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Packers Coach Mike McCarthy: ‘We’re Not Changing Our Kicker’


Packers fans are not going to be happy. It’s not that they’re an angry bunch that enjoys rooting for a man to lose his job. It’s just that right now, Green Bay’s kicker, Mason Crosby, can’t make a field goal. Sunday against the Bears he missed two more (from 43-yards and 42-yards) and is now 17-29 on the season. Packers coach Mike McCarthy, however, continues to insist that he will not be making a change at the kicker position. From the Green Bay Press-Gazzette:

After two more missed kicks in Green Bay’s 21-13 victory over the Bears at Soldier Field, the question on everyone’s mind is whether the Packers would be willing to make a kicking change just three weeks before the playoffs commence. Packers coach Mike McCarthy issued his second vote of confidence in four weeks for his beleaguered kicker. “We’re not changing our kicker, so you can write that down right now,’’ McCarthy said. “He’s our guy. He needs to make those kicks. He knows that. We’re at that time of year.’’ Crosby insisted job security was not part of his thought process. “I’m not thinking that way,’’ said Crosby, who is just 17-for-29 on the season and has missed a field goal in eight straight games. “That’s not even on my mind. We won the North Division as a team and this team has been fighting together and I’m not even going to think about that.’’ But Crosby’s continued troubles have left the Packers with a potential major hole in their arsenal. “Mason needs to make those kicks,’’ McCarthy said. “We’re at that time of year — we left points on the field today and the two missed field goals are definitely makeable field goals. Obviously, it factors into some of the decisions you make after that. It’s time for him to step up.’’