GREEN BAY, Wis. -- No matter how bad Mason Crosby's struggles got this season, the Packers continued to publicly show confidence in their kicker.
Midway through the season, when Crosby had missed five of his last nine field goals, coach Mike McCarthy stated repeatedly that there would not be a change. Green Bay never even brought in another kicker for a tryout. Crosby was going to be the Packers' kicker this season, and there was seemingly nothing that was going to alter that.
Now, after making his last four field-goal attempts over the final two regular season games, Crosby has started to validate the team's unwavering support of him.
"I'm very pleased with the way Mason has responded to the tough road he's gone down," McCarthy said Wednesday. "I'm pleased with what he's done the last two weeks."
Crosby described his performance in recent months as "a slump," but spoke frankly as if it was a thing of the past.
"I put in the work and I overcame a lot this year," Crosby said. "I...