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Mason Crosby isn’t losing his job

Mason Crosby, Tim Masthay AP

When your coach gives you monthly votes of confidence, it is a pretty good sign that things haven’t been going your way on the football field.

Things have been going decidedly wrong for Packers kicker Mason Crosby for most of the year. He missed two field goals in Sunday’s 21-13 victory over the Bears, extending his streak to eight straight games with a missed field goal and dropping him to 17-of-29 on his attempts for the season. As you’d probably imagine, that’s the worst percentage in the league among qualified kickers by a large margin.

It isn’t enough for Crosby to lose his job, though. Just as he did last month, Packers coach Mike McCarthy has affirmed his support for Crosby in the mounting avalanche of missed kicks.

“We’re not changing our kicker, so you can write that down right now,” McCarthy said, via the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “He’s our guy. He needs to make those kicks. He knows that. We’re at that time of year.”

Crosby missed from 42 and 43 yards on Sunday and the Packers went for it on a fourth down in the third quarter instead of trying another one from 43 yards. They converted that fourth down and went on to a touchdown, but it’s pretty risky to pass on points come the postseason. McCarthy’s loyalty is laudable, but he can’t let it come at the expense of the other 52 players on the team.

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22 Responses to “Mason Crosby isn’t losing his job”
  1. hscorpio says: Dec 17, 2012 8:17 AM

    Famous last words. Kickers are sort of a breed apart from the rest of the team but if you fail to hold him accountable for his performance, it will eventually rub off on the rest of them.

    When you’re passing up 44 yard FGs for a conversion attempt on 4th and 6, it’s time to cut ties and move on to whoever is the best guy is on the street.

  2. golforepar says: Dec 17, 2012 8:21 AM

    Sign Longwell and put Crosby on IR! Confidence broken.

  3. jgedgar70 says: Dec 17, 2012 8:28 AM

    Seeing as how the Packers were beating the Bears so thoroughly, I was puzzled at the amount of time Buck & Aikman spent openly questioning the Packers for keeping Crosby around.

    It looks to me like McCarthy’s reasoning is something along the lines of, “We’re still winning games, and as long as that happens we’ll just let him try to work it out.” I guess he’s hoping it just doesn’t come back to haunt him, like that goofy punt return they got away with…

  4. chris6523 says: Dec 17, 2012 8:29 AM

    To put crosby’s futility in perspective:

    You have to go back to 2000 (Neil Rackers with Cincinnati) to find a field goal kicker with a percentage as bad as Crosby who managed to make it through an entire season with his team.

  5. joeyashwi says: Dec 17, 2012 8:33 AM

    I appreciate loyalty but this is the worst funk I’ve seen a kicker in. He missed his first kick by twenty yards.
    Playoff games often come down to clutch kicking. As a Packer fan I’m very worried.

  6. bougin89 says: Dec 17, 2012 8:36 AM

    In the playoffs every point is going to matter. How many easy field goals is Crosby going to miss in order for us to bring in a new kicker. If we lose a playoff game because he misses multiple field goals packer nation will be looking directly at MM. I have nothing against Crosby, he’s been a good kicker for us up until this year and seems like a decent enough of a guy but his time is over.

  7. emoney826 says: Dec 17, 2012 8:39 AM

    That’s great. So when we lose a playoff game because of this turd, I’m sure McCarthy will still be saying the same thing. Bring in another kicker, you idiot! They kick a ball. It’s not like you’re bringing in someone who has to learn the entire offensive playbook. Orlindo freakin Mare was signed on Tuesday by the bears and he had no problems kicking two field goals yesterday.

  8. gmsingh says: Dec 17, 2012 8:40 AM

    Charlie McCarthy knows what he’s doing–he doesn’t need to change his kicker, he just needs to institute more trick plays.

  9. fwippel says: Dec 17, 2012 8:44 AM

    The Packers can’t afford to keep Crosby around for the playoffs. If they do, he will cost a game and help them to an early exit.

    Crosby’s inconsistency has gone on too long. Why McCarthy hasn’t signed another kicker yet, at least for the stretch run, makes no sense.

  10. hscorpio says: Dec 17, 2012 9:08 AM

    Just a point of clarification, Ted Thompson has the final say over the roster in Green Bay. He may defer to McCarthy’s wishes from time to time on this or that, but if Crosby costs the Packers a playoff win, it will be on Thompson, not McCarthy.

    McCarthy’s actions of passing on FG attempts seems to be acknowledging his willingness to move on, no matter what words are spoken at press conferences for public consumption.

  11. bearsstillsuck says: Dec 17, 2012 9:50 AM

    Is there a better kicker out there?

  12. uwsptke says: Dec 17, 2012 10:19 AM

    I understand not wanting to completely cut ties with the guy, since we see guys get cut in knee-jerk situations like this often and then catch on somewhere else and have a few more outstanding seasons. But you have to at least bring in a few guys for auditions. He’s not that fragile mentally.

    It would be a bad PR move, but from a football standpoint you might as well either cut Driver or put him on IR since he isn’t suiting up anyways, and sign an extra kicker that can hit a 45 yard field goal.

  13. cletusvandam says: Dec 17, 2012 10:26 AM

    The 49ers are in the same boat. Akers has been bad all season but for some reason they just keep trotting him out there to miss FGs. I really hope it doesn’t bite them in the playoffs

  14. axespray says: Dec 17, 2012 10:39 AM

    Maybe Mason Crosby’s 2012 is the major story on America’s Game: The 2012 Packers….

    “Yeah, I kept missing in the regular season….but when the playoffs came around (magical music) – I made every kick….. (highlights of clutch kicks).”

  15. bennyb82 says: Dec 17, 2012 12:10 PM

    There are kickers who have great percentages in the regular season and one miss in the playoffs and they get cut…so Crosby better hope he does not miss a big one in the playoffs because that will end things quickly…

  16. kevishu says: Dec 17, 2012 12:15 PM

    Question to McCarthy… What statement are you going to use to address the media if/when Crosby misses a game-deciding fieldgoal in the playoffs? I’m not saying that situation is going to happen, but if it does, you better lose that stubborn tone of yours and have a better answer than “We’re not changing our kicker [for next season], so you can write that down right now.”

  17. zzr600guy says: Dec 17, 2012 1:15 PM

    I’m a huge Packers fan and i like McCarthy but it’s time to find another kicker. When a coach has to pass up routine field goals to go for it on 4th down something is not right. It worries me that Crosbys woes will cost the Packers a win in the playoffs. I mean the bears just signed Olindo Mare off the street and he was hitting his field goals like nothing, so give me Kaeding or Longwell please.

  18. seamhereseamthere says: Dec 17, 2012 1:41 PM

    Crosby was one of the best and most reliable until this year. He is also being paid a lot of money-too much to just ‘eat it and cur him’ as some suggest.

    It will make for an interesting post season though—any failed game winning-game tieing kick will fall to McCarthy and Thompson.

  19. judsonjr says: Dec 17, 2012 1:41 PM

    My biggest problem with Crosby is him missing by so much. It’s one thing if the kicks look OK and then hook at the last second or hit off the upright. However, Crosby has had about a half dozen misses where he is about 20 feet wide.

    The problem is that there aren’t really any easy fixes that are Free Agents. All the guys available have at least one flaw: insufficient leg for kickoffs/long FG, lack of experience, or they were cut for missing too many FG or missing FG in the playoffs.

  20. gbmickey says: Dec 17, 2012 4:48 PM

    Seamheresemthere do you realize other than last year crosby has finished in the bottom fourth of kickers in 5 seasons? For you to say he has been reliable and one of the best makes me wonder if you watch Packer games.

  21. supersuckers3 says: Dec 17, 2012 9:18 PM

    Told ya!

  22. trapshoot says: Dec 18, 2012 12:27 AM

    I admire McCarthys’ loyalty but it’s time to at least try out some replacements.

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