Crosby or Longwell? The answer is clear

Mason Crosby lines up for a field goal attempt against the Vikings last season. Matt Flynn is the holder. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

 

There have been some who have raised the question about whether Mason Crosby is a good fit in Green Bay. Thrown into the mix has been whether bringing Ryan Longwell back to Green Bay may be the answer.
I don’t think so.
Signing Crosby would not only be the right thing to do, it would be the smart thing.
The question was brought forth by totalpackers.com this weekend. In the article, statistics were presented showing a decline in Crosby’s production with the Packers. While Crosby has shown a decline in made field goals by a couple of percentage points, he is still converting better than three-fourths of his kicks … While also kicking in tough conditions at Lambeau Field.
The totalpackers.com article also points out that Longwell’s percentage has increased in his past four seasons and his career made percentage is around 83 percent … But what’s not pointed out is that many of those kicks came in controlled conditions inside domes.

Ryan Longwell lines up a practice kick on the sidelines at Lambeau Field last season. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Would Ryan Longwell really consider returning to Green Bay to kick outside in the December and January cold?
Probably not.
Mason Crosby will most likely be one of the highest priorities for the Green Bay Packers.
Yes, we’ve all seen Crosby plunk a couple off the uprights when the game is on the Line (remember Washington last year?). But we’ve also seen him drill 45-yarders in windy and cold situations.
Longwell is 37 years old; Crosby is 27.
The upside is with Crosby … a Longwell signing would be a stop-gap measure good for one, maybe two years. Signing Crosby to a long-term deal would not only be the most cost-effective decision, but the best decision for the football team.
As soon as the lockout is lifted and teams start negotiations, Mason Crosby should surely be in the crosshairs of the Packers brass.

Topics: Green Bay Packers, Mason Crosby, Minnesota Vikings, Ryan Longwell, Totalpackers.com

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