I really didn’t want to write about Mason Crosby again. Most of you know how I feel and I’ve handled the topic before. I’ve railed on the Packers coddling of Crosby. I’ve presented some stats that questioned Crosby being rewarded with a 100% raise in 201o.
Yet, some of you still believe (or have convinced yourselves) that the Packers are lucky to have Crosby. You have a ready set of excuses.
- He kicks in the cold weather.
- He’s has to kick a lot of long field goals.
- He went five for six during the Packers playoff run.
- He does a great job with kickoffs.
- He’s not great, but he’s an above-average NFL kicker.
- There is nobody available that would be any better.
The first three of those statements are true but are not valid excuses, as I will show. The last three items are just outright untrue. If you believe them, you also believe in unicorns and pots of gold at the end of rainbows. I am going to dispel all of these myths with something that can not be disputed – cold hard facts.
I don’t dislike Mason Crosby – really, I don’t. I even gave him a “B” in our end-of-year player evaluations for 2010 (mostly because of his performance during the playoff run). But what I do dislike is the plethora of fans who pay no attention to the facts. They create their own reality and support their stance with throw-away one liners that have little substance.
So, consider this my “Mason Manifesto.” I am going to present to you the real facts and debunk each of those myths mentioned above.
First, some background facts:
Crosby’s overall field goal percentages from High School to the NFL:
HS Y4 63.6%
COL Y1 77.8%
COL Y2 82.6%
COL Y3 75.0%
COL Y4 67.9%
NFL Y1 79.5%
NFL Y2 79.4%
NFL Y3 75.0%
NFL Y4 78.6%
In the last four years, here’s how many NFL kickers (with 20 or more attempts) had a FG% of 80% or higher and where Crosby ranked overall.