FACT: The Green Bay Packers have won five straight games.
FACT: In those five games, kicker Mason Crosby has made only six of 11 field goal attempts.
FACT: Crosby’s mid-season slump has not cost the Packers a game.
Sports talk radio and social media has been abuzz with speculation about the Packers possibly dropping kicker Mason Crosby (the Packers kicker since 2007) and replacing him with someone else. But those opposed to such a move point out that a quality replacement is not out there in the open market. The reality, however, is that Crosby’s slump has not caused the Pack to lose a game… yet!
But Packer Nation is less concerned about what hasn’t happened in the last five games; they are more concerned that if Crosby doesn’t get his mechanics fixed, or if his mental approach doesn’t change, there may come a game in the next six weeks where a Crosby missed field goal will cost the team a game (or worse yet, a playoff spot).
So let’s look at a few stats for Mr. Crosby.