn’t miss because he only kicks short ones.
With a potent offense that can move down the field u go with the kicker with the accuracy. Leg strength just got a bit more trivial due to the new kickoff rules. I love Crosby, (mostly just cuz he’s a Packer) but Longwell is the better field goal kicker.
With Crosby’s big leg they regularly make attempts from low percentage range. Of course, he misses most (but not all) which I’m sure plays a part in his lower overall numbers. No such option when Shorty was a Packer. But he was money inside of 40.
The one upside of having an iffy FG kicker is that the offense KNOWS they need touchdowns and won’t necessarily settle for three.
Cryin Longwell will never be a winner. He’s the biggest winer in the world. He’s no Packer !!! It’s to bad he ever played here. The Queens are where he belongs, along with the rest of the losers. Ask anybody who ever held for him, if you your able to pry them out from under the bus !
Hate to vote against a Cal guy (Longwell), but gotta go with the young guy from my adopted home, Austin (he’s technically from Georgetown)
I think we’re missing the big plus with Longwell. He can grab a couple of guys and fly down to Mississippi and talk QB4 into coming out of retirement and….never mind.
Crosby it is.
WOW! This is a no-brainer! I guess “Matt” gets first dibs on the “short-well” handle, and appropriately. He gave op. kickoff teams a 15 to 20 advantage EVERY TIME! Our defense was starting on the 40 most of the season. Crosby’s been consistent even in WI weather…”Short-well” was a NOT!!
I doesn’t matter who is better, as a Packer fan, I DON’T want Longwell on the team ever again.
He is a backstabber just like Favre was. And he had a lot to do with Favre going to the VIkings, and trash talking the Packers.
Longwell is also the guy who was carrying Favre’s helmet for him. How pathetic of both of them… on the Viqueens.
How about you could sign them both depending on the contract, have Crosby do kickoffs and long field goals, have Longwell do short game winning kicks. Honestly, I don’t really trust Crosby to kick field goals. You guys are just mad because he played for the Viqueens.