Matt LaFleur: Can’t put all blame for missed kicks on Mason Crosby

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Packers kicker Mason Crosby made a game-winning field goal in overtime on Sunday and he hit four field goals over the course of the game, but it was not one of the veteran’s best days as a professional.

Crosby missed three other field goal attempts, including one on the last play of regulation and another earlier in the overtime session. He called himself his “harshest critic” after the game and said he’d work to clean up what went wrong for him against the Bengals.

On Monday, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said that all of the blame for the misses shouldn’t fall on Crosby.

“I think there’s just some things that we absolutely need to clean up just from an operation standpoint,” LaFleur said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “You can’t put all of that on Mason. I thought there’s some areas that we have to make sure we get corrected, and we will.”

Long snapper Hunter Bradley and holder Corey Bojorquez are the other members of the operation, but LaFleur said he’s “not going to throw anybody under the bus” by commenting further about what needs to be corrected in Green Bay.

30 responses to “Matt LaFleur: Can’t put all blame for missed kicks on Mason Crosby

  1. LaFluer got way to conservative in his play calling during the last 2 minutes and in overtime. Quit running the ball into the middle of the line and let Rodgers do his thing. To his credit he admitted that but time will tell if he learned his lesson going forward. Regardless, Crosby missing those 35-40 yard field goals was inexcusable.

  2. I’m just glad the head coach doesn’t need to be physically restrained from going after the starting QB.

  3. He trusts his kicker to win the game more than me. Why? Why?

  4. Either you’re great, or you’re not.

    People want to talk about Crosby being a great kicker. Well, then no excuses.

    (He’s not great, dead last among active kickers that qualify in career FG%)

  5. Both kickers also mentioned gusty winds. I never really saw it until the end zone view of the one where the Cinci kid celebrated early. It looked like that thing was coming straight down the middle, then hooked HARD at the very last second and barely missed.

    I wouldn’t think the wind was solely to blame for all of ’em but I can certainly buy it as a contributing factor. Especially on that one.

  6. I’m glad the coach has his kickers back. And Crosby is a great player. But those kicks were on Mason.

  7. And Crosby is a great player.
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    Delusional.

    He’s the worst kicker in the League. Statistical fact.

  8. (He’s not great, dead last among active kickers that qualify in career FG%)

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    What a misleading stat to pull for a kicker who’s kicked outdoors in GB his entire career. Mason has been clutch his entire career, and not many could have come in and done it better.

  9. There’s a lot of blame to go around for Sunday’s close scrape with the Bengals.

    Probably the biggest culprit is attempting 7 field goals in the first place.
    The Packer’s Red Zone Td.% has been lacking all season.
    Offensive breakdowns and unnecessary penalties have plagued this team all year.
    It was a stat in which this team led the entire league last year and it’s a situation they’re going to have to get fixed.
    This team definitely should be getting in the end zone more.

    It’s great to come away with a hard fought road win, but it’s obvious we still have issues to iron out.
    But, at least our coach seems ready to address them, instead of engaging in fisticuffs with the starting QB.

  10. What a misleading stat to pull for a kicker who’s kicked outdoors in GB his entire career.
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    Stephen Gostkowski, New England – 87.4%, 74% from 50+

    Robbie Gould, Chicago – 85.4%, 68% from 50+

    Crossbar – 81.6%, 56% from 50+

    Could not possibly be more overrated.

  11. Considering how many teams have already signed and cut Joey Slye this season, it’s a pretty safe bet that Crosby’s job is safe for the time being.

  12. Been a Packers fan for 7 decades Crosby is my kicker Crosby is the Packers kicker he’s fine
    he had a bad day to all the haters go look in the mirror you’ll see a real loser.

  13. Holmgren’s frozen ‘stache says:
    October 12, 2021 at 8:59 am
    People want to talk about Crosby being a great kicker. Well, then no excuses. He’s not great, dead last among active kickers that qualify in career FG%.

    Stephen Gostkowski, New England – 87.4%, 74% from 50+ NOT ACTIVE

    Robbie Gould, Chicago – 85.4%, 68% from 50+ NOT ACTIVE
    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    Go back to the drawing board.

  14. Sure thing.

    When Crossbar goes into another tailspin like 2012 we can revisit this.

  15. but LaFleur said he’s “not going to throw anybody under the bus”
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    That’s Rodgers job

  16. I’m sorry but Crosby is OLD now. But no way Aaron Rodgers wants him cut. It’s his buddy . Crosby should have been out of the league 3 years ago.

  17. Crosby is ranked No.5 active kicker right now, today. Having an off-day and still coming through and winning a tough and close game is the sort of off-day you want your kicker to have.

    Nothing to see here. Crosby is fine.

  18. If only our Vikings could have had as “overrated” a kicker on our roster since 2007(?) . . .

  19. Always respected Crosby — I suspect he’ll be just fine. Although I did find it interesting to read the coach’s quote that he wasn’t going to throw anyone under the bus — and he promptly gave out enough just facts to throw a couple guys under said bus.

  20. Viking Fan Blames Officials…..Everybody Drink says:
    October 12, 2021 at 9:35 am
    There’s a lot of blame to go around for Sunday’s close scrape with the Bengals.

    Probably the biggest culprit is attempting 7 field goals in the first place.
    The Packer’s Red Zone Td.% has been lacking all season.
    Offensive breakdowns and unnecessary penalties have plagued this team all year.
    It was a stat in which this team led the entire league last year and it’s a situation they’re going to have to get fixed.
    This team definitely should be getting in the end zone more.

    It’s great to come away with a hard fought road win, but it’s obvious we still have issues to iron out.
    But, at least our coach seems ready to address them, instead of engaging in fisticuffs with the starting QB.

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    Maybe it is because the Bengals are a good team???? It’d pretty funny you and your fan base were laughing about the Vikings struggling against them, yet your team also struggled against them. Every time you post about a game, it always that the Packers need to iron out their issues, never any credit to the other team. Maybe, just maybe, your team is not as good as you think it is? The schedule only gets tougher, you have no cake walk to the NFCCG this year.

    At least we have a coach that doesn’t take the ball out of our QB’s hands time and time again.

  21. stellarperformance says:
    October 12, 2021 at 11:53 am
    Crosby is ranked No.5 active kicker right now, today.
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    According to what metric?

  22. I wish coach Zim would take the ball out of Kirk’s hands more often . . . oh wait . . . we’d miss the field goal. Amazing feeling to finally see one sail through the uprights yesterday.

  23. paulhargis57 says:
    October 12, 2021 at 1:02 pm
    At least we have a coach that doesn’t take the ball out of our QB’s hands time and time again.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Instead, you have a coach that has to slap away the grabby hands and double-arm push an insubordinate QB from getting in his face on national TV. Yeah, you’re lucky.

  24. paulhargis57 says:
    October 12, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    At least we have a coach that doesn’t take the ball out of our QB’s hands time and time again.
    *********
    Listen, what you have is a coach who’s floundering in his 8th season of ineptitude.
    Matt LaFleur has already eclipsed any of the few, little accomplishments Zimmy has garnered in just two short years.

    Hell, former Packer’s coach, Mike Sherman, had more success, a higher winning percentage and better postseason record and he lasted only 5 seasons as he was run out of town in Green Bay.
    But you guys cling to a coach who is clearly outmatched year after fruitless year.

    And the truly comical part of all of this is that the Viking fan base is so used to the lethargic, losing culture and total dysfunction that they’re just too clueless to object.
    So what we’re left with is this bizarre obsession and envy about what goes on in Green Bay, it just makes me laugh. 🤣

    But, Hey, enjoy your team’s season.
    I know I will. 😉

  25. Robbie Gould, Chicago – 85.4%, 68% from 50+

    Crossbar – 81.6%, 56% from 50+

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    Mason Crosby has made a 53+ yard field goal in 13 of 15 seasons.
    Gould has made a 53+ yard field goal in 6 of 17 seasons.

    Crosby has attempted 73 50+ yarders, Gould just 47.

    You are, partially, penalizing Crosby for having greater range and/or a coach (McCarthy) more willing to kick long field goals.

  26. You are, partially, penalizing Crosby for having greater range and/or a coach (McCarthy) more willing to kick long field goals.
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    What good is the range if you can’t make the field goals?

  27. But you guys cling to a coach who is clearly outmatched year after fruitless year.
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    Not sure we have much room to criticize there (McCarthy, 2012-2018)

  28. It obviously was the scoreboard operators fault for not playing the walk on Music, that Mason requested.

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