Mason Crosby had an awful day at the office on Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Crosby would miss four field goal attempts and an extra point, leaving 13 points on the field. 13 points that could’ve put the Packers in a better position to squeak out a win. But despite the misses, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy still believes in his veteran kicker.
“He’s a proven, highly successful kicker. I still believe in him,” McCarthy said on Monday via Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Post-Gazette.
And rightfully so. Crosby has delivered big-time kicks in both the regular season and postseason throughout his career. From his field goal in Super Bowl XLV to put the Packers up six or in the Dallas thriller to send them to the NFC Championship game, Crosby has been clutch.
But on Sunday when the offense struggled to put up points in the end zone, Crosby missed from 38, 41, 42 and 56 yards. In addition to his extra point, that is. It’s early enough to move on from, but it’s a problem that needs to be fixed moving forward.
McCarthy and the Packers have a track record of getting players back on track after rough performances or a loss, and that’ll be the goal heading into a Monday Night Football showdown against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field.
“He had a tremendous training camp. He was striking the ball as well as I can recall,” McCarthy added.
Crosby, 34, has a career made field goal percent of 79.8 percent of his 361 field goal attempts, and just 11 missed extra points.