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Mason Crosby gets vote of confidence from coach

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Packers coach Mike McCarthy knew it was coming, so he beat reporters to the punch.

After kicker Mason Crosby missed two more field goals in the Packers 24-20 win over the Lions, McCarthy said he was sticking with his kicker.

“I’ll address the field goal situation: Mason’s got to put the ball through the uprights. That’s something that we’ve got to do a better job of,” McCarthy said, via Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. “I thought Mason had a very good week of work. [He] didn’t hit it today the way he needs to hit it, but we’ll continue with Mason. We will not blink as far as our commitment to him.”

Later in his press conference, McCarthy even took note of all the people taking note of his stance.

“Now, I can see your pens are all writing and I understand he’s missing kicks in games,” the Packers coach said. “The bottom line is this is about performance on Sundays and I have all of the confidence that Mason’s going to get that back because we need him.”

That’s an impressive show of faith, considering Crosby’s performance this year.

He’s now missed five of his last 10 field goal attempts, and is 11-of-18 on the season. He actually missed three yesterday, considering a 50-yard attempt was missed twice (when Lions coach Jim Schwartz called a timeout), spraying them right and left.

Prior to that, McCarthy turned down a chance at a 49-yard field goal attempt to go for a fourth down attempt which failed. Crosby’s second (official) miss was a 38-yarder which would have tied the game at 17 midway through the fourth quarter.

Crosby’s built up some goodwill, mostly by going 24-of-28 last year. But his previous low percentage was 75.0 in 2009 (27-of-36) and he’s at 61.1 percent this season.

It’s noble of the Packers to stand by him, but you wonder if the stance would have been the same if they would have lost by some factor of the six points Crosby left on the field.

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21 Responses to “Mason Crosby gets vote of confidence from coach”
  1. joetoronto says: Nov 19, 2012 11:50 AM

    That kid needs a good vacation.

  2. faultylogic29 says: Nov 19, 2012 11:57 AM

    This happened to Crosby in 2009 as well. Packers fans are all over Crosby, but do you really think there are better options out there right now? When he’s on, he’s on of the best in the league. The best option is to wait for him to find his mojo… as painful as it is.

  3. hurrayforyogapants says: Nov 19, 2012 11:58 AM

    Since he can’t even hit them when given do-overs, I don’t really see him getting any better.

  4. jerlee7 says: Nov 19, 2012 12:15 PM

    Must draft or sign a rookie next year. Look at St Louis and Baltimore. He is not worth the cap number he carries.

  5. localoutlaw says: Nov 19, 2012 12:30 PM

    How about the Packers all-time leading scorer…Ryan Longwell?

  6. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Nov 19, 2012 12:33 PM

    Apparently I can’t say he was perfect on the game winning PAT, so all you haters can just shut up.

  7. elgaffo says: Nov 19, 2012 1:08 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Nov 19, 2012 12:33 PM
    Apparently I can’t say he was perfect on the game winning PAT, so all you haters can just shut up.
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    Making fun of the fan base of a division rival does not get you any closer to a Lombardi Trophy.
    stay classy

  8. samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says: Nov 19, 2012 1:27 PM

    Apparently I can’t say Crosby will get a good vacation starting the day after the Packers’ first playoff game.

  9. samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says: Nov 19, 2012 1:28 PM

    localoutlaw says:Nov 19, 2012 12:30 PM

    How about the Packers all-time leading scorer…Ryan Longwell?
    _____

    Oh no, they could never bring themselves to bring in a traitor. Turned out his fondest desire was always to play for the Packers’ most hated rival.

  10. zerohandicapper says: Nov 19, 2012 1:40 PM

    Get up on the first tee and snap hook one into the trees left. Get up on the second tee and push one into the water on the right. Get to the third tee and you are clueless as to what you need to do. Its all about confidence. Happens to the best of us. I hope he snaps out of it.

  11. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Nov 19, 2012 1:46 PM

    elgaffo says:Nov 19, 2012 1:08 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Nov 19, 2012 12:33 PM
    Apparently I can’t say he was perfect on the game winning PAT, so all you haters can just shut up.
    ——————————-
    Making fun of the fan base of a division rival does not get you any closer to a Lombardi Trophy.
    stay classy
    ————

    What are you talking about? If I want to get “closer” to a Lombardi, I just stop by the Packer Hall of Fame before a game. There are 4 of them there, how many do you have in your trophy case?

  12. shaggytoodle says: Nov 19, 2012 2:16 PM

    samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says:Nov 19, 2012 1:28 PM

    How about Ryan Longwell?
    _
    Oh no, they could never bring themselves to bring in a traitor. Turned out his fondest desire was always to play for the Packers’ most hated rival.
    __________________

    Thats why he did it? I thought his fondest desire was to have play a couple extra seasons.

    What better way for a kicker who isn’t known for leg strength, to extend his career, than make a move from Lambeau to a a dome?

  13. fijabbersman345 says: Nov 19, 2012 2:24 PM

    jerlee7 says:Nov 19, 2012 12:15 PM

    Must draft or sign a rookie next year. Look at St Louis and Baltimore. He is not worth the cap number he carries.

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    Minnesota’s got a pretty good rook kicker, too…

  14. fijabbersman345 says: Nov 19, 2012 2:27 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Nov 19, 2012 1:46 PM

    elgaffo says:Nov 19, 2012 1:08 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Nov 19, 2012 12:33 PM
    Apparently I can’t say he was perfect on the game winning PAT, so all you haters can just shut up.
    ——————————-
    Making fun of the fan base of a division rival does not get you any closer to a Lombardi Trophy.
    stay classy
    ————

    What are you talking about? If I want to get “closer” to a Lombardi, I just stop by the Packer Hall of Fame before a game. There are 4 of them there, how many do you have in your trophy case?

    —————————————-

    Carl, you have zero Lombardi trophies. The Packers have four.

  15. derklempner says: Nov 19, 2012 2:34 PM

    Has anyone else noticed that a large majority of Crosby’s missed FGs come from the right hash marks? Perhaps he could “snap out of it” easier if the Packers were inclined to put the ball in the middle of the field (or even the left hash marks, even though he missed one from there yesterday as well) for his attempts.

    I know it’s not as simple as that, seeing as how the game is played. But if it came down to needing a FG to win the game and you could place the ball anywhere on the field, then they should definitely try to keep it away from the right side of the field.

  16. deltaoracle says: Nov 19, 2012 4:02 PM

    Great to see Greg Jennings horsing around with him on the sidelines late in the game trying to get him to unclench a little bit. Jennings is such a quality act, always doing whatever he can to help the team. I sure hope the Pack can find a way to re-sign him.

  17. samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says: Nov 19, 2012 5:06 PM

    deltaoracle says:Nov 19, 2012 4:02 PM

    Great to see Greg Jennings horsing around with him on the sidelines late in the game trying to get him to unclench a little bit. Jennings is such a quality act, always doing whatever he can to help the team. I sure hope the Pack can find a way to re-sign him.
    _____

    Cutting Crosby will clear up some cap space.

  18. shlort says: Nov 19, 2012 5:35 PM

    Like someone else said… Crosby is the best bet. Who else are the Packers going to get? The kickers that arent with teams are out of work for a reason… They miss FGs.

    Crosby needs to learn to relax a little bit. Sure, your livelyhood is on the line every time you step out there, but failing to relax and make kicks will put you out of work faster than anything.

    Just kick it!

  19. pack13queens0 says: Nov 19, 2012 7:30 PM

    He’s still the best kicker in the NFL. Just had a bad game but the Pack still won by the way thanks to the 1 & only A-Rod.

  20. dukemarc says: Nov 20, 2012 11:34 AM

    pack13queens0 says:
    Nov 19, 2012 7:30 PM
    He’s still the best kicker in the NFL. Just had a bad game but the Pack still won by the way thanks to the 1 & only A-Rod.

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    I’m as big a Packer fan as you can be, but there is no way Mason is a best kicker in the NFL – before this year started he wasn’t even in the top 5. The guy has yet to make a clutch kick(50+ yarder with the game on the line). He can boot from 60 yards if they are up by 2 TDs but gets the “yips” anytime his points matter.

  21. brewdogg says: Nov 20, 2012 2:29 PM

    shlort says: Nov 19, 2012 5:35 PM

    Like someone else said… Crosby is the best bet. Who else are the Packers going to get? The kickers that arent with teams are out of work for a reason… They miss FGs.

    Crosby needs to learn to relax a little bit. Sure, your livelyhood is on the line every time you step out there, but failing to relax and make kicks will put you out of work faster than anything.

    Just kick it!
    ———————————–

    And that’s it, right there. Not that I am one to really want a Packer to improve his play, but Crosby doesn’t believe in himself right now. You can see it in his body language, on the sidelines and on the field. He just needs to relax and trust himself again, and quit trying so hard. As soon as he starts hitting again, he will be fine. The worst thing for him right now is to think that his job is on the line with every kick.

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