In 2009, the Green Bay Packers had their fair share of problems. A high number of sacks, numerous coaching issues, and a high penalty count were only a few of the issues that the highly anticipated Green Bay Packers were plagued with in 2009. But kicking issues? Surely not? Well it happened.
For any avid Green Bay fan out there that managed to catch at least five to 10 games last season, you more than likely would have witnessed kicker Mason Crosby butcher more than one kick in more than one game. It was a constant, like LeBron James biting his fingernails, Mason Crosby couldn't stop missing field goals.
It's odd for me to be writing a lengthy article solely based around a kickers performance, but amongst all the other nitpicking that the Packers have suffered through already this offseason, it is clear to me that this issue needs addressing.
When typing in Mason Crosby's name into NFL.com, I am reminded of just how gruesome this season was for the Packers kicking game. In a season that was plagued by misses, botched snaps and "Aww shucks" type expressions, Mason Crosby stood among the worst kicked during the 2009 season.
36 field goals attempted, 27 made. Yes I know, it is bad, and it only continues to get worse. A lousy 75% on the year, leaves the Packers with question marks on their special teams game plan, and more importantly their confidence in the kicking game heading into 2010.
But how do we solve a problem like Mason? Trade him? Release him? What? Well it's tough to say, but one thing is for sure, action needs to be taken.
With no backup kicker currently able and ready to suit up for the Packers in 2010, expect to see a small under the radar recruiting trade occur sometime in June or July that Ted Thompson will call "a backup plan". Hopefully for our sake, his backup plan works just as well as his original plan with Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.
Still though, no matter what the decision is, it doesn't take away from the fact that Green Bay lost way too many games in the dire straits of 2009. Often losing by only a field goal margin, the blame never seemed to really be on Crosby when it mattered, and rather on poor corner backplay by an inexperienced player such as Jarret Bush.
2010 marks a new era in football for the Packers in more ways than one. With people speculating a possible offensive lineman or linebacker pickup following the draft, we may be saying this time next season "Green Bay, we hardly knew ye."
As for Mason Crosby, he may be waving goodbye to his job, hell, it's about time to.
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