Packers' Mason Crosby Is Here for the Season, Folks & More NFC North News

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistDecember 17, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 09: Mason Crosby #2 of the Green Bay Packers kicks a field goal out of the hold of Tim Masthay #8 against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on December 9, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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There is more than a little concern about Packers kicker Mason Crosby and the fact that despite his struggles, Mike McCarthy isn't going to replace him.

Mike Woods of the Press-Gazette says that Crosby is trying to put the misses out of his mind, but it's clear he is struggling.

Here's the thing though—McCarthy is right in many ways that Crosby is the guy. You shouldn't take it as a long-term vote of confidence of course, but just an acknowledgement of the situation.

Really, who is available? Neil Rackers? Nate Kaeding? Ryan Longwell?

These guys all have names you might recognize and in some cases, remember as being attached to successful stints in the league.

All those stints ended much like Crosby's might. That being said, really all it would be is change for change's sake, which is really the last thing you want at this late date.

I'm not saying Crosby is awesome—he's really struggled. Just that the time for change was three or four weeks ago, so the new kicker would have had time to sync up with the team and more importantly, we'd know if he was any more clutch than Crosby.

Again, though, there just isn't much out there for a last-minute replacement.

I get it, you've been pulling out hair every time he lines up (you know I know, as I have seen Aaron Nagler pull his out in studio all season).

The time for a change was long ago, though.

Now the Packers are going to have to ride the Crosby roller coaster the rest of the way.

Don't forget your barf bags.

On to the rest of the NFC North.



Chicago Bears

The Chicago Tribune says that Brian Urlacher is leaping to the defense of head coach Lovie Smith. 

Brandon Marshall is mad as hell and not going to take it anymore—and he's right, according to ESPN Chicago's Jon Greenberg. 



Detroit Lions's Josh Slagter has reactions to the Lions' crushing loss from around the NFL media. 

The grades from yesterday's loss are out and Dave Birkett of the Free Press pulled no punches. 



Green Bay Packers

CheeseheadTV's Max Ginsberg is back with another round of his post-game Aftermath column.

The Packers are happy to win another NFC North title, but not satisfied by it, according to the Press-Gazette's Pete Dougherty.



Minnesota Vikings

Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 says that the Vikings' attitude is the key to their late season push. 

Vikings legend Bud Grant has some high praise about Adrian Peterson according to the Star Tribune's Sid Hartman. 



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