Content
X

Create Account

Or log in with Facebook

X

Log in

Or log in with Facebook

Railbird Central Podcast: Is Mason Crosby Back? Or Is It Too Little, Too Late?

By Category

Railbird Central Podcast: Is Mason Crosby Back? Or Is It Too Little, Too Late?

With news that the Buffalo Bills had released veteran kicker Rian Lindell on Monday morning, discussion turned to the Packers' kicking situation and whether the Packers might have any interest in signing Lindell. As part of our continuing series, we have Colleen Brenton of PocketDoppler.com to weigh in on the issue and to talk about the Packers' preseason win over the St. Louis Rams on Saturday.

Listen in...

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Streaming audio - Press play

Click here for a POP-OUT Audio Player

Download Versions: Download Audio Podcast

Free Subscription Option

Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America" and editor of Cheesehead TV's "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email carriveau@uwalumni.com.

  • Like Like
  • -2 points

Fan friendly comments only: on Comments (9) This filter will hide comments which have ratio of 5 to 1 down-vote to up-vote.

Jake's picture

I dont know the exact number but if I remember correctly Mason has missed but 1 kick since Family night. Given how much competition they have been going through I'd say that's pretty darn reliable and "out of the slump". Keep him on the hot seat through camp but unless he misses a bunch more between now and end of season I think he is our kicker.

Barutan Seijin's picture

So what if Crosby's out of his slump? He was subpar before it. He usually hits somewhere between 75-79% of his kicks. This in a league where guys like Walsh & Janikowski are making 90% & available replacements are hitting more than 80%. Crosby isn't good enough even when he's on his game.

(& for you but but but Lambeau is a tough place to kick people: Robbie Gould. Tons better than Crosby. In Soldier Field. Even Olindo Mare outkicked Crosby in the cold last year.)

Stroh's picture

Walsh and Janikowski kick in nearly or perfect conditions the vast majority of the time. Crosby has to kick in the most difficult kicking environment in the NFL at least 1/2, then Chicago. When taking all things into consideration Crosby was rated just outside top 10 in the NFL after adjusting for all conditions. He's not elite, but above average before last year. The article I read was prior to last year btw.

Mojo's picture

What would be interesting to me is how the opposition kickers fared over Crosby's tenure in the same games Crosby played in. Since the sample size is fairly consequential, you would in large part take out the climate argument.

Plus, it wasn't just that Crosby was barely missing them last year. Some of his kicks were horrific shanks that had no chance. He had either mechanical and/or head problems last year. He earned the worst kicker in the league designation last year.

I think the Pack are going to stick with him and from time-to-time you're going to see those odd-knuckleball type kicks again, even in good weather. Hope they're not with the game on the line.

Barutan Seijin's picture

2012:
Week 1@GB
Akers 3/3 Crosby 0/0
Week 2@GB
Gould 1/1, Crosby 3/3
Week 3@Seattle
Hauschka 0/0 Crosby 2/2
Week 4@GB
Hartley 2/3 Crosby 0/0
Week 5@Ind.
Vinatieri 3/4, Crosby 0/2
Week 6@Houston
Other guy 1/1, Crosby 0/0
Week 7@StL
Zuerlein 2/2, Crosby 3/4
Week 8@GB
Scobee 3/3, Crosby 1/2
Week 9@GB
Feely 1/1, Crosby 1/2
Week 10
Bye
Week 11@Detroit
Hanson 2/2, Crosby 1/3
Week 12@E.Rutherford NJ
Tynes 1/1, Crosby 1/2
Week 13@GB
Walsh 0/1, Crosby 3/4
Week 14@GB
Hanson 2/3, Crosby 2/3
Week 15@Chicago
Mare 2/2, Crosby 0/2
Week 16@GB
Bironas 0/0, Crosby 2/2
Week 17@Minn
Walsh 3/3, Crosby 2/2
Wild Card@GB
Walsh 1/1, Crosby 1/1
Divisional@SF
Akers 1/1, Crosby 1/1

Opponents@GB
13/16
Crosby@GB
13/17
Crosby on the road
10/18

At least last year, Crosby was on par with the other guys at Lambeau -- not better, just about the same. But he was really rather crappy on the road.

Barutan Seijin's picture

Went back through 2005-2012 Packer-Bear games to look at the kicker matchups. (Note: Gould played 2 years before Crosby came up & missed the Chicago game last year with an injury)

Gould@Lambeau:
12/12
Crosby@Lambeau, (in Bear games)
13/15

Not too surprising. But then look at this:

Crosby@Soldier Field:
6/12
Gould@Soldier Field, in Packer games:
11/13

Mojo's picture

Even when things are going well for Crosby he's a below average kicker. I'm not one for making changes too quickly, but I've seen enough of Crosby's work. Bring in Lindell, Carpenter or when there available Kickalicious, Quinn Sharpe or any number of other competent kickers.

Even at his best, Crosby was never that good.

Jake's picture

Quality kickers don't miss 12 kicks in a season. Crosby seems to go through a slump every season. Some kickers don't go through a slump in their entire careers.

Nononsense's picture

Its time to move on. I was hoping Tavecchio would shine bright and take the job from Crosby but that probably won't happen now.

Log in to comment, upload your game day photos and more!

Not a member yet? Join free.

If you have already commented on Cheesehead TV in the past, we've created an account for you. Just verify your email, set a password and you're golden.

Or log in with Facebook

Packers Tickets

Must Read

Quote

"I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious."
"The Bears still suck!"
"A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall. "