So long, Mason Crosby! We’ve been waiting to say that for a while and while the day isn’t quite here yet, it might be coming soon. Giorgio Tavecchio appears to be pulling ahead in the competition to be the Green Bay Packers kicker.
Although neither guy got any action in the Packers pathetic preseason opener, Tavecchio had already taken a lead in the competition during Family Night, when he hit 6-of-7 tries and Crosby managed only 3-of-8.
During Monday’s practice, the Packers made their kickers face off again. This time, Tavecchio was a perfect 8-for-8, while Crosby went 7-for-8.
Now, that’s not quite as bad as his 3-for-8 on Family Night, but the pressure is clearly on Crosby, who hasn’t done much in pressure situations in the past year (other than choke).
Crosby hit a career-worst 63.6 percent of his field goals last season. On Monday his miss was wide left from 46. Tavecchio hit two each from 36, 42, 46 and 53 yards.
We’re not calling this yet because we haven’t seen either guy kick in a real game, but Tavecchio clearly has the edge at this point.
And that’s just fine with us. We’ve seen about enough of Mason Crosby. Besides, Giorgio Tavecchio is an awesome name, just like Jan Stenerud and Chester Marcol and those guys were pretty great kickers for the Packers.
I don’t know how this guy can kick…
Just please, for the love of God….REPLACE CROSBY!
The guy is terrible. I can’t effen stand him
I don’t care if Tavecchio sucks, I’d be happy just to have a different name to scream and curse at while watching the game.
What better not happen is Tavecchio clearly outperforming Crosby and McCarthy sticking with the incumbent.
Tavecchio’s leg is not strong enough to deal with the cold weather. Even if he’s got the edge, I’m not so sure this is an upgrade when December hits.
every team in the NFL plays in about 2 cold weather games per season…us included…Lambeau or not…
Not strong enough leg to deal with cold weather? Crosby can’t kick in a dome. Who keeps their job with a 63% success rate? It continues to dumbfound me how they didn’t cut him during the season last year. This guy is injured between the ears, Ted always cuts injury prone players, dump this guy so Packer fans stop leaving the room when the FG team trots out. I can’t bring myself to watch anymore.
I don’t care if Fred Flintstone is our kicker. As long as he can kick it through the uprights, sign him! Casual observation leads me to believe that there are several teams with 2 decent kickers on their roster. If the 2 we have don’t work out, get another one off of the scrap heap. Its not like he has that many plays to learn that a kicker can’t come in and be successful immediately.
How about Anton Lubchenko? Word under the bridge is he’s available.
nick papa Giorgio. Just no friggin Italian snausages at the stadium
Is this Doogie Howsers neighbor?
I only had a down year. I’m still the best in the NFL.
No. You suck.
You have cost us enough games. In 2008 against the VIQueens from 52 yds. out in that dome…in Chicago that same year, a 27-yd. chip-shot. Blocked!
Oct. 17 2010 against the Dolphins rite before half time.
The Colts & 40-Whiners game(s) last year…I am forgetting many of them. I could go on & on.
Heeeeeeey, I kick the ball good. Molto Bene!
Chester Marcol is a cool dude. He stayed at the hotel a few times that I work at in the past year and I had a chance to talk with him about his experience as a green bay packer. It was interesting and fun. Wish we could get a kicker like him again. Most famous play was against the bears, Hilarious.
In related news the Dolphins just cut Carpenter; perhaps I’m biased because he went to my Alma Mater, but I seem to remember he’s pretty good, even won a couple of games in his day, including vs. the ’10 Packers .