GREEN BAY – Mason Crosby is as even-keeled and friendly a guy as there is in the Green Bay Packers’ locker room.
But the veteran kicker was in no mood Sunday after missing a 44-yard field-goal attempt in the Packers’ 31-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field. A week after doinking a 32-yarder off the right upright in a home victory over Jacksonville, Crosby wasn’t exactly happy to see a group of reporters approaching after the game Sunday.
“Missed a 44-yarder, got to make it, and we won the game. That’s how simple that is,” he said. Asked if he was frustrated, Crosby replied, “Obviously, yeah. I’ve got to make the kick. I warmed up as well as I had, I felt like I was hitting the ball well, it came off good and it just didn’t go through.
Crosby came back to hit a 33-yarder later in the game that pushed the Packers’ lead to 24-7, but he’s now missed five of his last 10 kicks dating back to his 0-for-2 performance at Indianapolis on Oct. 7.
“Obviously I’m tired of talking about missed kicks. Make the field goals, move forward and win the game. That’s ultimately the thing,” Crosby said. “I was able to hit a kick later in the game but just want to make the kick. I don’t want ot have to come and talk about missed kicks, especially when we win the game. That’s the most important thing is winning. I did hit another field goal to help this team win, but I’ve got to make ‘em both.”
Crosby was 24 of 28 on field-goal attempts last season, so sitting at 10 of 15 through nine games is surprising.
Asked about the miss, coach Mike McCarthy replied: “I’ve got to look at the film. I mean, it looked to me like he pulled it. Buy why? These are things that you go through in film evaluation. But I thought he hit the ball for the most part pretty darn good today. So, we’ll take a look at it.”
That look will come after the bye week. Crosby said he had no intention of doing anything football related during his time off, in hopes of getting a fresh start for the final seven games.
“I’m going to take a break. Get away from it for a sec and just get ready to go after this bye week,” Crosby said. “I’m not going to kick a ball. I’m just going to mentally just take a breather and come back strong after the bye.”
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