After several years and much hard work, the Green Bay Packers and Mason Crosby today found the answer to his kicking problems – no defense. Yes, it seems that with no rush, Crosby is just fine, thank you.
Without a rush, Crosby was able to go five for five in field goals attempts at Tuesday night’s practice. When the Packers went to their full-team two minute drills, Crosby was given the opportunity to “win the game” with a last second 39 yard field goal. Of course, he missed.
Sadly, that wasn’t the shocking part. What ensued is fairly incredible. The Packers allowed Crosby to line up and take the kick again, but this time with NO DEFENSE. And of course, Crosby makes it.
Believe it or not, I’m not here to kill Mason Crosby. He’s certainly trying his best (we hope). No, I’m here to kill the Packers’ coaching staff and how they have handled Crosby. They have pandered to Crosby like he’s their supermodel girlfriend. Anything he wants. Anyway he wants it. No competition. Nobody to push his sorry ass and make him fight for his job.
It’s too late to call for anything to be done now. For better or worse, Mason Crosby will be the Packers’ kicker in 2010. What I’m upset about is the Packers’ blind faith in a guy who has so obviously underachieved for several years. And to think he “earned” a 100% raise this season. Wouldn’t we all like a job like that?
It’s almost a certainty that several games this season will be won or lost on the leg of Mason Crosby. Think about that for a moment.
This isn’t a new complaint from me. I’ve written about this the last TWO offseasons.
2010: Mediocrity Rewarded
2009: Kicking Game
But alas, here we are on the cusp of a season with with so much promise, and several times this year, the Packers will hand their fate over to Mason Crosby. The visual on that does not make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside…
The Packers organization has done an awful job with special teams the last few years and the kickers, in particular. Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy and Shawn Slocum, this is on you.