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Ted Thompson is Still Looking at Kickers

Ted Thompson

And here we thought the Green Bay Packers would choose between incumbent Mason Crosby and street free agent Giorgio Tavecchio to kick the football for them this season. Maybe, maybe not, says GM Ted Thompson.

“We’ll see,” Thompson said during his weekly training camp session with reporters. “Never stop looking.”

A man of many words, that Big Ted.

For sure, neither Crosby or Tavecchio seems to have separated himself in the competition. Crosby started off horribly, but has been kicking the ball well of late, including hitting all three of his tries in Saturday night’s preseason contest.

Tavecchio seems to be going the other way. He had a clear advantage over Crosby early on, but that advantage has disappeared in the past week. Tavecchio was 1-of-2 on Saturday and lost to Crosby head-to-head on Monday for the first time since training camp opened.

Tavecchio still has the better overall practice record, however, hitting 45-of-51 to Crosby’s 41-of-51.

So if neither of these guys end up being the Packers kicker, who the hell might be, you’re probably wondering.

Well, Rian Lindell seems like the best candidate. He was just released by Buffalo. And yeah, he’s played 13 years in the league, but hit 87.5 percent of his kicks last season. In his career, he’s at 81.3. Oh, and he can obviously kick in the cold.

By comparison, Crosby hit just 63.6 percent of his kicks last season and has a 76.8 career percentage.

Thompson also mentioned he isn’t ready to make a decision yet.

“It’s just when you get comfortable with the decision,” Thompson said.

So, not really a big vote of confidence for either of the guys on the roster at the moment.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. TyKo Steamboat August 20, 2013

    Forget Rian Lindell. Dan Carpenter has been out there for 6 days!

    1 more thing…

    Getting Crosby off the books would clear cap-space that could otherwise go to a player like Raji or Finley. We could get Carpenter, a better kicker, off the streets for less $.

  2. cubFan90 August 20, 2013

    When the Lions release kickalicious, he would be a nice grab.

    1. the real russ letlow August 20, 2013

      that dude has some freaky kickng skills. I wonder if they would translate to live action.

  3. Mason Crosby August 20, 2013

    Don’t even think about getting rid of me, Ted.

  4. Brett F. August 20, 2013

    I can kick….

  5. Iltarion August 20, 2013

    How nice of these teams to dump their veteran kickers for us!

    Translation of Ted: Our guys suck and the other shoe could drop at any second.

  6. the real russ letlow August 20, 2013

    I’m in GB this week, taking in training camp and I’m gonna go to the game on Friday. Anybody have anything they want me to tell Ted? Since I am an owner, I’m kinda like his boss, and when I remind him of that he’ll have to listen to me. And when I tell him the guys from Total Packers suggest ________ (fill in the blanks), he’ll certainly be thanking me for the advice!

    1. Vijay August 20, 2013

      Yes, please tell him to watch the opposition (Seattle) closely. HIs former employee, John Schneider, has assembled a juggernaut and one helluva roster.

      They have a real kicker (HAUSHKA), Defense (at all levels) TOP 5; Running game TOP 5 an up and coming mobile QB and stellar return specialists too!

      Then, go get us another kicker to make the focus on scoring 3 pts instead of 6 this season, please.

      1. iltarion August 21, 2013

        Yes, tell him Percy Harvin thinks Schneider is a HELLUVA guy!

    2. E. Wolf August 20, 2013

      Tell Teddy,THE EPOLAR BEAR, Thank You. I love the Polar Bear. He is the mastermind and architect of our Super Bowl Championship team.
      Beyond that, I believe Crosby’s money is guaranteedand counts against the cap even if cut. Still love the Polar Bear. POLAR BEAR!

  7. PF4L August 20, 2013

    lol…I like that…I was gonna drive down to Green Bay numerous times the last 2 years, to “talk” to Capers….lol

  8. icebowl August 21, 2013

    Lindell gone to bucs

  9. the real russ letlow August 21, 2013

    I’m checking out new kickers this afternoon with Ted. Crosby missed three in a row FGs at todays practice. missed em bad too. UGH!!!!!!!!!! kudos to Packers fans – Nitschke Field bleachers were full yesterday and today in 90 deg heat. awesome!!!!

  10. rip-ty August 21, 2013

    mason crosby can suck a bag of dicks, fuck that dolt-ass bitch

  11. Pack Morris August 21, 2013

    That’s my new favorite picture of Ted.

  12. GBslacker August 21, 2013


    Three misses today?

    How many lives does that burr-head bastard have?

    (I hate the way that bastard “tries” to tackle — pulls a damn “Tebow”…)

  13. GBslacker August 21, 2013

    Where was that picture taken?

    Area 51 ??