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Scobee: Fourth Most "Underrated" Kicker Since 2000


So, EPSN had an article about Packer's kicker, Mason Crosby, explaining why, despite some of the rough games and seasons he's had, the Packers still stick with him. I got a few paragraphs into it, and it's because he attempts a lot of difficult kicks and he does so in a difficult field to kick at, etc, etc. But the article had a link to an MIT study about field goal kickers and I was curious to see where our own Josh Scobee fell. He's pretty middle of the pack when it comes to "make percentage" (39) and "added points" (24), but these are calculated without the degree of difficulty factored in, which includes variables such as distance, temperature, precipitation, and even situational variables such as playoff games and even being "iced." When these factors are added in, it turns out Scobee is underrated by 15% (whatever that means), which places him as fourth most underrated kicker.

I'm not a mathematician, so a lot of the numbers and charts and explanations are Greek to me, but still, it's good to know that we have a valuable asset that theoretically would be doing better if we weren't asking so much of him (and does so at what is considered the 14th out of 51 most difficult stadiums to play at in the past 12 years).

Now, just for fun, here's Scobee completing one of those difficult kicks we ask of him so often:

Jacksonville's 59 Yard Fieldgoal Kick (via JagsJaxFan)


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