Packers Morning Buzz: How Mason Crosby can kick the yips

Stu Courtney
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Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby reacts after missing his third field goal of the day during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, in Detroit.

Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at

Let's start with Pete Dougherty's column on how Packers kicker Mason Crosby can best move on from his horrendous day in Detroit.

Pete writes:

To get a better sense for what athletes should do when they have a game like Crosby’s, especially at a finely tuned skill like kicking that is similar in so many ways to golf, I talked with Aynsley Smith, a sports psychologist at the Mayo Clinic and one of the foremost researchers in the world on the yips.

When an athlete she works with has a game like Crosby, she first has him talk through what happened, and when finished, quickly move on describing some of the best kicks and games of his career. She records it so he can listen later to reinforce the feelings of those successes. Then whenever the misses pop into his mind, she has him pretend his brain is a television and hit the remote to conjure the good feelings to replace the bad.

“He’s gone from being almost automatic for a great many kicks, then all of a sudden there’s this bad one,” she said. “You get tense a little bit and the muscles get a little tight. Then you almost yip perhaps on the second, third and fourth (miss). The faster he makes the transition and doesn’t keep ruminating — it’s almost like your brain is stuck in an old-fashioned long-playing record. Keep going over and over the bad part. By channel clicking as fast as possible onto the positive channel (the negative thoughts are blocked).”

You can read the entire column here:

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