I liked this piece by Tom Silverstein at jsonline.com re Mason Crosby’s talent with the onside kick. For those who have watched football for a while now and seen a fair number of these kicks attempted, I’m sure you appreciated how incredibly good Crosby’s onside kicks have been this year. Those 2 kicks in Minnesota were things of beauty and only Sidney Rice’s Michael Jordan-like vertical interfered with our recovering them. Given his talent for this type of kick, I wouldn’t be surprised if McCarthy tries to sneak in one of these kicks mid-game sometime soon.
On a totally unrelated note (unless Jason Hunter is a closet onside kicker), I forgot until reading the bottom of this Silverstein article that Jason Hunter, former back-up DE for the Packers, is on Detroit and starts. He has a high motor and could be somewhat disruptive this Sunday. And, I believe he will have some extra motivation coming back to Green Bay because he may have felt slighted by the Packers this off-season when his name wasn’t part of the conversation for OLB in the new 3-4 (…he was eventually waived by the team in May shortly after re-signing with the team).
Stat of interest: Jason Hunter ran a 4.48 40 yard dash coming out of college His speed alone would have made him more effective at OLB in the 3-4 than Brady Poppinga.