1) Introduction: The 2010 season would be Mason Crosby’s fourth as a Packer. Coming off of a disappointing 2009, where Crosby regressed a bit rather than improved, he had some work to do to justify the incentive clause he earned, doubling his salary.
For anyone who doesn’t know, I haven’t been the biggest fan of Mason Crosby. If I’m an NFL coach, my placekicker needs to at least hit 80% of his attempts, which Crosby has never done. I’ve ranted about what I perceive as the unwarranted confidence the Packers show in Crosby ( Mason Crosby: Mediocrity Rewarded). I’ve lampooned Crosby (Mason Crosby Finds the Answer to His Problems). But despite all of this, I promise to try to stay objective in this evaluation.
Mason Walker Crosby
Height: 6-1 Weight: 212 lbs.
3) Expectations coming into the season for that player: Be a more consistent kicker. The Packers brought no other kickers into camp, allowing Crosby to totally focus on correcting his right hashmark and confidence issues from 2009. Mike McCarthy expressed full confidence that Crosby would be “just fine” and expected as much.
4) Player’s highlights/lowlights: Crosby came out on fire in the Packers’ first game against the Eagles. He hit field goals of 49 and 56 yards, had 3 PATs and was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. His proudest moment was surely in the Super Bowl, hitting a 23-yard field goal with 2:07 remaining for the Packers’ final points. His biggest disappointment was probably hitting the upright with seven seconds left and a chance to win the game versus the Redskins. It was a 53 yarder with plenty of distance, and his second miss on the day.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Average. Crosby did not have many game-winning opportunities in 2010. He was called upon to salvage three points when the Packers offense sputtered, and did so at 78.6% average, an improvement over 2009’s 75%, but still below the 80% magic number.
6) Player’s contributions during the 6-win end-of-season run: Significant. Crosby made five of six field goal attempts over the Packers’ last six games, with his only miss a meaningless 4th quarter try against the Falcons. While he wasn’t called upon to hit a game winner, his late field goal in the Super Bowl insured the Steelers had to try to score a touchdown, rather than just get themselves in field goal position. Like the rest of the Packers, Crosby found his groove over those last six games.
Season Report Card:
(C+) Level of expectations met during the season
(C+) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(A) Contributions to team’s success during the playoff run (last 6 games)
Overall Grade for the year: B——————
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.