A couple of days ago, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy called place kicker Georgio Tavecchio by the name of “Sergio,” but my money says that McCarthy knows the second-year kicker after tonight’s scrimmage held during the annual Family Night at Lambeau Field.
That’s because Tavecchio was the clear winner in kicking competition held at the end of the scrimmage, hitting five of six field goals from varying distances, while veteran Mason Crosby struggled.
It was unclear if the wind patterns played a role in tonight’s kicking competition, but from the looks of it the flags at the top of the goal uprights, there was no wind, so it will be interesting to see if Crosby uses that excuse.
The left-footed Tavecchio didn’t let the noise or the pressure of his first kicking experience in Lambeau Field bother him. Crosby has always been known to have a strong leg, but he didn’t seem to dominate in that category tonight either.
Here is the kick-by-kick rundown of Saturday night’s competition:
• Crosby misses from 37
• Tavecchio good from 37
• Crosby good from 47
• Tavecchio no good from 47
• Crosby misses 51
• Tavecchio bounces ball off crossbar – good from 51
South end zone kicking competition: Tavecchio 2-1; Crosby 1-2
Kicks from the north end zone
• Crosby from 33 no good
• Tavecchio from 33 good
• Crosby from 43 no good
• Tavecchio from 43 good
• Crosby from 51 good
• Tavecchio from 51 good
North end zone kick competition: Tavecchio 3-0; Crosby 1-2
Competition total: Crosby 2-4; Tavecchio 5-1
Tavecchio also had enough to put the ball out of the back of the end zone during the kickoff competition portion of the night. Tavecchio, Crosby and punter Tim Masthay all took turns kicking off and while Crosby was supposed to dominate in this competition, he didn’t.
So, what’s up with Crosby? Has his leg lost its pop? Has Crosby’s accuracy gone away?
Coming off the worst season of his career, Crosby didn’t help his cause tonight and is now clearly battling uphill to regain his job. In my mind, unless Tavecchio falls down completely in the coming weeks, he’s got the edge right now and could take Crosby’s job if he continues his consistency.
The kicking competition could fast become one of the more interesting.
Stay tuned …