The Green Bay Packers are sticking with Mason Crosby.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy reaffirmed the team’s commitment to the sixth-year kicker following Sunday’s 24-20 win over Detroit in which Crosby missed two field goals before eventually hitting a 39-yarder in the waning moments to build some cushion.
Crosby missed two attempts from 50 yards at the end of the first half. The first went wide right, but the Lions called timeout just before the kick, which led to him missing the next attempt wide left. He then missed another from 38 yards in the second half.
Crosby, who’s in the second year of a five-year extension he signed in 2011, has now missed seven of his 18 attempts this year for a league-low 61.1 percent.
“Mason has to put the ball through the uprights,” McCarthy said. “That’s something that we have to do a better job of. I thought Mason had a very good week of work, didn’t hit it today the way he needs to hit it, but we’ll continue with Mason. We will not blink as far as our commitment to him.”
Despite his misses, many of his teammates patted him on the back during the game, including wide receiver Greg Jennings, who could be seen trying to cheer him up following his second miss.
The Packers didn't work out any kickers during the bye week, remaining confident in Crosby's ability to turn his struggles around. While McCarthy admitted his kicker needs to find an answer for his recent funk, he believes Crosby will find an answer.
“When you have the opportunity to work with an individual every day and see what they’re about, their mentality, their commitment, they’re preparation up to it, I have no reasons not to believe in him,” McCarthy said. “I can see your pens are all writing now, but I understand he’s missing kicks in games and the bottom line is this is about performance on Sundays and I have all the confidence Mason is going to get that back because we need him.”