Don’t take this wrong, but Tavecchio seemed a bit distant in his job duties as he described being on the field and competing for a starting job with the Packers.
Here is the quote by Tavecchio that was published by Journal Sentinel Packers beat writer Tyler Dunne:
“I was out there but I kind of wasn’t. It’s difficult to explain. My body was there, but my mind, I got to where with my specific breathing patterns and my prayers that I recite in my head — to use a metaphor my body was driving the car but my mind was in the trunk. I was able to turn off and just let my body be.”
There’s no way I’m going to mock someone’s spirituality. Whether it’s Christian, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sihkism, Judaism, Bahaism, Confuscianism, Jainism, or Shintoism … I’m good with it all. If someone believes, no matter what they believe, that is a great thing and who am I to say they are wrong?
And for Tavecchio to use whatever method he can to put the ball through the uprights … well, I’m good with that, too. If it means praying and throwing one’s mind into a state where the body takes over and it works, well that’s great.
While the former University of California kicker is a longshot to make the roster, we have to give him his due. If he doesn’t make the team but helps to light a fire under Crosby, that’s even better.
However, what happens if Tavecchio somehow beats Crosby out for the position and the Packers go into the regular season with a guy who relies on his ability to put himself into a zone, I wonder if that might be what the Packers want.
My feeling is that Coach Mike McCarthy wants a kicker who understands what’s going on around him. This is the NFL, not a monastery. And you know and I know that given what Tavecchio has said above about his head being in the trunk … that the jokes will fly. If he misses, you know that every fan on the planet is going to comment about him taking his head out of that anatomical area where the sun don’t shine.
We all know that many thought that’s where Crosby had his head last year when he nearly kicked himself out of a job. We certainly don’t need two kickers with their heads in the same place.
So, here’s to hoping the Packers resolve their kicking woes from a year ago and that the one selected can get their act together and put the ball between the uprights.