Content
X

Create Account

Or log in with Facebook

X

Log in

Or log in with Facebook

Grades - Special Teams

Grades - Special Teams

 

Although we didn’t have Tracy White to lead us deep into the playoffs, we did have a special teams unit in 2008 (it’s true, I’m not lying). Here are the grades for those boys.

This report card is short and dirty, because the more I think about our special teams I get angry and hit things, and my lawyer says “Mike Stock Rage” isn’t going to do anything for me in a court of law.

 

I already covered our returners like Will Blackmon.

So, this one is all about the guys who get paid to kick a ball.

Mason Crosby
Mason Crosby

* Long of 53

I was going to go into this Crosby wrapup ready to destroy him. It seems like he had a really bad year. He always seemed to miss the most important kicks of the games. However, when I looked at the numbers, they are almost identical to last year’s totals. The only major difference was total points because he had more attempts last year compared to this year. So after all of that I have decided to give Mason a solid B.

Fun Facts
- Almost made a 69 fair catch kick. It fell just short.

 

GRADE: Solid B

Jarrett Bush
Jarrett Bush

*no skills

I have to bring Bush up again because he really sucks. He led the special teams unit in missed tackles. He had more missed tackles than Mason Crosby. I mean COME ON!

Fun Facts
- Jarrett has blackmail photos of Ted Thompson in drag.

GRADE: F-

Derrick Frost
Derrick Frost

*42.1 Average

Frost is the guy who gave all fans the idea that maybe us regular Joe Shmoes could be NFL players. I mean if Derrick Frost is playing for an NFL team, certainly Alex and I could get picked up by the Lions or something, right? Frost was consistently horrible with short punts and minimum hang time. If you hiccuped during a Frost punt, you missed it.

GRADE: F

Jon Ryan
Jon Ryan

*22 Punts inside the 20

The guy we cut for Derrick Frost. He was Canadian, and while I hate Canadians more than anybody, I don’t find that a good enough reason to cut a man. Stock disliked Ryan from the get-go, complaining about “release times” and “2 step” forms. The bottom line was Ryan would catch the ball, then kick it really far. TA-DA! Now he does it for the Seattle Seahawks, which is where his grade comes from.

Fun Facts
- Jon is Canadian!

GRADE: B+

Jeremy Kapinos
Jeremy Kapinos

*4 game in Green Bay

This is the guy who replaced the guy who replaced the other guy. (God our specials teams was a mess). After the Frost experiment ended, we went back to the big leg type. Kapinos is a fine punter who I hope we keep forever. In 4 games, he punted it 7 times within the twenty. That seems fine. There weren’t many times after a Kapinos punt, the tromadz gameday lounge was spammed with vulgarities(by me).

Fun Facts
- Jeremy’s nickname is “Iron Leg”

GRADE: B-

UP NEXT: COACHES!

Filed Under: 

Comments (10)

Alex's picture

I like the fact that you included Ryan.

IronMan's picture

I would give Mason Crosby a C-.

Why?

- ranked 30th in the NFL in fg percentage. 79%
- Missed 3 filed goals in the 30-39 range. Tied for the most in the NFL.

Paul's picture

You hate Canadians trom? Why do you hate us? What did we ever do to you? Well other then burn the white house in the war of 1812 :P

Profizzle's picture

Fair reviews, i love the F- for Bush, these are great.

Greg C.'s picture

The Canadians burned the White House in the War of 1812? I thought that was the British. Please explain, Paul.

Yes, the special teams were crummy, and it really depresses me because I'm afraid it had more to do with the personnel than with Mike Stock. Stock's special teams were decent in 2007, after all. I mean, what could Stock have done differently this year? Tell the kick coverage guys NOT to stay in their lanes? (Although if that's what he told them, they did a good job on a couple of crucial fourth quarter kickoffs.)

You should have graded Will Blackmon. I would give him a B+. He was excellent on punt returns, though nothing special on kick returns. Also, I don't think he fumbled or mishandled a single ball all season. I might even give him an A- were he not associated with the general suckiness that was the 2008 Packer special teams.

Greg C.'s picture

Damn, that was me who made that last comment. I thought I was already logged in. Maybe there isn't a login anyway.

packerslounge's picture

Fixed her up for ya Greg. No need to log-in on the main page. We wanted to keep it simple. We know you are a "no frills kind of guy."

Greg C.'s picture

Thanks, Alex. It's good to be back!

Paul's picture

It was the Canadians and the British, it was kind of a mix so I just go with Canadians since we were defending Canada and fought back from Canada.

Greg C.'s picture

Alright Paul, we'll give you that one. But remember: It gives us an excuse to invade you at any time.

I like Canadians, as do most Americans. Their politeness is a little scary sometimes, but they're basically cool. I saw a moose in Canada.

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