GREEN BAY, WI (WSAU) Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy says he will not look for a new kicker, as the Packers start getting ready for the playoffs. Mason Crosby looked strained yesterday when he insisted to reporters that he was as happy as his teammates to celebrate their N-F-C North title.
McCarthy volunteered his second vote-of-confidence in four weeks, after Crosby missed both of his field-goal attempts in the Packers’ division-clinching win at Chicago. The sixth-year veteran has only made 17-of-29 field goals this season – and he has missed at least one field goal in each of his last eight games.
Crosby says he’s not worried about his job security, and McCarthy says he shouldn’t be. The coach said his kicker knows the importance of making his field goals, especially as the Pack gets down to crunch time.
The Packers have two regular season games left, and they still have a chance at getting the N-F-C’s Number-two playoff seed and a first-round bye in January. The Pack is a half-game behind San Francisco. But even if they don’t overtake the 49’ers, Green Bay is still guaranteed at least one home game in the post-season.
Wild Card Weekend would be the earliest it would happen. The Packers are 10-and-4, and will host Tennessee on Sunday. The Titans play the New York Jets tonight.