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Best & Worst Case Scenarios For The Specialists

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Best & Worst Case Scenarios For The Specialists

Welcome to the fourth annual best and worst case scenarios for every player on the Green Bay Packers roster.

I attempt to take a look at what is the very best possible season a player is capable of producing, and on the other hand, what would happen if a player fell flat on his face (without assuming they suffer a season-ending injury). These are intended to be extreme scenarios on both sides of the spectrum. More than likely, each player is going to fall somewhere in the middle, but every now and then, they just so happen to come to fruition. Think Charles Woodson last year.

I also try to take a look at what these scenarios would be from an individual standpoint and not what’s best for the team. For example, parting ways with Justin Harrell may eventually be what’s in the best interest of the Packers. I’m more interested in looking at what’s in Justin Harrell’s best interests (or worst interests for that matter).

Yesterday we looked at the safeties. Today we’re onto the specialists...

Mason Crosby

  • Best-case scenario: Thanks to a prolific offense, Crosby is one of NFL's highest scorers, if not the highest. But his field goal accuracy jumps up by a large amount as well. Sensing pressure to perform, Crosby has the best year of his professional career. He may not make the Pro Bowl, but his name starts thrown in the discussion of the best kickers in the NFC. He doesn't miss an extra point all year long, and he sets a career high in touchbacks on kickoffs.
  • Worst-case scenario: Right hash, left hash, it doesn't matter. Crosby's field goal percentage is below 80 percent for the third consecutive year, and he buckles under the pressure. He's the Packers' kicker for better or worse this season. They're not going to cut him unless he only makes 60 percent of his field goals, but in his fourth year in the NFL, the team has a pretty good idea they'll be moving in a different direction by next season. His kickoffs leave a lot to be desired.

Tim Masthay

  • Best-case scenario: Masthay is an improvement over Jeremy Kapinos. He has a decent average, both gross and net, and his hang time is acceptable. His get-off time improves as well. The Packers didn't find the next Craig Hentrich with Masthay, but they're in a lot better shape than they have been the past two years. He nails down the place kick holding position too.
  • Worst-case scenario: The Kentucky product is the latest in a growing line of big-time punting mistakes. He's just as bad as Kapinos and Derrick Frost, maybe worse. The Packers have no choice but to keep Chris Bryan or look outside the organization.

Chris Bryan

  • Best-case scenario: Bryan does a nice job adjusting to the NFL, very similar to fellow import Jon Ryan's first year with the Packers. Bryan proves to have a big-time leg and is good at pinning opponents inside the 20. With a little more time and experience, he might be as good as fellow Australian punter Darren Bennett.
  • Worst-case scenario: His inexperience and inconsistency causes him to lose out on the punting job to Tim Masthay. The failed experiment of Chris Bryan teaches the Packers not to try and get creative in the punting position and instead look to go after proven punters with more experience. This may have been Bryan's first and only chance at winning a job in professional football int he United States.

Brett Goode

  • Best-case scenario: Goode doesn't have an errant snap all season long, which makes him among the most reliable long snappers in the game. If he can hustle down field and contribute a few tackles on punt coverage as well, that's gravy.
  • Worst-case scenario: He's not getting cut, but Goode has at least two very poor snaps that lead to turnovers. If any of them costs the Packers a chance at victory, people will be calling for his head.

That concludes our best and worst case scenario series. That also means it's time for some football. Enjoy.

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Damico's picture

This "Best and worst case scenarios" series has been a complete joke. Anyone can write a column saying, "best case, this player does well/improves on past performance. Worst case, he regresses, doesn't do well, or doesn't make the team."

Instead of writing a researched column with unique insight that might be somewhat useful to readers, this drivel is what we get. Pathetic, lazy crap that football starved folks actually take a minute to read. Well, I want my minute back.

Bearmeat's picture

Easy Damico - this site and Carriveau in particular DOES have unique and though provoking insights into the world's best team that you can't get on any "professional" paper.
CHTV knows the team and players well. It does a great job on pertinent info from other teams. It is not stuck with being PC like so many papers, yet it rarely has "fan goggles".
Bottom line, this site is a daily read for me. These guys are fans with the aptitude to be pros. If it's not for you, or you don't like it, then don't come here.

Tom's picture

I wholeheartedly disagree. CHTV is not the only Packers blog currently running some sort of series like this. These articles provide a useful opportunity to break down each group of players and remind fans, both diehard and casual, who is still around past the handful of first stringers we all know and what to expect out of them in the coming weeks. I think heading into training camp and the preseason this is just the sort of thing to get fans excited and provide a foundation for the articles all season long. As for it being easy or without research, I suggest you try publishing a few articles and we'll see how they stack up.

Brian Carriveau's picture

Damico, you've complained about my writing before and yet you continue to come back. I'm not sure you have anyone to blame but yourself.

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aussiepacker's picture

Damico you should show some respect and keep your shit negative comments to yourself, You wouldn't have a clue what amount of effort the men and woman of this site put in not to mention there respective partners and the sacrifices that go in to bringing us packers fans all the latest news and ground breaking stories, weekly shows and radio broadcasts. And i forgot to mention they do it for free. So show some goddamn respect.
P.S let us know what sites you write on so we can check out the mind blowing original articles.

Tom's picture

Right on, Bearmeat

cole's picture

I think they are cool articles, get a sense of realistic ceilings for players, that way you can go into the season with expectations to judge with. Be cool to see this article again at the end of the year compared to where the players actually ended up preformance wise.

Johnny Smith's picture

The Chris Bryan 'experiment'. Give me a break - the start of a long career for this bloke. You guys have no idea how quickly Chris has adapted - no idea.

packeraaron's picture

Hope you're right man. By your email addy I assume you have some knowledge here - care to share w/the group?

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