GREEN BAY – As far as special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum knows, the Green Bay Packers have no intention of bringing in any free-agent kickers to threaten Mason Crosby’s job security or light any sort of motivational fire under the struggling kicker.
“I don’t think we have any plans to bring anybody in. I don’t think there’s any issue in terms of urgency,” Slocum said Monday, one day after Crosby missed a 44-yard field-goal attempt in the Packers’ 31-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. “Mason knows full well what his job requirements are. I know full well what they are, and what all of ours are. There is an urgency. I assure you of that.”
After making 24 of 28 field-goal attempts last season, Crosby, who is in the second year of a five-year, $14.75 million deal that included a $3 million signing bonus and is paying him $1.65 million in base salary this season, has missed five of his last 10 field-goal attempts.
“The kick that he missed (Sunday), he’s got to make, No. 1. But he had good rhythm and tempo. I really wish he would have made that kick because it would have given him a lot of confidence,” Slocum said. “To his credit, he made the next one. But as we move forward, it’s going to be very important that he gets on a good roll and puts this part of the season behind him and starts making his kicks.”
An obviously agitated Crosby said he intended to use the bye week as a chance to get away from football entirely, and Slocum said he believed Crosby was doing the right thing.
“I think this time off will be good for him. He can clear the cobwebs and move forward – trust his training, trust his technique and trust what he is,” Slocum said. “And I look forward to him doing that.”
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