Over the past month, Press-Gazette sports editor Mike Vandermause has reiterated time and again that the Green Bay Packers’ need to stand by kicker Mason Crosby.
In his Tuesday column, Vandermause said the time has come to boo the struggling kicker, whose field-goal percentage fell to 58 percent after missing two more kicks during Sunday’s 21-13 win over Chicago.
The reason? McCarthy’s loyalty to Crosby flies in the face of one of his long-held and often-preached core beliefs that every player must be held accountable, according to Vandermause.
“Crosby isn’t getting the job done," Vandermause writes. " McCarthy knows it. General Manager Ted Thompson knows it. Special teams coach Shawn Slocum knows it. Packers players know it. And restless fans know it.”
Crosby has converted just 58.6 percent of his field goals (17 of 29) this season, which ranks last in the NFL by a wide margin. San Francisco’s David Akers is the next-worst kicker at 71.4 percent (25 of 35).
You can read the rest of Vandermause’s column here: http://tinyurl.com/blwh43b
*The NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement has changed the way the Packers and the rest of the league extend contracts to their players, meaning it’s less likely an extension will go down in the final weeks of the season, writes Press-Gazette reporter Pete Dougherty (http://tinyurl.com/czscpw4).
*In our Packers/Titans scouting report, Dougherty also takes a look at Tennessee’s running game, which hasn’t lived been nearly as dominant since Chris Johnson signed his extension a couple years ago (http://tinyurl.com/cvbhf94).
*It’s been 18 years since the Packers bid farewell to Milwaukee County Stadium (http://tinyurl.com/dyo56rn).